It’s a Small World!

Not only was this my favorite ride at Disneyland for years and years (and still might be!), this is also a fact of life.

Yes, it has a surface area of 196.9 Million square miles, and a radius of 3,959 miles (according to it’s Wikipedia page), but it is crazy how, with 7 billion people, so many networks cross paths.

Let me enlighten you:

1. My Grandpa Schneider was a military vet (as were my other grandpas) who settled in Kansas City, Missouri. When my dad took Grandpa to a casino in Lake Tahoe in the early 1990s, a fellow military vet recognized my grandpa (after all of those years) and flagged him down. Crazy, right?

2. My sister moved to New York City for a year. When I visited her for the first time, we were waiting on a random subway platform, and a former coworker from Kansas City walked right up to her and they talked for a few minutes! What???

3. My sister and I spent the first few years of our lives growing up in a small cow town in northern California (small school class to go with it). We spent the remainder of our childhood years in – you guessed it – Kansas City, and decided to go to San Diego for college. And you know what? One of our classmates from that small cow town and that tiny school class in northern California joined us at this small private school!

OK, so those are a few of the MANY past examples I have. And they are continuing into today, with an international run in. Not with someone I know, but someone I will come to know.

Timmykins and I finally booked our honeymoon flights and have been working on all of the plans in between. We decided to utilize the vacation rental site, Airbnb, for the first time for a night in Dublin, Ireland. In the little interaction we have had with the owner of the property so far, we have a LOT of conversing to do, because he attended high school for a year just a couple of hours from our home, his best friend lives nearby, and he has spent some time more recently in our city! CRAZY small world!

And it makes me happy! Why? Because it makes this big ole earth seem a little bit more like a community. More manageable. More like home. And it makes me realize that my house is not my home. Wherever I go is home, and wherever I go I always have the possibility of running into an old friend or a friend of a friend, and that gives me a warm feeling :) 

Have you ever had these small world interactions? How did they make you feel? Who knows? Maybe one day, you and I will run into and recognize one another. I look forward to that day, Happy People!

<3 The RoaminTwin
Mine & my mom’s favorite part of the Small World ride at Disneyland :)

Happy Tweets Monday!

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, fellow Happy People!

I’m just gonna get to the nitty gritty: It’s Happy Tweets Time! Enjoy!

So many beautiful things in the world created by just a thought. Believe in your vision & surround yourself with people that believe in you.
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” -Oprah Winfrey
Behind every great business is an entrepreneur who’s pretty sure she’s screwing up.
You are confined by the walls that you build yourself.
^^Boy, is this a toughie to realize…even harder to change! Stay Positive!
« Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. »Les Brown
“Every single day you should wake up and commit yourself to becoming a better person.”
Now I will go drink my cup of afternoon tea, close my eyes and take a few deep breaths, then it is time to plunge forward again! Motivation attained!
<3 The RoaminTwin

Are YOU Afraid of the Dark?

No, the title of this post does not mean it is about the Nickelodeon TV show from the 90s. Instead, it is about your fears and my fears, and how we should all handle them.

This weekend, I learned everything I ever wanted or needed (or didn’t want or didn’t need) to know about airplanes and flight history. OK, not everything, but more recently it has been the main topic of conversation for Timmykins and myself as we plan a pretty packed summer for travel. I learned about an airline merger, the amount of seats on a specific plane, what mechanism controls what, how many “incidents” the airline we flew has had in it’s HISTORY, and much much more…

Why would I now have all of this knowledge in my brain? Because Timmykins told me. And why would he have all of this seemingly useless (but pretty darn fascinating) knowledge pooling in his brain? Because he is scared of flying.

I can’t blame him, really. After watching an episode of All My Children that has a plane crash in it with my mom when I was 7, I was nervous about flying for a few years. But, that didn’t stop my family from going on trips, and eventually I realized that soap operas are over-dramatic, and that incidents are very few and far-between.

When he and I first started dating – in the dark ages – he had a business trip where multiple flights were involved. They put him on a tiny plane, and halfway through his connecting flight from Atlanta to Pennsylvania, they turned the plane around. It was cold, and the defrosters on the engines stopped working. So, in order to defrost the plane and land it safely, they needed to turn around to warmer climate. About an hour after they landed, they told everyone to re board. THE. SAME. PLANE.

I would have said: Heck no, techno! And I am not afraid of flying!

Amongst all of the facts and figures Timmykins threw at me regarding flight throughout the weekend, this is the lesson that stuck with me:

It’s time for me to face my fears head on.

My husband flies planes because he knows that on the other side of that flight, an adventure awaits. He faces one of his biggest fears every time he boards a plane! And, as I mentioned before, there is no lack of airline travel for us in the coming months!

If I could make an all-encompassing fear made public to you all, it would be the fear of failing. So, with Timmykins as an example, it is time for me to take more chances to reach my dreams.

And, ultimately, my happiness depends on it.

What fears are YOU ready to stare down?

<3 The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets: To Be Used ANY Day Of The Week!

Good Afternoon, Happy People!

After each big event, I feel like things will calm down, that life will be a little less hectic. But, who the heck wants that, really? That sounds boring. So, instead of taking a weekend just to relax, get some things done around the house – you know, things that none of us have done in MONTHS – we decided to take a weekend trip up to see Timmykin’s grandma in Pennsylvania! It was not near enough time, but we packed in as much visiting and exploring as we could. That also meant that I didn’t have my computer on (except a little time to work on Saturday evening), which means no blogging until today! So, I apologize for my tardiness of our regularly scheduled Happy Tweets, but guess what? ANY day is a good day for Happy Tweets! Enjoy!

« We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do. » Dale Carnegie
« Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. »Napoleon Hill
^^Personally working on this one!
People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours.
^^Don’t give them the satisfaction!!
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin
If a man goes to work in the right spirit, work is no hardship. – Thomas J. Watson
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. –
« Don’t find fault, find a remedy. »Henry Ford
Every day do one thing that scares you.
<3 The RoaminTwin

Once In A Lifetime

I don’t know if you all remember this, but a couple of months ago, I had to Pump The Brakes! I nearly purchased 5 tickets for my family to see Julie Andrews in her speaking series in May. In England. With no prior plans to be there AT ALL.

Well, little did I know that – in Timmykin’s scouring of the internet for the perfect Christmas gift – he too had run across this speaking series that my idol had scheduled across The Pond. And without reading my blog post, he came to me with a proposition:

Let’s go to England for our honeymoon and see Julie Andrews while we are there!

At first, I thought he was just doing this to make me happy. We already had this elaborate plan – well, IDEA; nothing set in stone – to go to Germany around Oktoberfest this coming fall. We were going to take in all of the history, drink some beer, and make a trip over to Austria to take the ‘Sound of Music’ tour (guess whose idea THAT was??). We had talked about traveling to Germany since long before getting engaged, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.

But here is the reasoning he gave me:

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Germany and Oktoberfest will be around for the foreseeable future, but Julie Andrews won’t be around forever. Plus, anything we do is an adventure, and there is plenty I want to see and do in England as well!

OK, I can get with that!

So, this past weekend, we booked our tickets to see Julie Andrews LIVE and IN PERSON! Nothing else has been booked yet, but the first step has been taken! Now all we need is his passport, tickets, hotels, trains…we are getting there :)

So, here is just one piece of advice I can offer you from this experience thus far:

Whether you decide to marry or not, choose to spend your time with at least one adventurer in your life. Whether it’s venturing to different countries, or just different restaurants together, it will be a happy relationship! And, if you just so happen to be able to marry this adventurer in your life, more power to you! I did!

<3 The RoaminTwin
EEEEEE! I so essited to see her!


Another Look!

Hi All!

I have been thinking a lot recently about taking another look. Another look at purchases I have been pondering, reevaluating the want and or need for an item. Another look at education, which I was so so happy to break free from upon graduation, but knowing that I must continue to take opportunities to educate myself in order to grow. But most importantly, I have been thinking of those people that I have given another look. No, not those that have wronged me. Not the people who sought to drown me in negativity or anything of the sort. Those types of people don’t deserve my company, nor the satisfaction – or whatever they call it – of hurting me. Nor are those people deserving of YOU! I will give you 3 examples of “Another Looks!” that I am talking about.

1. My roommate, Stesha, from my sophomore year of college. Our freshman year, she lived in the same dorm as me. The only interaction we had was seeing each other in the hall (I think). All I thought of Stesha that entire year was that she was mean. Why did I formulate this opinion? Every time I saw her she had a blase face going on. At least, that is how I perceived it. Maybe she just had a bitchy resting face, or maybe I was just reading her wrong. And maybe we had other interactions, but they were few and far between.

Sophomore year, we got placed in the same on-campus apartment. There were 4 of us total, and we shared bedrooms with different people. But the fact that we were forced together – and I took another look at this person – made me realize that anything and everything I thought about her the previous year was a misconception. And you know what? She stood on the altar as one of my bridesmaids last weekend. And she didn’t have bitchy resting face :)

2. My coworker, Riley. Riley is 2 years younger than me, and was 2 years behind me in grade school. I was more or less friends with her older sister, who was in my grade, but someone younger? Psssh…us older kids didn’t give them a second glance. Not that there was anything wrong with her. My world was just confined to my grade at that point.

Now, we are coworkers. Our desks are very near one another. We chatter and help one another with work. We even hang out outside of work, and I photographed her recent wedding for her! There is something about being grown up where age no longer matters, but shared maturity does. I enjoy her :)

3. Timmykins. Timmykins and I shared one class my freshman year of high school. He is 2 years older than I, so we only ever shared that one class. I would say we were friends (I even have AIM conversations to prove it!), but he was uber skinny, was dating a classmate of mine, and copied off of my homework. I took him as a slacker, and read him COMPLETELY wrong (OK, not COMPLETELY).

Welp, now we are married. In the short time where we weren’t in contact with one another, he matured exponentially from the skinny dork (sorry, babe!) I once knew. When we started talking, we came to find how similar many of our interests are, and I was pleasantly surprised that I could hold some of my most intelligent conversations with him. It’s so weird for me to think of the “Him? NO GROSS!” attitude I could have possessed. But, because I took another, closer look, I found someone who makes me happy and allows me to be happy. Now I never have to look back.

Have you taken another look and been pleased with the outcome? Please share!

And have a Happy Happy Day!

<3 The RoaminTwin


Happy Tweets Monday!


Good Morning!
Whether your weekend entailed relaxing, moving furniture, photo shoots, Disney On Ice, or all of the above (like me!), I hope it was FABULOUS! Now that we are back for the week, it’s time for a little motivation and happiness to pump us up for all of the work, running around, and PROGRESS we are going to make, right? Below, find some Happy Tweets that just so happen to deal with change, progress, and improvement! Because every day is a new day, and every day moves you forward in life, so why not work on always being your best self?
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions!”
« The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. » Dale Carnegie
The love you long for will make its way to you only when you’re completely in love with yourself.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” —Frederick Douglass
« The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you »Tony Robbins
Small changes can make a big difference.
^^For example: Back to the gym I go this week! Ahhhh!
Hold yourself accountable to the things you struggle with and you’ll find the tools to change them.
« I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. » W. Churchill
<3 The RoaminTwin