Category Archives: Fun & Inspiration

Daily Routine

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of success is found in your daily routine.”

                                                                                                                                – John C. Maxwell

The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

This quote is from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910.

I want to live my life as the man in the arena, not the critic on the sideline!

A European Vacation

Some of our good friends from church have to be in Denmark for about three months for business, so my friend Steph and I decided to visit them recently. So glad we did! It’s officially my favorite vacation ever. It was the perfect blend of relaxing, sightseeing, traveling and spending time with our friends. Plus lots of great shopping and eating! Here’s a taste of our trip:

Day 1 in Copenhagen – lovely!
We enjoyed lunch with our friends at one of the restaurants along here.
Day 2 we took the train to downtown Copenhagen. What a fun day!
Joe & the Juice – we seriously need one of these in Fort Collins! We ate there three times – it was so good!
Blocks of chocolate on sticks that melt into your drink!
Day 3 – Tivoli Gardens, oldest amusement park in the world, founded in 1843
Tivoli inspired Walt Disney as you might be able to tell
Beautiful lights come on throughout the park at night
Sights from all over the world can be found here
This ride topped even Cedar Point! So fun…
Days 4 and 5 were spent in Stockholm, Sweden. Loved it!
Dinner in old town Stockholm. Wonderful.
Founded in 1252, we loved the old buildings and cobblestone streets. Definitely a favorite!
Lunch next to the palace. Of course!
The house our friends are renting and where we stayed.
My wonderful and cozy little room.
So charming!
Apple orchard next to the house. And yes, I did swing on the swing!
The view approaching our friends’ house. Ahhh…
A 15 minute walk to the beach from their house includes passing through these lovely woods.
Days 6 and 7 I took advantage of this. So relaxing!
Day 7 included a train ride to nearby Holbaek, Denmark. Here Steph and I enjoyed lunch and shopping. And maybe a few sweet treats!

Day 7 ended with a fire on the beach. Doesn’t get much better!
Day 8, one of my favorites, included a visit to a castle. We followed this lovely path to the entrance.
Frederiksborg Slot is a 17th century castle in Denmark. Loved walking through it and the beautiful grounds.
The far end of the ballroom boasts this amazing fireplace.
Several of our friends’ kids were able to dress up, and we tried our hand at writing liked they used to. Such a great day!
Had a wonderful time being with our good friends and enjoying many new things. I’m ready to go back!