I just want to share this photo of my pup, and I want to caption it with one of my favorite puppy (and adventurous people) quotes of all time:

Behold, the cutest photo in this world, taken by my sister (follow her at @klemsonphotographydesign on Instagram, people!):


And here’s the caption:

“There’s a great big hunk of world out there with no fence around it. Where two dogs can find adventure and excitement. And beyond those distant hills, who knows what wonderful experiences? And it’s all ours for the taking, Pige.” 

It’s from Lady and the Tramp, and I absolutely love it. And I love little Ellie’s face in the photo–it’s like she’s saying, “Oh! There it is! The biggest and prettiest world I’ll ever know…I’m just…kind of…frightened. Can I go? Will I go? Should I go?”

And, if you’re like me and Ellie, you might think these kinds of things right before you embark on new adventures. I’m about to begin grad school and a graduate teaching assistantship and a new life and in a brand new town and have to meet new people and do new things and shed fear of failure and experience apprehension and step out of my comfort zone all over again so…yes. These thoughts and feelings are quite relevant at the moment.

I’m human–of course I’m afraid of failure. I’ll be working on an MFA in creative writing and I’m already nervous–will I be horrible? Can I keep up with my fellow writers?

Will. I. Fail. Miserably?!?!?

I hope not. And if I do, hey. It’s cool. It’s fine. I’ll be okay. I’ll just work harder and find my way and my place in this big, fence-less world.

There is a great big hunk of world out there with no fence around it, so new adventures will always be limitless. I’m excited to try my hand at this new venture–let’s write stuff! Lots of it! Let it be horrible or wonderful or kind of okay! Either way, it’s a start and a new beginning, and I love those suckers.

You ready, Ellie?



“I Want it More Than I Can Tell”

Today I added a little gem to the back of my car:   

I got it from the esty shop “Happilyevertees,” but I believe it was just recently discontinued. 

I love how it turned out! This quote is one of my Disney favorites, and it is so fitting for a car. Just remember that having adventure doesn’t always mean scaling a mounting or trekking through the rain forest. Having an adventure could mean venturing to the “great wide somewhere” of your grocery store and creating something wonderful out of the mundane. Adventure is what you make it. 

I hope everyone has a magical day! I hope you all find adventure in your own special “great wide somewhere.” 


My last quote for the “3 Days,  3 Quotes Challenge” is a Disney classic:

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” 

Who wouldn’t love this quote? It’s hopeful and optimistic, something I try to be every day. Sometimes it gets hard, but when I’m feeling a little down, this quote can help me see the sunshine again.

Keeping on laughing, imagining, and dreaming, my friends. I hope everyone has a wonderful day.