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Hello, June…

As a new month starts, it’s time to say Hello, June
Hello to “Miss Butterfly” turning 14…I’m not sure where the time has gone since that first meeting when she was hours old – high school awaits her this fall…

Hello to dialing back on work travel…and getting back to a home routine…

Hello to summer vacation! As the month ends, Rebecca & I have a great sisters road trip in the works that involves Maine & Prince Edward Island…

Hello to the return of summer produce & simple meal prep to let those flavors shine…

What are you saying “hello” to as June gets underway?

Belatedly linking up with Carole & Kat for Think, Write, Thursday

In the Bag!

I chuckled when I saw today’s Think Write Thursday prompt…write about the contents of your purse. Are you a minimalist? Or do you carry around a knapsack? And say, what’s in there, anyway? Tell us what you’ve got in your purse and why!

(I lucked out with a stunning view from my hotel this week!)

I can answer this question in several different ways; however, right now my purse leans towards minimalism. Why? Because it’s my travel purse. With all my travel in the last 14 months, most trips have been limited to my carry-on luggage: a wheel aboard suitcase & my work bag (these days a great backpack. And as airlines are trying to be stricter about carry-on bags, I need to have a purse that can easily tuck into a bag when I board the plane.

This travel purse sparks joy in my Kon Mari journey – when I commented about needing a good travel purse (months before I knew I’d be traveling all the time), my sister convinced Mom that we both needed these beautiful burgundy leather bags from across the pond – my first foray into the gorgeous Modalu England handbags. It was a lovely surprise to find this bag under the Christmas tree in December 2015.

I’m finishing up another week on the road – my 14th week of 2017 that includes travel. So, what do I keep in this travel purse? In addition to a small wallet, a quick peek inside the bag includes:

  • This week, my passport since I’m finishing up a trip to Mexico
  • A purple pen
  • 2 phones – my work phone is pictured & my personal phone snapped this picture
  • Ear buds for listening to tunes in flight and participating in conference calls that don’t stop when I’m on the road
  • A small cell phone charger & cable – this credit card size one was a great promo as one of our product brands celebrated 100 years – it’s small enough to always be in a purse, no matter the size of the bag. It is helpful
  • Kleenex, hand sanitizer for trying to stay healthy; throat drops to sooth incessant throat tickles; not pulled out, a small container of Motrin for headaches.
  • A hairband for pulling my hair back into some semblance of ponytail or messy bun
  • Burt’s Bees rose tinted lip balm for a splash of color & a lavender coconut lip balm. The lavender scent was much appreciated on Monday’s flight into Mexico – about 30 minutes before landing, the gentleman in the seat in front of me became sick – liberally applying the lip balm kept a pleasant scent closest to me until off the plane.

Work travel is going to slow down for the foreseeable future…as that happens, my other “purse-onality” will reemerge as I swap back to larger bags for day-to-day use at home. The contents of this travel bag will migrate back to the larger bag – and some items that travel in my backpack will also be in my purse as warranted: a larger cosmetic pouch (think nail file, lotion, band-aids, etc.), my Kindle, a Swell water bottle, sunglasses.

What is your purse-onality?

Linking up with Carole & Kat for Think Write Thursday. 

Hello, April

As a new month starts, it’s time to say Hello, April

Hello to the rebirth of nature…birds chirping, flowers blooming, grass greening, leaves popping out…reminders that we have survived the winter…

Hello to Tieks season! Some recent travels to Florida have pulled these shoes back into limited rotation. A new color has been ordered to add to the mix this season. 

Hello to Easter Sunday! I’m looking forward to the weekend at home in the Ville with the family to celebrate. 

Hello to more business trips…it’s looking like 3 weeks will include some travel…

Hello to spring flavors! Asparagus, strawberries, and more…

Hello to summer vacation planning! The calendar is blocked – more details to come…

What are you saying “hello” to as April unfurls? 

Belatedly linking up with Carole & Kat for Think, Write Thursday

Hello, March

As a new month starts, it’s time to say HELLO, MARCH

Hello to starting the month with dinner at a fave beach spot to end a business trip…

Hello to a whirlwind trip to Orlando with the family…and at least 2 weeks on the road for work…

Hello to the season of Lent and new daily readings to create a daily Lenten routine leading towards Easter…

Hello to the dollar daffodil bunches at the grocery store and other early signs of spring…

Hello to wondering if the weather will be lion-like or lamb-like…

Hello to the “spring ahead” time change and the more daylight when leaving the office…

What are you saying HELLO to this March?

Belatedly linking up with Carole and Kat for Think, Write, Thursday.

Hello, February

As the new month starts, it’s time to say HELLO, FEBRUARY

Hello to this shortest month and continually lengthening days and glimpses of the new season to come…

Hello to celebrating Happy Hearts Day…

Hello to winter bulbs coming into bloom…

Hello to a bit less work travel (knock on wood) so some of the January hellos can be enjoyed more this month…

Hello to settling into a new role at work…

Hello to the buzz and build up to the Academy Awards…and trying to see a few more of the nominees before the winners are announce…

Hello to saying goodbye to dear ones who are moving away…

What are you saying HELLO to during this February?

Belatedly linking up with Carole and Kat for Think, Write, Thursday

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