According to Google; an anthem is a rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body or cause. Interesting.

We have all heard anthems throughout our lives. We have patriotic anthems such as the Star Spangled Banner. We have high school anthems. We have Christmas anthems. The list goes on.

I am also pretty sure each of you have your own personal anthem as well. If you don’t, it wouldn’t hurt to get one. It helps motivate and encourage action and is a great way to boost serotonin in your brain (the happy feeling).

Here are some that I like to get you going on finding your anthem.

  1. (Yes, this one is mine) Aretha Franklin: Respect
  2. Sia: Unstoppable
  3. Beatles: All You Need Is Love
  4. Gloria Gaynor: I Will Survive
  5. Joseph: White Flag

Quick Weekend Getaway

I haven’t had the time to be able to take long vacations for a couple of years now but just like everyone else, I do feel the itch to get away and rejuvenate. Since I can’t really get away, I have looked into some great weekend trips from my house.

Here are 5 that I am seriously considering.

  1. Hood River: People in Portland talk about it all the time but all I have ever done is driven through it. It might be kind of fun to hang out in the gorge for a weekend.  
  2. Bend: One of the few places I haven’t been to in Oregon. 
  3. Florence: I am actually headed there as soon as my sister can get time off from work. 
  4. Vashon Island: I am very intrigued to know more about the Puget Sound. 
  5. Bainbridge Island: Yes, more exploring on the sound. 

Designing the Garden

So I don’t have the luxury right now to design a garden but I have big dreams for the future! I think about how I want it to look and what plants I want it. I am not talking about all the extra items that people have in their backyards. We aren’t talking about pools, decks, outdoor kitchens, etc. All of those items are great and I am not opposed to them but I want a space that I can lounge in nature. I place where I can take a nap in the grass or walk through the trees or pick flowers. So here are some of my ideas.

What would you like your garden to look like?

  1. I wish my vegetable garden was as neat as this one and as large.
  2. I also want a larger space for my herbs.
  3. I want my flower garden to include some of these.
  4. And it should include some of these.
  5. I also want a nice walking path through it as well. 

In Your Habitat

The post this week arose from a conversation I had recently with some friends. What animals would you love to see in their natural habitat? Everyone had their favorite as answers came petty quick. We were also able to make a list of animals we don’t EVER want to see in their natural habitat. For me that would include any kind of snake. (I will not be standing in a crowd watching a snake charmer in India).

This conversation then morphed into an article I read in Popular Mechanics about animals that live in the United States that you might not have known about. You can read the article here.

With all of this discussion, I realized that I need to know a little more about the animal kingdom beyond the zoo experience.

So what animal would you like to see in their natural habitat?

  1. Giant Panda: No joke; I went to China and spent a month there and never once went to the sanctuary to see the pandas. My loss for the time being.  
  2. Kiwi: I think they are an absolutely fascinating bird. 
  3. Great White Shark: I know this sounds absolutely crazy but there is a huge part of me that wants to go down in one of the cages and actually see them for real. Okay, I would settle for being on a boat. (The theme from Jaws is actually playing in my head right now). 
  4. Walrus: They are so interesting to me. I really want to know everything about them. 
  5. Elephant: I have actually seen them before not in a zoo but to really see them in their habitat would be incredible.