As I pack my bag to supply the next venture, an overwhelming feeling of joy hits me unexpectedly. I was going somewhere new, different, fun. Though all great and valid reasons, this was not the reason for my joy. The reason was much more immediate.
My sights were set on something more simple. It's not where I am going that makes me feel. Not even the thought of leaving my work is making me change my thoughts. What has captured my imagination is the idea of simplicity.
Every day I have everything at my fingertips. Entertainment, comfort and life's necessities are all prominent features of my everyday life. This is my normal state and as I am very thankful for my state of being I am blessed to be reminded of adventure. I want to be uncomfortable. I want to escape routine, and I want to do it simply.
Packing my backpack has meaning, It tells me things are about to be different. For just a few days, forget about everything else. Focus on what is in your pack and what is in front of you" No need to worry if your kitchen is clean, No need to search for entertainment. Allow the journey to take you with it.
Follow us for the next few weeks as we visit a country you most likely haven't been to, and maybe even haven't heard of.
To England, Austria, Slovakia, and Czech Republic!
I was so touched this Christmas with the gift Ben made me. Our move to have one of us working full time on our own business was a plan that took years to accomplish. Not only does it take a tremendous amount of trust for each other but it takes teamwork and resilience. We have so much work ahead of us to get to where we want to go. But if we take little steps each day eventually we will look up and see that it all adds up to big things.
“Let this Illustration stand as a mark of my pride for you. When you are ever scared remember freedom takes courage, hardwork and dedication. But it is so damn fun.”
We are slowly preparing for our Europe trip. The anticipation is so crazy thinking about what to bring, who we will visit, and what we will see. Travel is so important in our lives even if its just taking a byway in North Dakota. There is so much to see all around us. Among our collection of books we have one that was written in 1950 called “How to Travel for Fun” by Helen Eva Yates. When I found it I quickly flipped to page 61 where Yates explains the cost of traveling in Europe. She writes “You can get by for as little as $1.00 a day sometimes less.” I chuckled to myself knowing full well how much we spend on just our flights alone. But it will be all worth it. It always is. We only get one life and what better way to live then experiencing the world, its culture and history.
Ben and I will be documenting our trip and sharing it with you guys along the way. We leave in a week. Now the question is…….
How do we pack?
As some of you know Ben and I LOVE Christmas cards. This year we made quite an extensive one that included a fake yearly analysis of the Kringle Coal Company we just made up. We also made a website for all the nice listers of 2015 to get their certificate from santa. Here is just the photo we put in our card.
We were the remaining 2 coal dwarfs left at the Kringle Coal co. due to all the cut backs from the large volume of nice listers.
“Tales of the Grove”
Welcome to the grove, a bleak and forsaken place among the trees of Helm County. Follow Jesse, an escaped prisoner, on his race to freedom as he plunges into the grove to escape his captors. What he finds in this dank dark forest he could have never foreseen. This book is an illustrated story, written as a Halloween special. A quick and satisfying read.
I am so proud of Ben for publishing his book on Amazon. Set your goals and live everyday to fulfill them.
Never forget to eat breakfast. It helps you center yourself for your days adventures. We are so lucky to be able to provide ourselves with nutritious healthy food.
Growing up we always ate Macintosh apples. My best friend and I would dance around the edge of their pond eating our juicy red snack. When we moved to North Dakota we had the hardest time finding them. My mom called me the other day and said “Rebecca! you will never believe it but I found Macintosh apples.”
Today I had one for breakfast it was the first one in a long time. It's amazing how certain foods and smells can bring back so many good memories.
We go to Sylvan Lake every year in the summer to bolder climb and hike around new trails. This last trip we went during the fall and it was entirely different then ever before. We were shooting an early morning video for our online commercial that we will be posting in the next few months.
Sylvan Lake is one if the most peaceful places I have ever been. Driving through the rocky hills of Custer State Park you have the chance of coming across buffalo, deer and waterfalls. But nestled away in the hills is this little lake with huge granite slabs towering out of the water. During the summer it is filled with people laughing with their families and enjoying the beauty. This time with it being fall there was no one there. It was just quiet. The lake looked like glass as the granite towers reflected off the still water.
Ben proposed to me two and a haft years ago here, so it holds a special place in our hearts. This place is heaven.
Getting ready for winter for us is one of our favorite processes. The excuse to get outside and do some hard work is something we look forward to. There is a sweet spot we wait for. Its best when its cool enough to layer our cloths and the evenings are light enough to see our work. The crunch of the leaves beneath our boots and the sound of the axe carried through the trees is what we remember when its to cold to be outside. It gives us time to reflect on the past year and plan for the new one. Even something as simple as chores can be a special time together.
Rebecca & Ben Brick
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