Embracing Adventure “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~~Hellen Keller

I’m Back! Did You Miss Me?

Moriarty Did You Miss Me GIF

As I’m sure will surprise no one, I’m a fan of Sherlock, so this GIF seemed apt.

Hello? Is anyone still there (or newly here)? If so, hello! If not, then I suppose I’m talking to myself. In any case, I’ll get started. *Blows off the metaphorical dust* I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, though it surprises even me that it has been about a year and a half. I haven’t had a shortage of adventures since I last posted. I suppose I have just had a shortage of the time, and more-so a shortage of the drive, to post about them. I’m still a little short on time, but I do want to make it a priority again.

Since the summer solstice has just passed (which is a time of renewal), we’re in a waxing moon (which is a time for new beginnings), and it’s the first day of a new month, I feel like it’s a good time to resume this blog. Because it has been so long since I posted and I was so far behind when I left off, I think the best thing to do is to start fresh and make most of my posts about what is going on in my life right now. However, since there are so many cool places I saw and things I’ve done that I haven’t told you about and don’t want to skip over, I think I’ll do frequent “throwback” posts to tell you about those things until I run out of them. From there, hopefully I can stay up to date. So, where am I now compared to where I was when last I was here?

Down by the Colorado River in Marble Falls, TX

Before, my blog was mostly about my life in Germany and my travels through Europe. Though I moved to Texas at the end of 2015, I don’t think I had even mentioned it in the couple of posts I made from here. Then, I was living on post in Fort Hood, near Killeen. I have since moved to Marble Falls in the Texas Hill Country and have been here for a few months.

When I last blogged, I was married and, because that happened to be to a soldier, much of my blog focused on the Army’s influence on my life and my husband made occasional appearances on my blog. Though I am still legally married, at this point, I no longer live with my husband, and at some point we’ll get around to divorcing. While I might still write a post or two about military life if it seems relevant, it definitely won’t be a blog focus anymore. Other than that, I mostly kept my blog about my perspective, so it probably won’t be too much of a change. If he is involved in things I write throwback posts about, I’ll most likely only mention he was there in passing rather than including pictures or other specifics.

Me and my friend Ashley, cofounders of Gun Toting Geeks, at Belton Market Day in January.

Although I hardly ever wrote about work here, while in Germany I worked in a daycare, then as a substitute teacher, and then as an intern at an addiction treatment center in a military hospital. Since arriving in Texas, I had a couple of temporary jobs as a substitute teacher and a physician biller. Then I worked at the front desk of a shooting range, which I still work at on occasion. On a related note, I learned to shoot, obtained my License to Carry, and have been in a couple of women’s shooting leagues, all of which I’m sure I’ll post about at some point. I also started a business, Gun Toting Geeks, with my friend Ashley. We make a lot of geeky and gun-themed stuff including gun-themed jewelry, vinyl t-shirts and tumblers, and decor. For my non-gun-themed art, I still post on PhoenixxPhyre Creations and have primarily been working on quilling and jewelry making.

I also obtained my status as a licensed chemical dependency counselor intern. I recently passed my exam (which IC&RC finally officially confirmed), so my full licensure should come through soon. After obtaining the LCDC-I status, I started working as a substance abuse counselor in a substance abuse felony punishment facility. As with my internship, I will probably only write about this job in passing and in a vague and general way due to confidentiality concerns.

Although I managed to hold on to a couple of my tarot decks throughout the years, somehow I lost this one, so I was excited to replace it.

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my spirituality on the blog before, and to be honest I kind of strayed from my path for awhile, but I’m an eclectic pagan and have been re-immersing myself in my faith since last I was here. Some of the ways I have been doing that include reading pagan-related books, getting back into using divination tools such as Tarot and Oracle cards, and paying attention to the animals and insects that keep showing up in my life to see what message I might be able to take from their symbolism and/or the way they live. I’m not sure how much of my spirituality I’ll share on the blog, but I’m sure it’ll be at least a bit of a focus. In the meantime if you’re interested in those kinds of things, I sometimes post about them on @embracingadventure on Instagram.

Although I’m sure I could say more, I think that covers the broad strokes of the changes in my life since I was here last. I hope you’ll stick around to share my upcoming adventures and read about my past ones. If you haven’t already, if you want to be notified of new posts, you can subscribe by email to the right. At some point, I’ll also be resuming my fitness blog and making updates to my website, so be sure to subscribe to those if you want to stay up to date with them.

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