Posts Written ByJennifer Gerlock

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Hold on to yourself because I’m going to deliver a shocking piece of reality … blogging is not my full-time gig. Try to contain yourself. Like many of my cohorts across the globe, blogging is my side hustle. Do I dream of turning it into a full-time job that includes glamorous perks, travel opportunities and rewarding partnerships? Well, who wouldn’t? But for now it’s my passion project and one that I happily do because I love it and it fills my soul. I get a tremendous amount of personal gratification in connecting with others. I would be lost without it. I’m not alone in my side…

The other day a couple of friends of mine started a discussion surrounding an image that was circulating online. It’s basically one of those “the more you’ve tried, the younger you are” type of deals. So I’m a Gen Xer. I wear that proudly. I love my sarcasm, my people, my music and my movies. I am a huge Stranger Things fan, not only because it is damn good storytelling but also because IT IS MY CHILDHOOD. That all being said, I still try to stay as current as I can. Mostly because I want to relate to my kids.…

Have you ever had an itch to do something different with your weekend? Something just a little out of the ordinary and a little bit of a stretch? I’ve been feeling that a lot lately. I’m finding myself kind of bored in my everyday and actively searching for mini adventures to keep me charged up and creative. It was in this spirit that I somehow ended up on an unplanned 20 mile C&O Canal bike ride with friends. It was a totally last minute decision. I mean, the hubby and I have bikes but they’ve been in our garage for…

As I write this my youngest son is in the midst of a double shift at work, my oldest is on vacation in Maine with some family friends and my husband is downstairs playing piano. Everyone is occupied. Except me. I’m restless. I’m restless because this new normal is not yet normal. These long swaths of quiet time were once filled with chaos and multitasking. I’m good at that. I’m used to it. And while I’m not complaining exactly, I’m not totally comfortable with this new existence. You would think that with my newfound time that  my house would be…

By the time summer rolls around each year, I get restless. I find myself itching for an adventure or at the very least, a break from the routine. More often then not I wind up white knuckling it until vacation and that’s no way to live. This year, in an effort to be proactive I decided to give myself a list of tasks to accomplish to keep things interesting. It is basically ME forcing ME to try to unwind and live a little. So here is what I came up with… My 2019 Summer Bucket List Perfect a signature cocktail…