Happiness is a Cold Spring

The first time I visited Cold Spring, New York, Daniel had just proposed and it was covered in snow. It was so perfect, quiet, and quaint that we promised to come back in the warmer months.

YAY FOR 3.5 DAY WEEKENDS

And the Metro North. The MNR is a really great thing. If you're not a fan of the constant noise, pollution, and the 'pleasant smells' of an NYC Summer, you can easily get out of the city for less than $20. The Hudson Line, one of five Metro North Lines, runs along the Hudson River and stops at the various towns on the waterfront. It's a pleasant ride with a relaxing view, and there are no pan-handlers, pole-dancers (the subway kind), or man-spreaders. Cold Spring is a quick 90 minutes outside the city, but it feels like a world away.

The best thing about this little--I mean, tiny--village, is the view.

The next best thing is downtown, although I will admit there's not a ton of stuff to do. When we dragged our new roommate along, I made sure to ask "Do you like antiques?" like 3 times. If she hadn't replied 'yes' each time, we would have had to turn the train around and leave her at home because antiquing is a way of life in Cold Spring. There are literally 20 antique shops in less than a mile stretch. I like to live it up on my 3.5 day weekends.

But it's worth it to be surrounded by such "quaint-ness." It's almost ridiculous how adorable everything is. And, more than anything, it was nice just to sit on some grass and drown my worries in lemonade.

#frontporchlife

#frontporchlife

In other news, Autumn is fast-approaching.

Fishing with Papaw

Last Friday brought a transformation of one kind. This Tuesday, I want to share a transformation that was much, much longer in the making. 

My Papaw and I wanted to make a fishing trip--our first one together in YEARS--before I left Kentucky for an extended stay in New Mexico.

There's no better time than the last minute! We went yesterday, and it was the perfect way to spend my last day in Kentucky before a few weeks of sand and dry heat. 

There's no better time than the last minute! We went yesterday, and it was the perfect way to spend my last day in Kentucky before a few weeks of sand and dry heat. 

 This is Landon's expression, reading the nutrition facts on the back of our lunch. 

 This is Landon's expression, reading the nutrition facts on the back of our lunch. 

Which was this: the classic Papaw lunch. You can't catch a fish without eating a couple "vy-ee-nees."

Which was this: the classic Papaw lunch. You can't catch a fish without eating a couple "vy-ee-nees."

We certainly enjoyed the day with the legend, himself.

So, about that transformation I mentioned earlier.
Here are some moments from past experiences with fish.

I tried to get another picture with Papaw yesterday, but the sun killed our vibe.

My Adventurous Journey

I'm breathless, I'm sweating very, very large bullets, I'm this close to exhausting my water ration, and I'm not really sure where I'm going to find the strength to lift myself on top of one more rock. Yet, I'm doing it and am determined not to complain.

"I think the trail is pretty flat from here on out."
"Don't challenge nature, Val! Nature will laugh in your face." 


My best friend, Val, is the bubbly, blonde yogi pushing past branches and creating a path for me. She does this "hiking thing" often...and I'm thankful true friends don't judge each other by how long they would survive alone in the wilderness. Let's just say...in matters of the wild, you want Val on your team.

In December of 2013, Miss Kentucky, Jenna Day, and the Boy Scouts of Kentucky brought the Duke of Edinburgh Award to the Bluegrass. The free and optional DofE Award promotes self-discipline, growth, and aims to push you outside your boundaries. Aside from performing one hour of a special skill (I chose tap-dancing), physical recreation (I chose weight lifting), and community service every week for three months, I was required to embark on an "Adventurous Journey." 

I just love the sound of that. 

The point of the Adventurous Journey is to explore the expanse outside of your comfort zone. Now, I love being outside as much as the next girl, but my comfort zone is about as far as I can drag a beach chair away from the ocean while still getting a gentle salty mist on my face. Hiking isn't my preferred choice of weekend activity, what with all the sweating, and the bugs, and the BEARS...thus, it is quite adventurous a journey for me.

So, I left the planning up to Valerie. I wouldn't trust anyone else to put up with me when I'm tired and dehydrated in the outdoors. When she wasn't helping me climb or stopping and smiling for yet another selfie, we talked about life, her plans to start a women's retreat and spa, and laughed at everything; mostly ourselves. 

We hiked Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge State Park, and The Pinnacles in Berea. If I needed any further proof that Kentucky is one of the most diverse and breathtaking places in the U.S.--if not the world--I need no more. I was easily distracted from my own lack of endurance by the sheer beauty of the scenery. So, of course, I took a million pictures.

My Adventurous Journey definitely served its purpose in opening the door to meaningful activity outside of my norm and provided time for much needed self-reflection. My breath was taken away by numerous mountain-top views (and one really dark tunnel), I laughed myself a little closer to a six-pack, and got to practice keeping my "big picture perspective" in mind. It wasn't until I arrived back in Greensburg late Monday night that I realized just how adventurous my journey truly was. I came away with four spider bites, a really painful, full-body sunburn, and a touch of poison ivy (turns out I'm not immune, Val!), but...

Thanks to you, Duke of Edinburgh, I am recharged! And, once the sunburn heals, really tan.

"The Songs We Used to Sing" Music Video Shoot

A really cool thing happened last November. I was asked to be a part of a music video. What you may not know about Greensburg is that this place is music video GOLD. We have beautiful, untouched countryside, a cute down-town, and countless helping hands ready to volunteer their whole weekend free of charge. Blake Judd, of JuddFilms, is a Greensburg native and has relied on his hometown for many country music videos. Todd Tue, of Milk Productions, isn't from Greensburg, but I'm going to make him an honorary citizen....because this video truly showcases how breathtaking our little Kentucky town is.

"The Songs We Used To Sing," by Possessed by Paul James, is an Country/Folk/Americana song that was perfect for the location.

I am not going to give away ALL the secrets because I don't want to take away from the storyline. But, every person in this video is from Greensburg or Campbellsville. In addition to that, the hair and makeup artist, choreographer, and some of the volunteer staff are from Greensburg as well. If that wasn't enough---some very kind Greensburg-ians donated their cabin, their home, and cooked a feast for everyone on set. It was an amazing experience and I am infinitely proud of the final product. 

Oh, and meet my boyfriend, Daniel. 

He came home early from NYC (where he is an actual actor!) to be my music-video boyfriend. Also, because we used my car to film, and because I love both the photo and memory, these two items are still hanging on my visor.

He came home early from NYC (where he is an actual actor!) to be my music-video boyfriend.
Also, because we used my car to film, and because I love both the photo and memory, these two items are still hanging on my visor.

The song debuted on CMT, YouTube, and VH1 yesterday!
Click here to view the video through CMTedge.com!

Happy viewing.....see you next Friday!

Christmas on the Square: Greensburg, KY

HERE IT IS! THIS IS IT! (pulls the curtain away...reveals the big secret) The very first post in my brand new adventure.

Each year, the City of Greensburg holds a day-long event called Christmas on the Square. As a recent employee of Greensburg, I had a hand in planning and preparation, and was so excited to see it come to life on Saturday, November 30th.

See my next adventure soon!