Life Is An Adventure!

Charity Massengale | A Cheerful Life Blog

So...where have I been?! 

I've finally found myself excited to blog for the first time in months, and it's equally exhilarating and exasperating. THERE'S SO MUCH TO SAY! I've lived a life time since I last posted my March favorites four months ago. I've had a lot going on in my brain and in my heart, and I felt very uninspired to write and share. Getting post ideas and creating them started to feel like a job and a chore, and I very much hated that feeling, and I just had to push pause on even thinking about churning out blog stuff.

I have reevaluated a lot regarding this blog during my pause. It's truly a double edged sword, having an expressive platform. On one hand, I want to write things people want to read, neutral topics and unassuming normal girly blog things, which I do love. On the other hand, I want to write things that feel worthwhile, issues that are personal and other, more specific things that I truly enjoy. Normally people would say, "go for what you like, Charity, that's what this is for", but my brain never has worked that way. I wanted people to read my blog and love it, more than I wanted them to read and see something passionate from me. I guess you can say, even though I never have wrote about anything I didn't like or mean, I wasn't really putting my whole heart into it all the time. 

I'm happy to say ... I'm back! 

I have some ideas.  Specific post ideas, and some extra section ideas. I could share them all right now, but I also know I have a tendency to make empty promises on here [if you signed up for a newsletter, just...I'm sorry], so I'm keeping it all tight to the vest for now. I'll let you know as I roll things out, so you can know when to visit, if you'd like [ and I hope you do!].  

So, where have I been? Here, there, and everywhere! 

I took two trips to Asheville: one to the Biltmore in April with two of my sisters, brother-in-law and husband; the other in early June to a concert and exploration with my best friend! Asheville has become the place of my heart. It's aesthetically gorgeous. It's hopping, but it's small. It has the outdoors to explore, and so many indoor things to do and visit. A proponent of inclusion and sustainability and environmental consciousness, historic preservation and all things quirky. I love the vibe that I get; the hippy inside of me is certainly pleased (which I truly am about 60% hippy). I'm also a Biltmore annual passholder now, and it is still the place that fairy tale dreams are made of - to me, anyway. 

Here's some pics from the April trip with some of the fam: 

 

And...some pics from the early June trip with my bestie. This was the best trip ever! Our weather was perfect. We saw Joy Williams in concert at Ambrose West, went to Biltmore the next day, and ate some killer good food in between!  

 

For Mother's Day, my family rented a pontoon and spent a couple of hours on Lake Cumberland. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs on the deck, and spent time cruising and sunning. I had not been on the lake in a boat since I was younger [I know, it's sad!] and I loved it so much! I can't wait to do it again sometime. 

My husband and I went on a getaway trip to Gatlinburg, which I honestly don't see us doing again any time soon. Our truck had an unexpected break down, and it rained for the 48 hours we were there, it was just not a great getaway. We found ourselves really grasping at things to do, because we've been there so much over our lifetimes. However, we got to squeeze in some time at the end to see take in the beautiful late-Spring scenery on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in the Smoky Mountains. Also, we stayed in a nice cabin in the trees [with a lot of spiders!]. We also drove around in a rented jeep, which had bald tires and a horn that sang songs. This small trip was quite an experience! 

In June, my youngest sister Abby went to Chemistry Summer Camp at University of Kentucky, and so my Mom spent the week in Lexington to transport her everyday. Of course, I had to go up for a night! Shopping, graveyards, cheesecake, and Movie Tavern. It was a fun time! Movie Tavern was a fun experience, but wayyyy overpriced. We loved the Airbnb townhouse.

Last weekend, I traveled with the bestie to visit our close friend in Cookeville, TN. I had never been to my friend's cute new house or into Cookeville before. The town was much more than I expected! There was a great hometown feel there, and we even took a drive around Tennessee Tech, which was a really nice campus. It was a short trip, but so fun to spend time in a new place and hang out with my very best friends! 

A few days later, I tagged along to Nashville with the bestie and her daughter, who just turned 16. We went to a Halsey concert at Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville, and also went on a tour of the Belle Meade Plantation, along with visiting some great restaurants. We stayed in an Airbnb, the Chester Cottage, which was a renovated 1930s cottage in East Nashville. It was amazing and a great place to stay!  

Traveling is very close to my heart, it is my very favorite things to do, up there at the top with a good book and makeup. I love nothing more than finding a city or a town, looking up new things to see and places to go, and just melding into a new atmosphere. It's amazing to me, experiencing where people call home, and the sameness and connection that exists between us all, even if the place is different from my home. **warm fuzzies**

Here's a few other things I've been up to: 

I can also imagine you might be thinking - gee, Charity, these would have been amazing places and things to blog about. And they definitely would have been! I highly recommend everything in these pictures!! I spent so much quality time with people I love, did some new things I had been putting off, went to two of the best concert shows in my life, pigged out on some of the best food I've ever tasted, and newly experienced so much! But I would sit down to write about the happenings every so often, and I couldn't even find the words, much less the motivation, to piece things together. So instead, I just let myself live without thinking about how to relay it to other people. It was quite freeing.

While I have no plans to "slow down" on all these life happenings from here on, I am shifting gears on my life focus [cooling it on the traveling, for now] and I feel like I want to fit blogging back into my life. I do love this little space. And I love and feel appreciative that you want to hang with me!  

While I've had a lot of negative things going on personally lately, I've taken big steps to be committed to enjoying my life while I have it, and taking what I consider to be a breather from pressures and everyday anxieties. [and therapy. LOTS of therapy :) ] I am grateful that I have the opportunities that I do! 

How has your summer been so far? I would absolutely, positively love to know!