It’s A Life Lived

“I think people would live a bit longer if they didn’t know how old they were. Age puts restrictions on things.”
― Karl Pilkington

I am not old, but I am not young. I guess that all depends on who you talk to, though. My parents will tell you I’m young. I have no children to give you their own opinions but my friends’ kids will tell you I’m ooooooooooooolllllld. Sometimes I agree with both of them but most of the time I feel ageless. I try not to let the number of decades I’ve lived dictate to me what I can and cannot do. I cook, I hike, I volunteer, I donate plasma, I play with my pets. I grow flowers and veggies, I dance (sometimes even in public), I drink juice, I drink booze, I go out, I stay in. I go to the gym, I swim at the beach, I read, I watch (too much) tv, I complain about these kids today and I give dirty looks to old people who swerve into my lane. Those last two are maybe not such good things, but I am also honest.

I hope these things will help me live a long and rewarding life, full of adventure, love, and experience. This blog is a record of this life lived. It includes recipes I’ve created or found, trails I’ve hiked, new experiences and adventures I’ve had, goals and projects I’ve at least attempted. It’s also the combination of two separate blogs: Daily Duluth and Working With What You Have.

Daily Duluth began as a daily photo record of Lake Superior. I moved to Duluth, MN in 2009 and was awestruck by the way the Lake seemed to change day by day, hour by hour. So I took a picture of it nearly every day and analyzed it’s color using Photoshop, and created a color theme for each photo utilizing Kuler. The project was meant to only last one year so after that my posts became quite sporadic.

Working With What You Have was intended to be a log of recipes I either created or discovered that utilized common ingredients that most people, like me, would have on hand. I don’t cook every day and I fail at making new recipes quite a lot so the posts for that, too, became few and far between.

Then I began making posts that didn’t really fit either of those blogs. Things like my bucket list, a new “Something New” series that chronicles myself and my husband trying things we’ve never done before, and a record of my journey along the Superior Hiking Trail. So I decided to combine everything and turn it into one blog.

Life Lived is a record of my attempt to live life fully, to explore and discover, to learn new things, keep my mind open and enjoy my time on this planet. Simply put, I want to live a little.

“To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.”
― Criss JamiVenus in Arms


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