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Twenty five

6 Aug

Today is the day, the big 2-5. I’m officially in my mid-twenties. I know I’m supposed to be all freaked out that I’m OLD and begin planning my quarter-life crisis, but I just don’t feel that way. Sure there are things I would change if I could, and Lord knows there is always room for improvement, but that’s life. It’s crazy and messy and surprises you. Isn’t that what makes it fun?

Each year is an opportunity to grow and learn and make mistakes. You can take chances, try new things and go new places. And make the best memories along the way. In year 24, I attended Oktoberfest in Munich, tried kidney for the first time, rediscovered my love for reading, found a job where I’m happy and spent an afternoon under the Eiffel Tower.

And that my friends are why birthdays are so awesome – you never know what lies ahead. I’m happy to turn another year older. I’m unapologetically 25.

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Running my first 10k

20 May

I’ve always considered myself a runner, mostly because of my love for soccer. Running was, and is, a great way to stay in shape. Over the years, however, it’s become more than that. It’s how I unwind and give myself time to think.

I’m not a fast runner, and I don’t usually do more than 3 to 4 miles at a time, but I run. I love this quote from Fred Lebow, the New York City Marathon co-founder:

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”

This past weekend, I completed my first 10k at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and it was awesome. The running community is so supportive, whether you come in first or last, and Cleveland did a great job of organizing the event.

I can’t deny I’m a little sore today, but I feel proud in finishing the race.

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Are you a runner? What do you love about the sport?

Adventures in Arkansas

10 May

It’s definitely on my bucket list to visit all 50 states at least once. I crossed off many of them as a kid during family travels, and this past week I was able to cross off another one. I found myself in the heart of Arkansas for a work trip with one of my clients. I’m not exactly sure what I envisioned it would be like, but I’m happy to say it was not at all what I expected.

Although we were staying in Little Rock, we spent the majority of our time in Roland at the Moss Mountain Farm. This was one of the most beautiful farms I’ve ever visited. From the rolling hills, to the view of the Arkansas River, to all the incredible landscapes, it might just be the most beautiful place in the state.

The Moss Mountain Farm is home to P. Allen Smith, a designer and gardening expert. It was really great meeting Allen and touring a place he is so passionate about. He had a story for everything, and you could really see how much thought was put into designing and rebuilding the farm. It was so fun exploring the different gardens, visiting with various animals and taking in the natural scenery.

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I would definitely love to visit Arkansas again, although next time I’d like to further explore Little Rock. There just wasn’t enough time this trip.

Have you ever been to Arkansas? What did you think?

A new look

17 Mar

You might remember way back in July, when I wrote this post. I was frustrated with the look of my blog and was hoping to make some updates. Not wanting to fork over the cash for a redesign, I started playing around with CSS. It was overwhelming, but I learned a lot.

The look improved, but I was still never quite happy with it. Toss in a free Saturday this weekend and some awesome updates from WordPress and you have the new look of The Wild Child.

I’m still not 100 percent finished with it, but it’s definitely more me. And I think it has a more grown-up feel to it. What do you think? Love it? Hate it?

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! xoxo

An afternoon in the garden

13 Mar

On a recent work trip to Arizona, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. It felt so good to soak up the sun and take in the natural beauty of the landscape. The variety of plants were beyond my expectations and each corner turned up something new and different to see. My words won’t do it justice so here are a few of the images I captured during my visit.

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Dear March

1 Mar

Dear March,

I’m so excited for your arrival, I can hardly stand it! For months I’ve been stuck inside, bundled in blankets, watching the cold and dreary world outside. But today you bring such promise. The promise of longer days and warmer weather. The promise of springtime and sunshine.

And you have so many exciting things in store for me – a work trip to Phoenix, daylight saving time and a visit from Sebastian (21 days and counting).

Just in case you’re not sure, here is what I expect from you in the coming weeks…

This:

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This:

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And this:

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And of course this:

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That is all March. That is all.

Love,
MJ

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Happy blogiversary

22 Feb

Today marks the second birthday of this here little blog. It’s funny to look back at that first post and see how far I’ve come in two years. I can honestly say life keeps getting better and better. I’m excited to see what’s in store for me next.

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Cheers to what’s ahead!

xoxo

The awful German language

18 Feb

Have you ever tried to learn another language? I know many people who speak two or three fluently, and it’s something I’d like to do as well. Unfortunately, I’m trying to learn German as my second language. Have you ever tried to learn German? It takes learning a new language to a whole new level.

For Valentine’s Day, Sebastian gave me the book “A Tramp Abroad,” by Mark Twain. It’s the story of his travels through Germany and Italy, and it also includes a great essay he wrote called, “The Awful German Language.” It’s nice to know that even Mark Twain struggled with learning German. He writes, “A person who has not studied German can form no idea of what a perplexing language it is.”

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I took three years of Spanish in high school. I’m very rusty, but I can still pick up many words and even string together a few sentences. It was an easier language to learn because it had rules and those rules could be followed. Whoever invented German must have hated rules. For every rule, there are at least ten exceptions.

Twain puts it best: “Surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and systemless, and so slippery and elusive to the grasp.” I know it doesn’t sound like it, but his words are actually encouraging, and I can find humor in what he writes.

This section made me laugh out loud:

“Personal pronouns and adjectives are a fruitful nuisance in this language, and should have been left out. For instance, the same sound, SIE, means YOU, and it means SHE, and it means HER, and it means IT, and it means THEY, and it means THEM. Think of the ragged poverty of a language which has to make one word do the work of six — and a poor little weak thing of only three letters at that.”

As did this:

“Every noun has a gender, and there is no sense or system in the distribution; so the gender of each must be learned separately and by heart. There is no other way. To do this one has to have a memory like a memorandum-book. In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has. Think what overwrought reverence that shows for the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl.”

Sometimes I feel like I’ll never quite get it, but I’m determined to prevail no matter how long it takes. So as Mark Twain did, and many others before me, I will continue trying to learn this utterly confusing language.

Love notes

4 Feb

Sometimes I think Valentine’s Day is bit overdone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of presents (or a surprise visit) just as much as the next girl, but you shouldn’t need a holiday to let someone know you care.

Maybe all you need is a simple note to say you love them. I love the cards from Rifle Paper Co. I first saw them on A Cup of Jo and became a fast fan. They’re cheeky and whimsical (and made in the U.S.). Sebastian shouldn’t be surprised if he gets one in the mail this year.

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What do you think? Is a love note too simple for Valentine’s Day?

P.S. Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Here’s to February

1 Feb

Every time February arrives, I think of the time my brother said this:

“It’s pretty unfair that February gets less days than all the other months.”

It still makes me laugh out loud, but in all honesty, he had a good point. Poor February really gets gypped. At least it has some unique celebrations like Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl. Plus one of my favorites – Valentine’s Day. Yes, it’s a cheesy holiday that you either love or hate, but I can appreciate a day that celebrates love. And doesn’t everyone need more of it in their life?

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So here’s to February, the month that celebrates love and football and a little, furry rodent.

Have a lovely weekend! xoxo