Thoughts on turning 35


I’m turning 35 today.

It’s one of those ages where you aren’t exactly sure where you fit in – I certainly don’t feel old, but I can’t hang with the 18-year-olds anymore, that’s for sure. That’s becoming more and more apparent during general admission concerts, where I used to wait outside for hours, then stand for several more and not feel creaky the next day. If Hanson could play seated shows from here on out, that would be great!

And at 35, I finally feel like I can do my make-up, fix my hair and cook decent meals, yet it kind of makes you panic a bit because forty is looming closer every year! There’s still so much I haven’t accomplished that I want to do before hitting “middle-age.”

I still need to buy a house; I haven’t made it to all 50 states yet; Am I saving enough for retirement??

But then I look at all the things I HAVE done and I’m pretty proud of how the last 35 years have gone.

I got married! 


49/50 states have been checked off my bucket list.


I’ve also traveled to Canada, Mexico, England, France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Iceland and some various islands in the Caribbean. 


Not only have I paid off student loan debt, but I’ve also paid off my car. 

I’ve found my tribe. 


Swam with dolphins.


Met Hanson. Multiple times. 


Donated hair (twice) to Locks of Love.


Was a 10-year 4-H member. 


Went on two mission trips in high school.


Saw the Cubs win the World Series.

Written book reviews for Indianapolis South magazine. 

I’ve earned two degrees! And I’m pretty proud of my Masters of Library Science and what it has allowed me to accomplish in my career. 


I’m sure I’m forgetting things, but these are just a few things that stand out to me when looking back over the years.

Here’s to the future and whatever God has in store for me!



Ibotta Cash Back App – Does it Work?

You’ve probably seen people sharing referral codes for different cash back apps and wondered if they really work or if it’s just a gimmick. I know I had my doubts about them but after using two different apps – Ibotta and Dosh, for the past year, I can confidently say “YES!” to one of them and “Meh” to the other. I’ve also started using Ebates, which seems to be one that will pay off as well.

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Mural Hunting in Indianapolis

About a year ago, I wrote a post featuring some of Indianapolis’ fun wall art. Since then, many new murals have popped up, especially on the south side of town. I thought it would be fun to do another post because who doesn’t love seeing these colorful pieces of art pop up in our neighborhoods?

This gorgeous mural is located at the Central State Mansion – an apartment community built on the grounds of an old mental institution. It’s located at 202 Steeples Boulevard, not far from Speedway.

This  hip rendition of Benjamin Franklin is located on the south side in Franklin, Indiana and pays tribute to the man the town was named after. You can find Ben at 351 E. Jefferson St. Be sure to check out the fun shops downtown Franklin has to offer!

The Monon Trail has a plethora of mural art. This colorful creation is located in Carmel, and was painted by a group of high school students. It’s located at 43 W. Main St.

Right next to Benjamin Franklin is a collection of kites. Perhaps an ode to his kite experiment with electricity?

This is one of my favorites! It’s actually part of a larger mural (see below) and was painted by Amy Hommell from the Teal Canary. You can find it in downtown Greenwood, Indiana located at 189 W. Main St.


This mural is so new that the paint was barely dry when I took a picture of it! Also located in Franklin, you can find this colorful wall underneath the Main Street bridge next to the skate park.

Located in Whiteland, Indiana, this super cute heart mural would be the perfect backdrop for engagement or Valentine photos. Just turn on Main Street off of 31 and it’s on the side of a building next to Crystal Graphics.