Making Lemonade

Categories: Explore, Inspiration, Travel

Made it to Austria! Lemmegetthisstraight: you want to take a ten month old on a red-eye flight to Europe and then travel around on more planes, trains and on foot? Are you nuts? It sounds crazy even to me. But here’s the deal. I’ve been working since I was 15 years old. The first few years of my career I worked three jobs to afford Cobra insurance because my first tv job did not give me health insurance.  I worked two years straight without a day off. One job lead to another job and they always want you to start tomorrow. You always think they’ll be time. To take that trip you’ve always wanted. A long vacation.  A chance to explore. But then 10, 15, 20 years goes by.  The situation is never perfect.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s now is the only time we have. And as you may have heard my schedule just opened up. Smile. If not now, when? You just gotta do it. So hell yes I’m strapping my ten month old baby to my back along with my husband. (Not on my back but you get the picture) and heading out to do something I love: explore. travel. learn. Wish this crazy woman and her awesome husband luck! I’ll be blogging as much as I can from wifi hotspots….in between naps and such.  Talk soon. xo


  1. This post makes me so happy! Amazing to look back on how much we’ve worked with time to explore. So excited you are grabbing the moment and making those memories! And inspiring that you are doing this with ‘Jack on your Back’! Xoxo

    Comment by Kerry on October 23, 2015 at 12:19 am

  2. One day at a time. Today is the day. Do it now and don’t look for obstacles but openings. You got the right idea, time flies by, the thief, taking your energy and sense of adventure if you’re not careful. So love that you three are seeking new venues in strange lands. Truly, it’s not what happens but how you handle what happens that makes you strong.
    Enjoy the lemonade!!

    Comment by Rebecca Ward on October 23, 2015 at 11:00 am

  3. Time can’t be measured or taken for granted.All of us in life, are given different amounts. Enjoy your trip, and the time allotted for it. Your new employment will be there waiting for you,upon your return.

    Comment by Gail Maxey on October 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm

  4. When my husband and i were married in 1973 he surprised me with a honeymoon in san francisco! since then thru thick and thin and three kids we took a big vacation every year (just the two of us thanks to grandparents who babysat). in life you have your priorities and where to spend your money – your home, clothing, videos, restaurants, savings, etc. because of my husband’s professional life we have been able to augment our personal trips with conferences and business trips to europe (i don’t do asia or any flight longer than 9 hours as i can never sleep ((even in business class))). one of our highlights is oktoberfest in munich every september – and now it’s been more than 20 years there with reservations at the schottenhamel tent! i just started reading your blogs tonight and am so intrigued and excited to read more! if you ever want to come to oktoberfest we are always there the opening week and will save space and two mass for you and mike and a sippy cup for jack. also, you might remember my husband, irv kaage – he was the person who gave the puck to patty higgins after she got hit in the head at the hawks game. he met with her last sunday at the game and she has not yet recovered fully from her injuries.

    Comment by laurel kaage on November 20, 2015 at 3:53 am

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