Well hello, Monday! I got back to Nashville last night after a quick weekend trip to my Indiana home. It’s always bittersweet to come and go from that place. While Nashville is definitely starting to feel like a new kind of home (which I am so grateful for), Indiana is where I grew up and there are way too many memories that were made in that state for me to just say “see ya!”
If you’ve been reading this space for awhile now, you know how much I love a good road trip. What you may not know is that I love a good solo road trip every now and then. Don’t get me wrong, Christian and I have a blast when we take long drives together, but it’s only when I’m by myself that I crank totally embarrassing music (to be confessed at a later date) as loud as it will go, and maybe more than once too 😉 I also tend to admire the scenery more so when I’m by myself, many times turning off the playlist or radio and being alone with my thoughts while my eyes take in the farmland and pretty trees. Funny enough, this is when I feel the most inspired when it comes to my novel writing. Often times I’ll pull over at a random exit just so I can quickly jot down chapter ideas.
Do you think there’s a story inspired by these trees? Because I totally do.
There’s also something extra special about going to my Indiana home this time of year. Every year for the past 12+ years, my dad and I have continued with one of my all time favorite traditions of going to a Purdue football game together. It’s just the two of us and rain or shine we always, always go. Purdue is actually pretty horrible this year, football wise, but it doesn’t even matter – we have the BEST time together and this year was just that – the best time.
I love this time with my dad and all of the little things that go into our tradition each year. The little things that even if I were to tell you or spell them out right here in this space, they wouldn’t seem like much at all but I can assure you – they take up so many of my snapshot-of-the-soul moments. And really, if you think about it, isn’t that how our favorite traditions often are? Little moments that carry so much importance but only because a few certain people have said so? And while it does feel exclusive and it does feel like an incredibly important club – my dad and I, the only members – I would absolutely encourage you to grab one of your favorite people and start a new tradition, to start your own “members only moments” that give space to the words and kind of love that can literally bring tears to your eyes as you sit back and think, These guys are totally gonna lose this game today but man, it is just the absolute BEST having this guy as my dad.
PS – If you’d like to learn just a bit more about me, head on over to Grammie Time! I’m so excited to be Michelle’s “Connect With” gal for November and am happy to share with all of you some of my other “bests” in life 😉
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