Holiday Cheer

In the midst of the chaos, the shopping, the baking, wrapping presents and crazy family members; take time to enjoy this season. 

When the mess and the noise seem to be too much, take a step back and look at what’s around you. Family and friends. Life and love. In this crazy messed up world, love a little deeper and realize your best Christmas/Holiday, however you choose to celebrate, is in those who gather around your table. Soak it up. Reflect on the good and the bad of this past year and strive for new things next year. 

Merry Christmas from my humble little family. And may your heart grow three sizes today.


There’s Got To Be More Than This…

I feel trapped in a cocoon of heavy wool and I’m struggling to break free. I feel the sobs crawling up the back of my throat, threatening to escape. In the depths of my soul I’m clawing my way out, but I can’t seem to make a dent. I’m choking on complacency. The very marrow of my bones are crying out. I’m planted in sand and one whoosh of water will overtake me. 

There’s got to be more to life than this. I have got to be designed for so much more. This can’t be all that there is! 

I ache for change. A sign that points me in the direction I was created for. I cry out for relief from the mundane. I crave crazy love and wild adventures. Passion and exploration. I need more than this rut I’m in.

No one understands. Or even tries to. Stuck in the race, content for ordinary. Someone save me!



I have a severe case of wanderlust. I get these days were I feel like I need to break free from the mediocrity of life. The mundane, every day crap of life. Now, don’t get me wrong, my life is good. I have great children, a job and my necessities are taken care of. But, deep in the marrow of my bones, I am a wanderer. A nomad. It crawls on my skin, soaking into my soul, to wander. I am not meant to stay in one place.

However, being a parent limits my ability to wander. I have to stay rooted, for now, and give my children stability and security.

That will not keep me from exploring with them. Giving them the desire to see new things, explore, wander, travel, learn, and soak up all that there is in this world. Experiences outweigh stuff.

My soul longs for the road less traveled. I am in love with places I have never been. I get restless, unable to stay in one spot. I want to move, see new sights. Eat new foods. Be completely wrapped up in another place, like a warm blanket swaddling me in the comfort of travel. I need to break free.

I have been told that I am depressed or bi polar or unable to cope with life. I will agree to some extent. I have suffered depression, and when I am high, I am high, and when I am low, it’s very low. However, I know, my heart and soul cry out, that I am a wandering spirit. I can’t be caged into one place. I have to be free to soar. Let the wind take me where it desires.


I am a nomad. I have a serious case of wanderlust and it can’t be tamed. While for now my life must have roots and stability, one day, I will run and wander until I am content. Which I hope will be never.

Teriyaki Meatballs

On busy weeknights, it nice to have a great tasting meal that is won’t take tons of time or ingredients to make. I make meatballs using ground beef, ground chicken or ground pork depending on the style of meal. These meatballs are so easy to whip up and can be used with a variety of sauces.

For this particular meal, I used ground pork, teriyaki sauce and pineapples for tasty sweet treat. This goes great with fried rice, steamed rice, or I served ours with sauteed cabbage for a lighter meal.



Teriyaki Meatballs:

1lb. ground pork

1 egg

1/2 cup panko or bread crumbs

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp minced onions

Salt and Pepper to taste

Teriyaki Sauce

1 tbsp corn starch

1 can of drained pineapple tidbits



Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet on medium heat. Mix ground pork, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, onions and salt and pepper until incorporated. Make into little balls. It will be a little sticky, but that is okay. Place into heated skillet, letting brown on each side. Add pineapple.

Mix cornstarch with enough hot water to make a paste. Mix with teriyaki sauce ( I used half a bottle). Add mix to the meatballs and heat on high heat until boiling. Reduce to simmer, allowing sauce to thicken.

Serve over rice or with your choice of veggie. Enjoy!


Travel Is Better Than Therapy

BallonTravel has a way of putting life into perspective. Those worries and insignificant details of every day life fall away when you are experiencing another culture. You become so immersed with their lifestyle, that you realize that what you thought really mattered, really don’t matter at all.

Sometimes all it takes is just getting away. You don’t have to jump continents or fly across the country to travel. Seek out adventure. Take a weekend road trip and let another area soothe your weary soul. Take time alone. Find out who you really are away from the madness of daily life. Yes that madness will still be there when you return, but you will have taken the time to tend to yourself. Let another culture, surrounding, environment wash over you.

You see, once you step away from all the things that are pushing you down, you start to see more clearly. You realize your strength and ability. Your worth and what you really want from life. You meet other people and listen to their stories and find out that we all struggle with the same problems. But seeing it in a different light, it helps you see how small they really are in the grand scheme of life.

Being a single parent has limited me to some extent on my ability to travel, alone and with my kids. But, BUT, I have found a way to do both. Weekend trips with the kids and a week long cruise with my family helped center us as a unit. I gave my kids the gift of an experience over the gift of monetary items. We bonded and shared memories that will last longer than their electronics.

I took a trip to Mexico without my kids. I have been to Dayton, Chicago, and Denver. Without my children. And in those moments, I have found out who I am, aside from being a mom. I was able to reconnect with my soul and fill in what I was missing.

┬áLife is too short to stay in one place. Go out! See life!! Even if it’s just for a few days. You are important. Take care of yourself. Experience life. Realize that memories and experiences are more valuable than anything you can buy. One quote I have heard that fits perfectly; “Travel is the only thing that cost money, but makes you rich.”

Come back refreshed and renewed. And start planning another trip!