March Goals

The girl in that picture up there? It's not me. I snapped this photo while we were in Sleeping Bear Dunes last year, and I just love the mysteriousness of it all. It reminds me of a new month or a new day or a new year because this girl, whoever she is, looks ready to conquer something big. (Actually, she was probably about to attempt to conquer the giant sand dune in front of her. If you've never been to Sleeping Bear Dunes, just trust me when I say that thing is steep. I'm not afraid of heights, but it even freaked me out.)

And I'm ready to conquer March! I have faith that this month will be the start of buds on the trees and productivity in my office. My biggest business goal is to get ahead on stuff that generally holds me back during busy season. I've had quite a bit of free time this winter, and I want to use it to my advantage so I'm not running around like a crazy person come June.

In case you need a kick start this month, check out this Jess Lively podcast with Alex Ikkon on productivity that I found super helpful and inspiring.

March Goals

  • Read four books (finish The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George and start and finish Woman Code by Alissa Vitti and 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam)
  • Finish my new website + brand refresh
  • De-clutter our bathroom (SO many little bottles … ahhhh!)
  • Sell my Mamiya 645 AFD
  • Get ahead on business stuff (gather packaging, update forms, etc.)
  • Update my client guides with brand refresh
  • Start a new client guide (this has been on my list FOREVER. Just gotta get started!)
  • Do lesson plans for my gymnastics girls

Mackinac Island | Travel

Mackinac Island MichiganSince early last year, I had been saving the weekend of the Fourth of July for personal travel. It wasn't always easy to keep it free (I'm always so tempted to take every wedding that comes my way!), but it was totally worth it after the fact. Nathan and I spent the weekend in Mackinac Island with his family and had the best time!

Mackinac Island sits right in between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan in Lake Huron. And I just want to take a moment right now and say that Michigan is completely underrated. It is GORGEOUS, and those Pure Michigan commercials aren't lying. :) We had absolutely perfect weather (albeit a little chilly) while we were there … blue skies and blue water. It doesn't get better than that!

Except it does because the coolest thing about this island? No cars are allowed! Everyone travels by horse, bicycle or foot, and all the trash is collected and goods are delivered by horse and buggy. Cool, right? I kinda felt like we had stepped back in time. We bicycled around the entire island, which is 8 miles, twice. Renting bikes is definitely a must-do if you ever visit Mackinac. I'd also highly recommend a carriage tour of the island. There's so much history packed into that little place!

When we planned this trip, I decided that I was only going to shoot film while we were there. The fact that I barely have to edit my film images meant that I'd actually have my vacation photos ready to go as soon as they were developed. Usually my vacation photos sit on my hard drive for a few months until I have some time to go through them. No thank you! I wanted these images ASAP. I'm happy to report that this was the best decision, and I'll be doing this for all future trips!

Enjoy a peek of Mackinac Island through my film lens …

Mackinac Island Michigan The Island House Mackinac Island Michigan We stayed at the Island House--the oldest continuously operating hotel on the island. We decided that we had the best location on the island (not in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, but not too far), and aside from the one dirty sheet we found upon arrival (ha!), we'd definitely recommend this spot.

Mackinac Island Michigan Bicycles on Mackinac Island Michigan Mackinac Island Michigan The Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan While the Grand Hotel was not in our budget, we did venture up the hill to snap a couple photos. This place is MASSIVE and has a huge porch (I think the longest in the country if I'm not mistaken!).

Mackinac Island Michigan Ahhh, Pure Michigan.

Mackinac Island Michigan Mackinac Island Michigan Horses on Mackinac Island Michigan These were our horses for our carriage ride. The one in the middle is Travis, and I remember that because the carriage driver kept telling him to "step it up!" Evidently he's the slacker of the bunch.

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Where we stayed: Island House Where we ate: Carriage House, Pancake HouseIsland Slice Pizzeria, Chuckwagon, The Gate HouseJoAnn's Fudge (about three times … this was definitely the best fudge on the island; we did thorough testing!) What we did: Rented bicycles, took a carriage tour, toured Fort Mackinac, visited Little Stone Church