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Our Trip to Walden Pond & Thoreau's Cabin

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” 

Since 9th grade, this quote has always resonated with me. I remember one summer I was reading Walden and imagined what it would be like to simply live in the woods and be able to write. No sounds except the audible chirp of crickets surrounding me, the rustling of leaves, sticks breaking, and a fire crackling. I was infatuated with Thoreau. He lived the life I had dreamed of - simplicity paired with writing. It was admirable and honorable. One of my aim screen-names back in the day was actually "Je Suis Thoreau" meaning "I am Thoreau" in French. 

For whatever reason, I never actually made it up to the pond until a spur of the moment decision yesterday and I'm so happy we went on the day we did. The ride to Concord, Massachusetts was absolutely stunning. The trees were just beginning to wane from their peak. The autumn hues were miraculous, the weather was perfect, and we were completely engrossed in trees. 

Podcasts for Every Individual

I have been hearing a lot of talk about podcasts from women in my mom group and from writers I follow on Instagram. I never thought they'd excite me so I never gave them a shot. Until someone recommended me to Serial, a podcast about a murder of a high school girl in 1999. I listened to the first episode while cleaning and was absolutely hooked. Since then, I've been on the search for podcasts. Here's what I've come up with.

If you're a parent...

Listen to: The Longest Shorter Time

This beloved parenting podcast was started by Hillary Frank, a mother herself. It's known as the "parenting show for everyone" because it's so versatile and great even if you're just friends with someone who has a child. It creates a sense of community and allows parents to know they aren't alone in their struggles - something every parent needs to know at one time or another. The struggles are real and the conversations within the podcast shine light in insightful and smart ways. Frank said it best - “I’m trying to facilitate people telling their stories so we all feel less alone.”