This is 49

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Joe Lewis

I could not agree more.

This is 49, folks. That’s right – I turned 49 yesterday, and it was spectacular. There was laughter, love, and a whole lot of authentic, deep connection.

But really, the whole week has been that way.

For one thing, (actually if I back up a week or so,) I had a wonderful time in Columbus, Georgia at the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus annual conference. It is always refreshing to gather with my tourism colleagues and explore new cities. There were a multitude of educational opportunities, time for networking, and then there was gorgeous Columbus!

If you haven’t had a chance to explore Uptown Columbus, you are missing out! They have a gorgeous river walk where there is white water rafting and a zipline that takes you across from Georgia to Alabama and back again!

We got to enjoy a lovely reception at the Power Plant right on the Chattahoochee River. The event was catered by Epic, which is this super swanky restaurant in UpTown.

It was such an awesome experience.

Later, after I got home, Tim and I spent a relaxing weekend with each other and the dogs on the farm. Just celebrating our little boy, who happens to turn two today!

Last weekend, Tim gave me an awesome spa day at Grove in Warner Robins. I plan to write a little post on my entire experience this weekend. So stay tuned for that!

Grove is a beautiful upscale spa in Warner robins, GA

Downtown Americus Main Street held an incredible Downtown Chili Crawl. Your’s truly actually entered and shared one of my healthy chili vegetarian recipes. Unfortunately, I didn’t even place, but the experience was a lot of fun. There were several people that came to my booth and thanked me for offering a meatless option. It felt good to be able to share that new side of me. (Beef maybe once or twice a month.) This was simply: Chili beans, kidney beans, tomato sauce, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, paprika, tumeric, sea salt, pepper, garlic paste, onion powder, and garlic powder. That was it!

Valentine’s Day was nice! Haley and I dressed all Valentinesy – I wore a Mod 1960s’s pink and black hounds tooth from Unique Vintage. I LOVE this shop. They have so many cute things and I love shopping their dresses. Here is a link to their shop: Unique Vintage.

My birthday was Wednesday and the night of my party, I realized that I have finally created a community. I moved here in 2016. I was 43. I was at the top of my game. Happy, in love and used to living fancy-free. This whole journey has been about me moving to the deep south, and specifically a small town in Southwest Georgia.

It was nice when I first got here. I love change, I love meeting new people, and the first year was a bit of a honeymoon. I got engaged, rebranded a community, got married, traveled to Disney for the first time, went to Paris, and built a house. All in that first year and a half. It was the best of times. At first, I was welcomed into Plains with open arms. I went to bunco games at a local boutique after hours. I would gather up the street with the community have dinner with neighbors (including Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter.) It was good. We were invited to visit churches in Plains, and though I enjoyed meeting everyone, I am neither Methodist or Baptist. I’m Catholic. We don’t just bounce denominations.

I didn’t realize how much of a cultural faux pas that was in small towns. Again, I am learning.

Then there was Andersonville. I didn’t live there, only worked marketing the area.

Leslie & Desoto – same as Andersonville.

Americus – I don’t live there, but I work for the engine. You know, the City. People would invite me to social things, but only ask me about work related items and tell me “what I should be doing.” *Sigh.* Took awhile to find my tribe. I “auditioned” friends (though they didn’t know it…) and finally found the people that will be forever friends. And at my birthday party – it showed.

These are my people!

And there were so many others that I picked up along the way. I also figured if you care to come my party, I may have to count you are apart of my new fam!

Yesterday, I ended up getting two cortisone shots in my knees – one in each. Yes, this is really what 49 is about. Especially when you have massive inflammation, excess weight, and years of ballet. But I feel fantastic today. No sleep, since it sort of jacks me up, so I stayed home with my little man.

Neither one of us got much sleep, so we are relaxing together today.

So this is 49, folks. My trip leading into Volume two! I just wanted to catch everyone up what has been going on. I have some new content lined up and I look forward to sharing this journey with you! Want me to tackle some topics or have some questions for me, simple leave a comment or email me!

Published by nicolesdestinationunknown

Tourism Director * Freelance Writer * Southern * Catholic * Crazy Cat Lady * Wonder Women * Coffee Addict * Traveler * Voracious Reader * Cultural Junkie * *GSD Mom*

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