Posts Tagged ‘It’s me…Denise’


Wednesday, January 4th, 2017


If I’m being honest, I didn’t love 2016.  Not at all.  My family is healthy & happy and we had a wonderful year. And yet, I felt unsettled.  Is it age?  Is it my health? Is there something more for me?  Loud, giant questions- with what I’m sure will be simple, quiet answers in the months and years to come.  I want to feel hopeful in this new year.  I read something this weekend to eliminate resolutions and turn them into revolutions.  Oh, how much do you love that?!?

So, in this first week, I am starting personal practices that will carry me through the year.  Mindfulness, wellness, journaling, strengthening connections, and creating joy.  If I know myself, the starting is easy and the follow through is the challenge.  I hope that creating structure to each practice will enable me to keep it going.  It’s going to be tough work and I’m certain I will be uncomfortable, but I also know it’s going to be worth it!

What are you working toward in 2017?




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Monday, May 23rd, 2016

sunrise | Where is June

When you write, whether for a living or as a hobby, it is saddening when the words don’t come.  In the last few months I have started and not finished post after post.  During the day I would think to myself, “Oh, that would be a great idea for a post.”  Many days I didn’t have enough motivation to sit down and write.  Some days I would get started and not follow through.  The cycle was vicious.

I have written before about my self-diagnosed struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder {SAD}.   While I still haven’t seen a professional about it, I am 100% convinced that each winter I am faced with the crushing reality of being depressed.  It isn’t something that makes any sense.  My family is wonderful.  We are all healthy.  We have everything we need and then some.  From the outside it makes no sense to be sad.  However, it is impossible to talk yourself into shaking it off. {Believe me, I have tried.}  And while it is quite personal it is also quite real.  This year was exceptionally bad.  With a few extra concerns/battles piled onto my usual doldrums, this winter was unusually long and brutal.

The light is returning literally and metaphorically.  I am seriously hard wired to the sun.  I find joy in spending time with friends, loving on my boys, planning adventures, and laughing with my husband.  After too many months of being sedentary, I begin the slow road back to being fit.  I plan to write more consistently but in the spirit of being kind to myself, it won’t be everyday.   While there isn’t immediate recovery, new things like acupuncture, yoga, and mediation are helping me fight my way back to happy.

I hope you are well.  Thank you for reading and being supportive of my little corner.


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Monday, January 11th, 2016

the year of more | Where is June?

2016 is well underway and I am ready for a year of more!  I have written before that I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  They always seem to elicit guilt and our world doesn’t need more people feeling guilty, especially women.  Every year I make a list of all the things I would love in the upcoming year. Sometimes they are big and some are small.  They are always things that will make me smile.  This year I want four things in abundance: challenges, adventure, health, and family.


tips up | Where is June?

Continuing to challenge myself is what keeps me motivated and excited for each new season.  This year I have challenged myself to learn to ski.  After four seasons doing the lodge bunny thing, I am ready to be part of the fun.  While I don’t see black diamonds in my future, it has been such a thrill to ride the chair lift with my boys, chatting and talking without any interruptions.  That time alone is worth the embarrassment of learning something new at 41.  Here’s hoping for an injury free season.


iguazu falls adventure | Where is June?

At this time last year a trip to Argentina was not on the calendar.  I had never heard of Iguazu Falls.  How wonderful to have experienced this amazing spot with my sweet husband and to have this “after” picture to remember it.  Not all adventures need to be this grand {or so far away}.  Where will our next adventure take us?


Continued health for my family and myself is always at the forefront of my mind.  Being healthy trumps all else, doesn’t it? Lucky for me being active makes me really happy.  And spending time with my friends is a really great bonus!  I am looking forward to more fun surrounding being healthy together.  A highlight of 2015 was breaking the 1:50 barrier at the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon.  This video perfectly sums up the energy of the race.  {Pay close attention around the 1:04 mark!}  Can’t wait to run it again in August!



family fun | Where is June?

Actually, time with this crazy crew is all I really need!  We are not perfect.  It isn’t always pretty.  But building memories with my three boys is what fills my heart.  They make me feel most complete.  They are my best friends in every sense of the word.

2016, let’s do this.

PS.  My lists in 2013, 2014, & 2015


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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Cookie jar | Where is June?

I wrote a guest blog post today for a fellow Seattle area blogger.  Brenda, creator of From Me With Love, just had a baby and needed a little time off. I was happy to help her enjoy a little extra time with her baby.

I shared a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Jars.  Pop on over and read the entire post.  {They are the absolute perfect dessert!}


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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

happy anniversary

Who are these babies pictured -so happy {and tan}?  Man, they look insanely happy, don’t they?

This picture was snapped just days after we returned from our honeymoon.  We are celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary today.  Fourteen years is a pretty good run.

Here is what I know after 14 years:

1.  I would still pick the same guy.

2.  If you didn’t receive {birthday, Valentine, etc} cards before you were married, it is never going to happen.

3.  Saying nothing is sometimes the best course of action.

4.  Getting the last word isn’t important, as long as, deep down, you know you are 100% correct.

5.  Just let me be in charge.  It works better that way.

Love you babe!  Can’t imagine navigating this crazy world without you.


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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

an inspired life

You may have been wondering, “Where is June?”  While I am still in constant search of the most excellent version of myself, I am still here.  Here and well.  Sorry to have disappeared.  I can feel the weight of winter being lifted.  Spring brings optimism and lightness, literally and figuratively.

I spent this winter reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  While certainly not a new book, I had not read it.  I love how it focuses on finding what is good in your life, changing up habits that don’t serve you or those around you, and clearing space to simply be happy.  I appreciate how the author clearly states that she was not unhappy before launching her happiness project.  She really just wanted to be appreciative and present in her every day.   I 100% understand.

I am blessed with a lovely life.  Truly.  But I do find myself wondering, “What now?”  I seem to be wondering a lot lately.  If I was having coffee with my 20 year-old self, I would urge her to follow her dreams.  Dreams are big and plentiful when we are starting out.  The runway is long.  Options endless.  Follow your dreams.  However, as middle age creeps in the dreaming is so very different.  More complicated I guess.  What are my dreams at forty?  I’m not afraid to follow my dreams, I just don’t know what they are exactly.   Does that make any sense?

So while I quietly decide what happens next, I return to this creative space.  A space that is all mine, which I am happy to share with all of you!

{Seattle//2.22.15.  Oh, how she shines!}

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{2015} YOU’RE MINE

Monday, January 5th, 2015

you're mine 2015

I just launched the kids back-to-school and I sit alone in my kitchen.  Dishes to do, a Christmas tree to dismantle, a to-do list a mile long, and yet I feel calm.  It is strangely bizarre, but I always feel so much better when the calendar flips from December to January.  I have posted before about the doldrums that hit me in October.  {Last year, they lasted all the way through Spring.}  But there is something about 2-weeks to recharge-with little to no responsibilities that puts a pep back in my step!

our world needs

I am not making any resolutions, because I feel like they are always attached to some sort of guilt.  The world doesn’t need more people feeling guilty.  Our world needs happy, fulfilled people loving life and those around them!  While I DO NOT make resolutions, I do make lists!

Things I would love in 2015:

opportunities to step outside my comfort zone, great books to read, new adventures with my kids, to catch a sunrise on a stand-up paddle board, completed house projects, a dip in the Caribbean Sea, time alone, a snowy night with a roaring fire, chances to see my boys shine, a weekend get-away with my husband, salty sea air, blemish-free skin, a road trip with my girls, to witness goodness, boisterous meals with friends, a run in Central Park, a Super Bowl repeat, a carefree summer, strong arms and a toned tummy.

What would you love more of in 2015?

PS.  My lists from 2013 & 2014


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Friday, December 12th, 2014

i love emojis

This seems like a ridiculous question right?  Well, I must ponder this very deliberately because it is a real dilemma for me.  You see, I dropped my phone about 3 weeks ago and it has been a roller coaster since then.  The shattered screen was replaced, only to have seemingly set off a domino effect.  First Siri would no longer chat with me.  The mic/camera was then replaced.  The new screen then glitched and blinked every time I touched it.  The latest screen {Yes!  That would be screen #3} worked for 2 hours.  Two beautiful hours.  Currently my phone works {most of the time} except for the bottom left corner.  Why is this important you ask?  Well, that is the corner for the number shift command -including punctuation and symbols on your keyboard.  That I am almost willing to live with, since I can still use voice command to insert those characters.  It is also where most ‘home’ commands are in most apps.  Also annoying!

However, I am mostly sad about the emojis.  Those darling little characters that make me smile every day!  Sometimes one emoji can replace words altogether.

So my big decision is whether or not to send my phone to CA to be repaired.  My gut says to just live with it.  And then I wonder….Can I live without emojis?


1.  Don’t check Instagram while on a walk.

2.  Buy AppleCare

3.  Take your shattered phone to the Apple store no matter what!

**In all honesty, it is just a phone.  It is miniscule on the scale of real problems.  It is just such a damn hassle.


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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Pepper Ink Tattoos

I celebrated my 4oth birthday this summer and wanted to share with you one of my favorite details!  A year ago, I wore a temporary tattoo to Aaron’s birthday party with his name on it.  He thought is was fun and I thought I was bad ass-and so began my obsession!  For my birthday party, I ordered temporary tattoos for my girlfriends from Pepper Ink.  I couldn’t wait to share my love of ink with my girls!  We all wore feathers on our right arms for the night!  It was such a fun way to kick off a new decade.  Who says forty is middle aged?  We are just hitting our stride!  Hello, Forty.

Pepper Ink Tattoo

Pepper Ink Girls

I found Pepper’s Etsy shop and have been wearing her tattoos off and on for about a year.  The quality of the tattoos are amazing and you can literally not tell they are temporary. I also use the Liquiskin Tattoo Shine Remover, which eliminates the shine of the temporary tattoo-making it look virtually real.  Pepper’s tattoos last well over a week, which is incredible!  I love that I can change my tattoo with my mood, my outfit, or the season.

I am 99.9% sure you will love wearing a temporary tattoo. Even if it is a tiny heart on your wrist.  Give it a try!  Pepper is offering Where is June? readers 25% off any order through her Etsy shop {excluding wedding favors}.  Awesome!  Simply visit her shop, Pepper Ink, and enter the code WHEREISJUNE at checkout.   I promise you will like yourself in a tattoo.  You have nothing to lose! {These would make awesome stocking stuffers, too!  It’s never too early to shop.}

I am going to order the Vintage Flowers and a Tiny Vintage Pack.  What are your favorite designs?

Photos by Elise Marie Photography


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Friday, September 26th, 2014

first day

I went to work yesterday.  For the first time in almost eight years, I got up {early}, showered, got dressed and worked outside of my home. Here’s the bonus:  I made some money!  In a former life I was an elementary school teacher and yesterday I spent my day with delightful third graders.  I was their substitute.  You know what?  It was kinda awesome.  To be honest, I didn’t know if I would like it.  I didn’t really have any expectations.   At my first break I sent a text to Aaron: “So far so good!  Kids are at recess.  It has been a super fun morning.”

For now, I decided to work two days a week.  No need to rush anything and I wasn’t sure how my three boys were going to adjust.  Specifically, the biggest one.  Home is my domain in every sense of the word.  Aaron and I have settled into very traditional roles.  Remember that modern-day house wife thing?  That isn’t just a catchy phrase.  I am the real deal baby!  In a slow release of control, I simply asked Aaron to get the kids school.  He gladly accepted, but shuddered a bit when I told him next week he would also be making lunches.

Wouldn’t you know that on my first day back at work, Little Man would run a fever at school and need to come home.  Par for the course around here.  Through a comedy of errors, the office was unable to reach me {my phone was on silent} or Aaron {he has a new cell number}.  Thankfully a friend on Little Man’s emergency contact list was able to hunt Aaron’s number down, relay it to school, and daddy came to the rescue.  The greatest thing?  This all happened without me.  I didn’t have chance to check my phone until lunch and by then it was all sorted out.  My husband totally rocked it today.  He put his day on hold, took care of his baby boy, and never once needed my help.  Well done, sir.  We’ve got this.

“We are all in this together.”  If you are long time reader, you will know this as my favorite quote.  For the last eight years I have tried to live it.  Parenting is truly the hardest job on earth and we all need help every now and then.  My time at home has afforded me the luxury of not having to juggle schedules, worry about child care or stress about who will pick up my sick child from school.  Lucky for me I have been able to do this for friends from time to time.  Being a supportive friend will continue to be a guiding force in my life.  Although in the weeks to come, I may be the one who needs to ask for a favor.

So, hats off to the girls who run a household, lovingly raise their children and forge amazing careers outside the home.  How about a round of applause for the women who make a home, cherish their kids, volunteer at school, take extras in the carpool, and step up in a time of crisis for a friend?   And can I get an AMEN for all the friends who answer the phone and say, “Yep, no problem.”?

Best thing about working part-time?  I’m back at home today nursing the little one back to health, packing for a big family weekend away, and updating the emergency contacts at the boys’ school.  Love each other today.  We all need it!  xoxo


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