Snow shoe adventure on Mt.Bachelor

If you are in the Bend, OR area and looking for something to do between now and March, might I suggest snow shoeing at Mt.Bachelor.  I went last week and had so much fun.  It is free and snow shoes are provided, no experience is necessary and no reservations are required.  You are guided by USFS volunteers over a 1 ½ hour snow show experience. Throughout the trail the guides will point out various natural wonders of the Pacific Cascades and Mt.Bachelor in particular. I learned things like it takes 24 months for one snow flake to make its way into the water system for Bend.  But the best part is the views of the three Sisters and Broken Top at the top of the trail. Simply stunning.  As I said before, this is free but donations are accepted. During the week, school groups are taken on the same hike. For more information visit: Mt.Bachelor SnowshoeingIMG_2034 IMG_2035 IMG_2042 IMG_2045 IMG_2051 IMG_2054

New year, new me

For the past couple of years I have had some ideas percolating around in my head. Every once in a while, I would discuss an idea with my husband or a friend and get good feedback. Then the idea would go on the shelf so I could think about it some more.  I have decided that the time for thinking is over and the time for doing is now.

These ideas are not revolutionary and many people would say they are just resolutions in disguise.  That is neither here nor there. These are just the ideas I have for making my particular life better.  I will be using one portion of this blog to keep on track with these ideas.  After all, if I have spent the last four years thinking about these things, they deserve follow through.

Idea #1:  Take control of my mental and physical health. For the past two years doctors just keep giving me more medication and I just feel worse.  It’s time to take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and get more than an Rx when I go the doctor.  This will involve research, so I know what questions to ask the doctor and things I can try at home. This will also involve changing some of my everyday routines.  More on this in a later post.

Idea #2:  Rule my finances; don’t let my finances rule me.  Last year we went from a two income household to a one income household and a student. That has taken some adjustment. We never really paid too close attention to our money and where it was going.  That has to change. To start this, I took the recommendation of a friend and invested in YNAB (You Need A Budget) software and read the book.  January is the first month we will try budgeting and already it is an eye opener.

Idea #3: I am responsible for my own happiness.  This is the hardest one for me.  I naturally hate confrontation and displeasing people, even if it is to my detriment. I need to learn to say “no” and voice my opinions rather than say “I don’t care”. My husband is one of the few people who can say “I don’t care” and mean it but that is not the case with the rest of us. I do care. And it’s time I let people know.

So that is where we will start. Of course I will add in other things, but for now let’s just begin.

Elizabeth