Life is Beautiful || Keepin’ It Real

by VeganHousewives on March 5, 2013

holding-hands This afternoon I saw a quote on my crazy inspirational fellow blogger friend, Rachel’s, facebook that said: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” For the first time in a while, I’ve felt like God (or whomever/whatever you choose to believe in) was telling me I’m moving in the right direction.

I’ve been super bummed out and anxiety ridden the past couple of months and the past few days have been a little sadder than usual. We spent some much needed time visiting family (some of which we hadn’t seen in 2 years) in South Carolina and Tennessee this past week, and coming home was really difficult for me. I miss them terribly.

Judah-Daddy Don’t get me wrong, I have a great life – an amazing husband, healthy baby, great friends, a beautiful city and a job that allows me to keep Judah out of daycare, but I don’t have family here in Florida anymore. It breaks my heart that Judah won’t grow up with 2 sets of grandparents and a family that he sees regularly. I’m also constantly under stress (that I don’t handle well) and I’m having a hard time finding time to keep up with the things I love (e.g. Vegan Housewives) and get started on all of the plans I have to get my “dream job” off the ground. And when I do find a few minutes of free time, I tend to choose a bath or just sitting quietly over putting those plans in place. In all honesty, I think I’ve been in a rut.

Judah-Mommy However, as I cried to John on our trip back home (sometimes I’m a baby), he started throwing out ideas and making plans to attain our non-escape-needing-life. It completely turned my mood around (he’s so good to me). I’ve always been one to drop everything immediately and run away from things that stress me out. Since I was 17, I had never even lived in the same place for more than a year until I met John. I can’t be that girl anymore now that I have a family, but he helped me see that I don’t have to be stagnant and comfortable with life. I can still grow and do the things that make me happy, but I have to plan ahead, set goals and reach them in order to attain the life I want – I can’t just jump into them (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself for now). But I’m on the right track. I can feel it. We’re dreaming, we’re planning, we’re doing. Soon we will have the life in which we don’t need to escape.

What are some of your goals and how have you reached them? Do you use the drop and go method or 5 year plan? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below!

PS: Have you heard Fitz & the Tantrums yet? This was on repeat on our trip (Thanks, Dane)!

I’ll be back with some restaurant reviews from our trip as well!

  • { 9 comments… read them below or add one }

    Jen @ Lita's World March 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    OMG I truly understand how you’re feeling!! After 2 big moves in my life (once with my parents from New England to Florida at age 13 and then for work from Florida to California at 21 – and about a gazillion smaller moves in between), I’m happy now to say I’ve lived in the same house for almost 20 years where my hubby and I raised our 2 daughters! I never thought I would be this stable and well, sometimes, downright boring!! Yes, boring at times is exactly how my life feels and my hubby definitely has to remind me of all the “un-boring” events we share each year (mostly traveling). All I can say is that this year since turning 44 in December has been a bit different – more peaceful actually. I’m hoping it’s a bit more than just acceptance because it actually feels like I’m embracing my life now. I only share because I hope you will find peace and excitement to keep on dreaming and setting your goals and not let those moments of sadness (like missing your family) get you down. We all get in ruts at times – but those times do pass. Just keep plugging along…your blog is awesome and your little Judah is just precious – I’m sure much more happiness will be coming your way!


    Dee March 6, 2013 at 2:22 am

    I am very proud of you Mrs. Campbell. I have also been in a rut. However it seems like big changes are coming my way. Scary and exciting all at the same time. Please let me know of anything I can do to help you achieve your dream life! Seriously!!!! I love you more than you will ever know and I love your blogs!!!!


    Dee March 6, 2013 at 2:25 am

    I think I am liking those Fitz and Tantrums. Would love to hear more.


    Mary Catherine March 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I know that feeling of longing to be closer to family–both of mine were born in faraway states and after baby 2 we decided to set our sights on getting home to Florida…and we made it happen. 2 or 3 or 5 year plans are good. Or picking up and making things happen right away is good too! We’ve done both! Things will work out.

    And your new mama days sound very much like mine too. I sit and rest when I get those moments, and all the “important” to-dos get pushed down the list. Self care is important too though. It gets (a little) more manageable as the months go on… :)


    VeganHousewives March 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    You are so sweet! Thank you :)


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