Week In Review (October 7 – 13, 2013)

Have I mentioned how much I love being out at the family vacation home in Utah?  This place is my heart home.  I feel so grounded when I am here.  Even if I am stuck at the computer all day, I can just look out the window at those glorious mountains and feel at peace.   I was lucky to squeeze in a 2-week trip out here this fall, which I am more than halfway through now.  I think most people assume when I go out to Utah that I am on vacation, but in reality, I am just living out my daily life and to-dos in a different location.  I spend just as much time working on videos and blog posts as I do at home.  I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to do so in this setting and I figure it’s better to grab the opportunity while it exists.  This beautiful home that I have free and clear access to is available to me in this beautiful place, so why not come and enjoy it?  I can still be productive and reap the benefits of how much this place relaxes me at the same time.  It’s a no brainer, if you ask me.

Enjoying the Beauty of Fall

OJ|MHWL WIR 10-14-2013I spent the first few days of my trip out here with just Winnie as my companion.  As much as I love my husband and dearly miss him when we are apart, I think a little distance every once in awhile is actually a very healthy thing for our relationship.  Especially considering that we see each other a lot since we both currently work from home, it was nice to have a few solo days to just do my own thing (plus it made our reunion that much sweeter!).  Winnie and I took advantage of the warmer weather early last week with some beautiful long walks, including a mini hike up at the Uinta National Forest.  I’ve wanted to explore that area for a long time now and it was fun to enjoy a short trail hike with my favorite canine companion in tow.  Winnie absolutely loved the hike.  She may look like a frou-frou kind of dog, but she’s one tough cookie.  Shih Tzus are known for their sturdiness.  The foliage was breathtaking!  I found the hike very therapeutic in combatting some pretty intense cramps and coming down with a nasty cold.  Being out in nature always makes me feel better!

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

I was happy that my cold didn’t stop me from experiencing a new first – collaborating with a fellow YouTuber to make videos together!  I’ve watched many other YouTubers collab videos and never really thought that would be something I would have an opportunity to do, seeing as how I am very shy in person and really don’t know any other YouTubers in the Chicago area.  Kristina from StarOfMay on YouTube reached out to me couple of months ago after watching my vlogs and learning of my travels to Utah, inquiring if I’d be interested in shooting some collab videos with her since she lives in the general Salt Lake City vicinity.  I was super excited to hear from her, especially considering how much I love her channel and her beautiful blog where she showcases her stunning paper crafts.  We met at her house this past weekend for a fun day of chatting, crafting, nail stamping, sharing organization tips, and filming.  She even invited me to bring Winnie over, which is a great help to me especially in new social situations.  Sadly, Winnie and her cat Mannie did not become fast friends as we had hoped, but we had a really good time nonetheless.  I am very proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone to not just meet someone new, but actually collaborate with a fellow YouTuber.  I don’t have the easiest time meeting new people and making new friends due to some issues with social anxiety, but Kristina’s warmth and kindness made the experience a truly positive and enjoyable one for me.  I hope to share the videos we filmed very soon, so stay tuned if you’re interested!  I also highly recommend checking out Kristina’s channel and blog (links above) to see her beautiful work.

Even though I am still under the weather at the beginning of this week, I am so enjoying these last few days in Utah with the beautiful mountains, gorgeous fall colors, and my sweet husband and pup to complete the experience.  I hope you are enjoying your days as well, and finding moments to enjoy the beauty of the season amidst the daily to-dos.

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17 thoughts on “Week In Review (October 7 – 13, 2013)”

  1. Hi Jen! Glad you are having a nice time in Utah, although I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well! I look forward to seeing your collaboration videos- sounds like a fun day!

  2. I am so happy for you Jen! I look forward to seeing this collaboration!! I recently found you and was thrilled to learn you live in Chicago. I am planning to move to Colorado although Utah is also an option. After finally experiencing Colorado I know exactly what you mean about the feeling you get when you see and breathe in the mountains. Utah looks breathtaking. Winnie is just so adorable. Thank you for sharing your life and your invaluable organizing skills. It so nice to know I am not alone in my organization quirks. I don’t think they’re quirks but everyone else seems to. 😉

  3. Thanks for sharing with us. Your vlogs are wonderful, I look forward to them every day. Hope you and Don feel better very soon.

  4. I hope you and Don feel better soon. I had the pleasure of meeting Kristina at the Craft Show in Los Angeles (twice actually). She is super sweet and very talented. Excited to see what you guys do together, two very talented women! Thank you for sharing!

  5. it shows that you love being there, it really does.

    I’m so glad you are doing Vlogtober. around 4 p.m here your new vlog is up, then it’s time for my cuppa and a look to see what you’ve been doing.

    I agree about the distance thing. It is good in a marriage. Before our daughter was born, my husband used to go skiing every Feb with his BIL & nephews. People would ask if I’d wanted to go, or if it felt odd that he was away. Ha. No! I enjoyed the peace & quiet & time alone!

    Enjoy your Autumn time in Utah, it’s certainly beautiful. Autumn is my favourite time of year, it’s a shame it’s such a short season.

      1. LOL. She got the idea for her office space from watching your videos. You got me into organizing and planning when I found you on YouTube. My new home is manageable and pretty because of you.

        Thank you.

          1. Yes! There is a separate group for trading & selling. The one I am talking about is Planner Addicts. There are daily/monthly photo challenges, people ask advice on using their planner, people post pics of their decorated planners and printable sheets, pics of planner related hauls, etc… It has made me step my game up in the planner arena lol No more plain paper and pencil for me 🙂 A lot of people do swaps, also. For example, I am in a birthday month swap, where I am sending stickers, post its, etc. for planners related to my partner’s birthday month. It’s fun and like a secret little club 🙂 Email me if you want an invite, as I think it’s a private and hidden group now. I put my email in above, but let me know if you can’t see it.

  6. Ah nature. A leaf, a patch of sky, a whole forest. Highly nourishing for city dwellers. I am originally from Chicago but love the Southwest. There is nothing like that open sky. That air. Enjoy!!!

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