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I just want to take an Internet moment and say how much I love @wanderingwrangler 💕 Successful day of hiking and tick removing (I had a tick 😩) with this good looking guy.
I just want to take an Internet moment and say how much I love @wanderingwrangler 💕 Successful day of hiking and tick removing (I had a tick 😩) with this good looking guy.
Summer in the Smokies means hiking on the weekends 👌🏻 Can’t wait to get on the trails tomorrow!
Summer in the Smokies means hiking on the weekends 👌🏻 Can’t wait to get on the trails tomorrow!
I feel like I’m on top of the biggest mountain today, proving that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. •
Why? Today is my new student orientation at @utknoxville. It’s my 4th new student orientation (one just out of HS at community college, one at a major university I flunked out of, and one at the institution I graduate from 5 years ago).
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Going back to school was a decision I thought about long and hard. I work full time, I’m married, the university is an hour away from where I live... •
But here I am! 10 years after I graduated high school, 10 years older than most of the people in this orientation with me. So, follow your dreams! It doesn’t matter what anyone says or thinks. Don’t dull your shine for others. Be unapologetically YOU!
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Ps: go Vols! 🔶⚪️🔶
I feel like I’m on top of the biggest mountain today, proving that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. • Why? Today is my new student orientation at @utknoxville. It’s my 4th new student orientation (one just out of HS at community college, one at a major university I flunked out of, and one at the institution I graduate from 5 years ago). • Going back to school was a decision I thought about long and hard. I work full time, I’m married, the university is an hour away from where I live... • But here I am! 10 years after I graduated high school, 10 years older than most of the people in this orientation with me. So, follow your dreams! It doesn’t matter what anyone says or thinks. Don’t dull your shine for others. Be unapologetically YOU! • Ps: go Vols! 🔶⚪️🔶
One of my favorite places in the world 💕
One of my favorite places in the world 💕
@AnthonyBourdain  has been one of my idols for years. His view of the world and how he interacted with people when he traveled always made me want to grab my passport. I loyally watched all of his shows, read interviews, and followed his travels around the world.

He never hid his drug addicted past. He openly discussed it on various episodes and multiple interviews. He was authentic, and real, and human.

We all keep asking ourselves how? He seemed so happy. He had such a great job. He was a good person.... but the truth is that everything we see in life and on social media is filtered, carefully curated, and only showing the highlights. Never the lows, never the downs, never the moments when you doubt ourselves or what we stand for or how we will move forward.

We need to add the social back into our lives and leave the media part behind. We need to stop instagramming our food and paying attention to those around us, friends and strangers alike. We need more interactions, asking how people are, and compassion. We need more kindness and compassion. We need to destigmatize mental illness.
@AnthonyBourdain has been one of my idols for years. His view of the world and how he interacted with people when he traveled always made me want to grab my passport. I loyally watched all of his shows, read interviews, and followed his travels around the world. He never hid his drug addicted past. He openly discussed it on various episodes and multiple interviews. He was authentic, and real, and human. We all keep asking ourselves how? He seemed so happy. He had such a great job. He was a good person.... but the truth is that everything we see in life and on social media is filtered, carefully curated, and only showing the highlights. Never the lows, never the downs, never the moments when you doubt ourselves or what we stand for or how we will move forward. We need to add the social back into our lives and leave the media part behind. We need to stop instagramming our food and paying attention to those around us, friends and strangers alike. We need more interactions, asking how people are, and compassion. We need more kindness and compassion. We need to destigmatize mental illness.
Finding good healthy vegan snacks isn’t always easy. Starbucks always has great options and @emmysorganics are one of my favorites! They are vegan, grain free, and absolutely delectable!
My favorite are the vanilla bean though @wanderingwrangler is a fan of the dark cacao.
#emmyspluscoffee #cleancookies #ambcollab
Finding good healthy vegan snacks isn’t always easy. Starbucks always has great options and @emmysorganics are one of my favorites! They are vegan, grain free, and absolutely delectable! My favorite are the vanilla bean though @wanderingwrangler is a fan of the dark cacao. #emmyspluscoffee  #cleancookies  #ambcollab 
Starting the week off like”is it the weekend yet?” I’m seriously in love with summer this year! For the first time in 30 years, I can’t wait to hang out in the sunshine!
Starting the week off like”is it the weekend yet?” I’m seriously in love with summer this year! For the first time in 30 years, I can’t wait to hang out in the sunshine!
Baby’s first lake day was a success!
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Before today, @wanderingwrangler had never swam in a lake! Growing up in Florida where lakes have gators, snakes, flesh eating bacteria, and snapping turtles that keep you out of the lakes. Not to mention they all smell nassssstyyyy!
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Today we spent the day with friends on their boat and officially welcomes summer sunshine! Looking forward to more summer time fun, that’s for sure! Do any of you guys have any water related summer plans?
Baby’s first lake day was a success! ••• Before today, @wanderingwrangler had never swam in a lake! Growing up in Florida where lakes have gators, snakes, flesh eating bacteria, and snapping turtles that keep you out of the lakes. Not to mention they all smell nassssstyyyy! ••• Today we spent the day with friends on their boat and officially welcomes summer sunshine! Looking forward to more summer time fun, that’s for sure! Do any of you guys have any water related summer plans?
My weekend has no time for rain! It’s time to soak up the sun ☀️☀️☀️
My weekend has no time for rain! It’s time to soak up the sun ☀️☀️☀️
I’m ready to fly into the weekend like an #Indy500 car on the track, 200+ mph!
What do you have planned?
I’m ready to fly into the weekend like an #Indy500  car on the track, 200+ mph! What do you have planned?
It’s almost the weekend and I have a to-do list the size of Texas. But the sunshine is calling my name! Can’t wait to hang out by the pool with this guy.
It’s almost the weekend and I have a to-do list the size of Texas. But the sunshine is calling my name! Can’t wait to hang out by the pool with this guy.
It seems we like to spend our Memorial Day weekends at races and sporting events. Last year we were in #Mexico for the Sacred Mayan Journey and this year we were race day ready for the #Indy500 😎 Any suggestions on where we would go next year? Maybe run a marathon?
It seems we like to spend our Memorial Day weekends at races and sporting events. Last year we were in #Mexico  for the Sacred Mayan Journey and this year we were race day ready for the #Indy500  😎 Any suggestions on where we would go next year? Maybe run a marathon?
Thank you @indianapolismotorspeedway for a great first time at the #Indy500! @grahamrahal, you were right - I loved it! See you guys next year? 🏁🚘😎
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.#visitindiana #visitindy #indy500 #ims #indianapolismotorspeedway #102indy500 #racing #indyseries2018 #indyseries #indycarseries #takumasato #grahamrahal #danicapatrick
Were in @visitindy along with a whoooole Lot of other race fans for the #indy500 tomorrow. It’s hot, there’s cars, and we’ve got beer! Make sure you check out my stories for allll the fun!
Were in @visitindy along with a whoooole Lot of other race fans for the #indy500  tomorrow. It’s hot, there’s cars, and we’ve got beer! Make sure you check out my stories for allll the fun!
Kona is a big patron of the arts! She was really excited to see the #chihulyatbiltmore exhibit currently at @biltmoreestate! She was really impressed with how large the backyard was 🐶 We love that Biltmore is so dog friendly!
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 #dogsofinstagram #pupper #doggo #cutedogs #adoptdontshop  #konapop #dogs #puppylove #asheville #bringfido do #dogfriendly #travelingdog #biltmoreestate
There’s no way I’d rather spend my weekends than scouting for Smoky Mountain views with @wanderingwrangler!
There’s no way I’d rather spend my weekends than scouting for Smoky Mountain views with @wanderingwrangler!
Bright colors and beautiful landscapes are what Latin America is all about! 😎
Bright colors and beautiful landscapes are what Latin America is all about! 😎
After a whirlwind week at work, I found myself needing some “me” time. I didn’t check emails, I barely texted back, and @wanderingwrangler and I had a weekend of doing things we loved.
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We went for a long drive through @greatsmokynps with the windows down and soaked up the sun while Tim’s amazing @fosterthepeople @pandora station cranking out jams. Legit he has been grooming this station for over 5 years so it’s perfect 🎶 We then decided to stop at one of the many pull offs in the park and watch the sunset.
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While we waited for the sun to start setting, I sat on the wall that overlooks the valley below and Tim grabbed this picture. I think the last time we really stopped to enjoy a sunset was around this time lashed year in Mexico when we were on one of the beach beds at our hotel.
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It is by no means an “instagram photo” since it’s  not in focus, it’s grainy, and my hair looks a hot mess. My cellphone camera was dirty and smudged. But:..It’s a raw moment, digitally captured as we both appreciated the moment, each other, and the beautiful national park/mountains we call our home.
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There’s magic in these here mountains and all I needed to feel rested and refreshed was some fresh air and scenic views!
After a whirlwind week at work, I found myself needing some “me” time. I didn’t check emails, I barely texted back, and @wanderingwrangler and I had a weekend of doing things we loved. . We went for a long drive through @greatsmokynps with the windows down and soaked up the sun while Tim’s amazing @fosterthepeople @pandora station cranking out jams. Legit he has been grooming this station for over 5 years so it’s perfect 🎶 We then decided to stop at one of the many pull offs in the park and watch the sunset. . While we waited for the sun to start setting, I sat on the wall that overlooks the valley below and Tim grabbed this picture. I think the last time we really stopped to enjoy a sunset was around this time lashed year in Mexico when we were on one of the beach beds at our hotel. . It is by no means an “instagram photo” since it’s not in focus, it’s grainy, and my hair looks a hot mess. My cellphone camera was dirty and smudged. But:..It’s a raw moment, digitally captured as we both appreciated the moment, each other, and the beautiful national park/mountains we call our home. . There’s magic in these here mountains and all I needed to feel rested and refreshed was some fresh air and scenic views!