Happy Friday! Weekend vibes are in full swing around here and I’m super excited about today’s post! (Also, happy birthday momma!) When I first started my blog, like many people, it was mostly for me. I wanted a creative outlet, I wanted to share things with the world, and I wanted to build a community of like-minded people. I’m a little over a year into this journey and sometimes I still feel confused with my mission, but more than anything, I’m missing a little bit of the personal side of blogging. So, I’ve decided to start a little series on the blog and I’m calling it the Wine Not Weekend Chat. You can expect real-talk beyond the travel guides and lists, monthly themes, questionnaires, and more!
Right now, I’m sitting on my couch in a tank top and leggings, sipping on some wine and just ready to spill a little bit of my heart into this post – something I very rarely do. I always want to provide information, guides, and posts that are educational and of benefit to you. But what’s the point of listening to my advice and suggestions if you have no idea who I really am? So babe, grab yourself a glass of wine (or coffee if you’re reading this before 4:00pm, I guess..), and let’s get the conversation going!
Let’s Chat About…
What I’m Sipping On:
Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, I’ve partnered with Santa Rita Wines recently and yes, I really do love this wine! Haha I think it’s funny when people ask if “I actually like it”. I mean, one, I’m a wine lover in general. It’s kind of hard for me to find a wine I don’t like, but the fact that Santa Rita tastes great and fits my budget, it’s a win-win.
Did you know? My hubby, Marc-André, works in the wine industry. When we first started dating, he wouldn’t touch a glass of wine. I had to start him with Moscato, but fast-forward to now, he’s a total wine lover and kicks ass at his job.
I’ll also take this time to mention that I have turned down collaborations with brands because the product was either of poor quality, I genuinely didn’t use/want it, or it just wasn’t a match for me. I am so fortunate that I have the ability to be picky about what I post and promote. So please always know, I’ll keep it real with ya.
For several months now, I’ve had a wild dose of wanderlust streaming through my veins. At times, I feel like it’s so intense that it’s felt like it paralyzed me. I haven’t been able to make decisions (I am a Libra though) and I feel like I’m going around in circles. I want to go to so many places and see so many different things, that I couldn’t even decide where to go on our next trip.
But not to worry. Some decisions have been made and I have a couple of different trips over the next 6 weeks! 😉✈️
If you know me in real life then solo travel is something I’ve been bringing up for months. I’ve dipped my toes in the water and now I’m ready to do even more. I don’t know why, but the idea of it completely thrills me. I spent a weekend alone in Orlando earlier this year, I’ve been to Epcot multiple times by myself, and I keep reading so many solo travel blogs that I’ve been tempted to go to the airport and just hop on a flight. It fascinates me and it’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was in college. Now, I finally feel like I’m a place in my life where I can make these wild dreams a reality. I’m putting it out in the universe that I’m going to explore a little more of the world while also discovering a whole different side of myself.
A Sensitive Subject:
The baby talk. Ya’ll. It’s gotten intense. And again, if you know me in real life, please don’t feel bad if you’ve asked recently. I’m just putting this here for anyone and everyone that might be in the same boat. I’ve been married for 2.5 years now so it seems like everyone is so eager for me to be walking around with a baby on my hip. And it’s flattering at times, really.
But I’m telling you… a baby is the biggest and most personal decision a couple could ever make together. Be respectful of couples that aren’t diving into that chapter yet. Maybe they don’t want kids. That’s their choice. Maybe they’ve been trying for years and it kills them to be questioned. Maybe they’ve had losses they haven’t shared. Perhaps some couples want to be selfish just a little bit longer. No matter what, you don’t always know their story. Just be kind.
Chances are if you’ve been around me, I’ve tackled the conversation before you could bring it up. And yes, I’ve probably been confusing at times. I even wrote a “Before Baby Bucket List” over 10 months ago, prompting a lot of “are you trying” questions and I don’t blame you! Just know that I’m pretty outspoken about my personal life. I usually won’t leave you guessing. I’ve always known that I want to be a momma one day, but everything about this season of life has been rollercoaster. We’re on our own journey. And yes, I absolutely adore getting my baby fix with all the wonderful kids that are in my life!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may occasionally see my stories with screenshots of my Apple watch after a run. Around December, I started stepping up my running a little to help ease my anxiety and it’s turned into something I actually look forward to. Like, what?! Who am I? So, since the beginning of the year, I’ve been running around 35 miles a month and now, for the first time in nearly 8 years, I’ve hopped back on my road bicycle. Fitness is a part of my life 4-6 days a week now. Not only have I lost those 10 pounds I thought I’d never lose, but I’m happier.
Did you know? In college, I completed a few triathlons! I trained with a group called Team in Training where we trained together for months while also raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We all completed an Olympic Triathlon (.93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike ride, & 6.2-mile run) in St. Petersburg, Florida, and I raised over $3,000! It’s now been nearly 8 years since I last raced, but getting back on the bike has been insanely fun.
I haven’t signed up for any races, but you might be seeing a little more fitness content on the blog in the near future. And babe, I’m here to be your biggest fan. Seriously, there’s nothing better than having people rooting for you. Talk to me about your fitness goals. What do you do – or want to do – that can keep you healthy inside and out?!
You might’ve seen this on Instagram already, but I recently read on the internet that you find out who you really are as a human being when you’re 29 years old. (How they determine this stuff, I don’t know, but I liked it.) I’m about to turn 29 and a half, and I feel like this has been the most eye-opening year of my life thus far. I’m discovering a whole different side of personality and dreams. I am tapping into every corner of my soul, and I’m feeling all the feels so deeply. With that said, I’ve been a bit of a quote whore lately. I save them on my Instagram like they’re going out of style. I probably have enough to fill up a book at this point. So, let me leave you with a couple of my favorites:
“Sometimes the Universe doesn’t give you what you want because… what you want is mediocre in comparison to what she has in store for you.” – Paige Cole
'Sometimes the Universe doesn't give you what you want because... what you want is mediocre in comparison to what she has in store for you.' - Paige ColeClick To Tweet
“For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Cheers to the Wine Not Weekend Chat 🍷
I wanna wrap up this little Wine Not Weekend Chat by telling you how much I appreciate you. Eventually, I hope to transition these weekend chats into YouTube videos and/or Instagram Lives. Wine Not Weekend Chats will be published during the first weekend of every month (for now) and I want to hear from you! I want to know what’s going on in your head. Let me know what you want to chat more about and send me your questions! I’m here for it all, babe. Cheers to the weekend!