Mountain Chic

Reflections and observations on culture, food, style and travel

Happy Friday!  What are your weekend plans?  We are taking Finn on his second-ever camping trip this weekend.  We are super excited!

Through writing this blog, I hope to better document and pay attention to the life I am creating for myself and my family.  It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day; sometimes I’ll flip the calendar from one month to another and think, “Where did that go?!  And what did we do?!”  I’m also finding it can be way too convenient to not do the things I’d like, telling myself, “There’s always next week, next year.”  I want to be more deliberate about experience.  Recently, I’ve enjoyed a throwback to a paper calendar with a monthly view, as I feel satisfied when, with a single glance, I can check in with our busy lives and make sure we’re scheduling the things that matter.  This blog is an evolution of this attitude – reminding me to experience and document this really cool life.

In that vein, here are some of the things I am grateful for on this Friday, for making my “trails” a little happier all week long.  Happy trails to you, on whatever adventures you have planned over the next few summer days.

1: A Red Rocks concert with my husband and great friends (more on this coming Monday!)…


2: Making this awesome banana bread with Finn for breakfasts while camping…

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3: Checking out this super cool interactive feature on the New York Times about 52 Places to Go in 2015

4: Kate Betts, whose book, My Paris Dream, I wrote about earlier this week, retweeted my tweet about her book.  I hadn’t even tweeted before this week.  Super cool for her to acknowledge me – I was so dorkily happy about this.  I was thrilled at the distant brush with a professional writer, and was excited about a social media interaction involving something I’d written here…

5: Bath time with Finn, who turns 3 next week.  Time moves so fast, yet so slow.  That saying, “The days are long but the years are short,” has never been more true for me than since Finn was born.  He seems to have been a part of our lives forever and yet he is still so tiny, precious and vulnerable.  I feel so lucky to have the time to focus on him and our lives together…

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Last but not least… Selfie in a fuzzy new fleece I can’t wait to wear this weekend.


Disclaimer: As a former English teacher who constantly harassed my students about giving proper credit to sources, I feel I must acknowledge bloggers like Naomi from Love Taza and Emily from cupcakes and cashmere, who inspired me to dedicate Friday posts to the things making me happy.  While my Friday posts will obviously have my own filter on a “gratitude list” of sorts, I am grateful to these women for kindling this idea in me.  

One thought on “Happy Trails

  1. hwellman91 says:

    Your “gratitude list” reminds me of a TED talk I just watched — don’t know if you’ve seen it, but it’s buzzing around the NYT circles.

    And the article with more info in the NYT:

    I love the idea of changing your mental outlook to scan for the positives, not the negatives. Looks like you’re already on board with the trend 🙂


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