The Little Things

Farmer’s Market Adventures

This week I am thankful for:

  • Weddings
  • Baby Giggles
  • Cantaloupe
  • Homemade Kombucha
  • Surrounding Support and Love

Life is busy. It is always, constantly moving and changing. It is so easy to get caught up in our to-do lists and before we know it, days and weeks have passed us by. This is the constant challenge of our days. Not being present. Not living in the moment and taking it for what it is. Technology makes this even more challenging.

With my blog, my challenge groups, running the local BuyNothing Group and trying to stay in touch with family and friends, I am connected A LOT of the time in a day. There comes a point in almost every day that I just turn my phone on silent and disconnect. I can feel my anxiety rising and my head getting overwhelmed with the constant stimulation of technology.

It is so important for us to do this; to force ourselves to be disconnected from the world-wide web and re-connect with what is in front of us.

That is what this blog is really about.

When I first left the northwest, I felt very lost and very not at home. I am still missing a huge part of myself in my sister, mom and niece that I had to leave to move to the MidWest; but I have adapted. Every day has gotten easier and something I have truly grown to appreciate is time. If you weren’t already aware, the population is most cities in the MidWest is nowhere near that on the coastal cities. I can get anywhere in 15 minutes and I don’t have to plan my day around traffic. It is very simple to run to the store after work, go for a walk or spend time in my garden.

And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

My bike is becoming one of my better friends these days. Just last week, Lance and I rode a few miles down to our weeknight Farmer’s Market at Valley Junction. We didn’t buy anything, but there were several booths to buy produce, baked goods and food trucks. They also had those cute little tourist-y shops with local art and home decor (which might end up on my walls someday…)

There was live music playing songs from the 80s and I literally stopped to watch an older couple (probably in their 60s/70s) dancing together. They were the only two on the dance floor/parking lot. I was mesmerized. It was incredibly sweet and reminded me just how much we all need to dance a little.

We were able to stop at a newer brewery in WDM, Fox Brewing for a small flight before finishing our ride back to the house for dinner. That is something I love about Des Moines. Their bike trail system is incredible and accessible. It feels great to get outside, be active and be able to stop for lunch, a brew, a picnic, etc. The opportunities are pretty endless.

It’s the little things that make me smile.


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