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August Changes

Yes, I said August changes. It has been a month since I wrote, although it feels like longer. When I left off in August, I was recapping our June trip to Vegas and Yosemite. But that story can wait, because there have been some big changes in the Jacobs’ household.

The first change was a very sad one. We lost our Thea  🙁  Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram may already know this. After we found out about Thea’s tumor, her health declined very quickly. The point came when we knew it was time to say goodbye.


I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – Thea was my once-in-a-lifetime dog. She was such a special soul, and she was an incredibly important member of our family. We were devastated (including Bailey), but it brings me comfort to know she is with my dad. I will see her again one day…

The other change has been a very happy one, and it actually had its start the day before we put Thea down. That day, I interviewed for a new job. Not even a week later, I got and accepted the job. I have a new job!!

I left the higher education world for the business world. I took a marketing communications job with a local marketing company. I manage social media and write for a living now. This was a change I had been contemplating for some time, and the time finally came to make the move.

My home for the last five and a half years, all empty on my last day.

The move was definitely scary. I had been with the university for seven years. I had been working in higher education para-professionally/professionally for 10 years. Heck, my master’s degree is in higher education counseling. But over the last five years, I had been dabbling in social media and ultimately made it a large portion of my work. I found another area of passion, and I’m so excited to finally be pursuing it full time.

I will say that I deeply miss the students I worked with. And I was sad to leave so many of the things I built at the university. But I am now in a happier, healthier place. I’ve been in my new job for a month, and it’s going great!

So yeah, a lot has changed in the Jacobs’ household in a short period of time. Oh, and I can’t forget a third big change that will impact our family for years to come…

Back in Balance

Life has gotten horribly out of balance these last few months, and it is finally catching up with me. On Wednesday, I was hit with a splitting headache a couple hours into the workday. I went home, slept for several hours, and woke up with my head still throbbing. Boo  🙁

I saw the following quote on Pinterest (where else  🙂  ) that struck a cord with me:

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”  – Marilyn Monroe

If you are a regular reader of my little ol’ blog, you have probably noticed a drop in the regularity of my writing. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking of my blog – actually, I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I have just struggled to make time for it in my life. I’m sad about that.

I’m not 100% sure how I plan on getting back on track, but I intend on doing the best I can to put my life back into the “right” order. I hope you hang in there with me. I know I’m not the only person out there struggling with work-life balance, so maybe we can figure out how to do better together  🙂

One of the reasons that I started a blog about my camping adventures was the peace camping brought to my life. Since I can’t get out and camp as often as I’d like to, I need to find that peace at home. And to do that, I need to regain the balance I once had.

Here’s to getting my real life back…

Wisconsin's Western Wonders

This week, I traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin for a work conference. It had been over a decade since I was last in La Crosse, and I either forgot or never realized how beautiful the area is.

My first trip to La Crosse, mid 1980’s. I love my hair so much in this photo that I often get the urge to chop my hair off anytime I look at it.

Western Wisconsin is so different from the southeastern region I call home. Glaciers never touched the western realm of the state like they did here, so there are more jagged hills. Driving through the area feels a little like entering the foothills of a mountain range…kind of 🙂 .

A view of the bluffs lining the western shores of the Mississippi.

Bluffs on the Wisconsin side of the river. Doesn’t it look like I was in the mountains? No? Ok.

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