I have been on a ghost “kick” lately. This started because I heard that Emily’s Bridge, a covered bridge in Stowe, Vermont is haunted. The locals say that Emily committed suicide on this bridge. The story of Emily starts in the 19th century where she was living in Stowe with her parents. Her parents were overprotective and would not allow Emily to court any of the young men in town. However, one day a young man entered her life and captured her heart. Her parents did not allow her to see him. They decided to elope. They planned to meet at the bridge at midnight. Emily got to the bridge and waited but her lover never showed. She was very upset. Emily untied the rope that she used to bundle her belongings and hung herself. Continue reading
Many people make resolutions to work out and loss weight but very few stick with it. Instead of making a resolution, create a habit. Habits are long-term.
Since Kyle and I will no longer be celebrating religious holidays, we will start creating our own traditions and holidays. Set days in which you spend time with your loved ones doing special things.
Many people just know what they want to do the rest of their lives. They know that they want to be a doctor or a teacher or a lawyer. By 18 years old we are supposed to know what we want to do with the rest of our lives. The question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” implies that you have to be one thing. Some people can choose a career and commit to one path. They are happy with this and that’s fine.
I always wanted something more. I still want something more. In college, many of my friends would go back home during summer vacation and work. But, I wanted to go on an adventure. For two summers during college I went to work at summer camps in Arizona and Washington. I loved my experiences and I am so happy that I decided to do this. I graduated from the University of Wyoming with my Elementary Education degree. I looked around. Many of my peers were trying to find teaching jobs in their hometown or near their hometown. Was this going to be my life? Was I supposed to do this too? During school, you tend to follow what your peers do. We do this because we don’t want to seem weird. I knew in my heart that this wasn’t supposed to be my path. I felt like I needed to learn more and to explore new places. I didn’t want to settle down and be a teacher for the rest of my life. I know that this is definitely suitable for some people and the life that some people want but it was not for me.
We moved to Stowe, Vermont in mid-October. We moved here without jobs. Many people would think this is risky. But, we love adventure. We loved not knowing where we were going to live or what we were going to do. The reason why we packed everything out of our Fort Collins apartment and drove across the country is because I wanted to be a ski instructor at the resort. I could have had a phone interview but I would have a better chance of getting a job if I went to the interview day. We both wanted to explore and live in the East Coast.
Michelle and Jim Bob with Josie