Visiting A Botanical Garden in Fort Collins, CO

As you may know, I’m a sucker for flowers, nature and gardens of all types. The older I get, the more I realize this is true and seem to embrace it.

For instance, last night I was stressed and tryin to avoid a panic attack. My solution was to take a walk on the nature trail here in the park.

When I started walking, I was wishing I had a friend who’d take my call after 10 pm. By four minutes in, I was filled with gratitude, pure and simple, for my surroundings. It was almost an immediate fix. Telling, right?

So Thursday morning, I made a trip to the City of Fort Collins’ botanical garden. They suggest a donation of $5 for admission, although that felt a little steep to me today. (By next year, that would be a steal, once the construction and expansion are complete.)

I could tell you stories about their outdoor kitchen and Garden of Eaten, and rave about the colors and flowers I saw. But instead, I will just share some photos, so you can enjoy too. Thanks for stopping by! Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureGardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie Adventure

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Knowing When To Say No

I’ve been struggling recently with knowing when to say no. When do we say no to a job opportunity? A networking opportunity? A discount for a thing we wouldn’t have done otherwise?

I’ve been spending a lot of time working on articulating what is essential and what is flexible in my life. The answers are constantly evolving. What does it take for us to settle down? Is there a perfect job? A perfect location? When does it get close enough to perfect that the difference isn’t of much consequence?

We are truly in love with Colorado. Yesterday we visited Greeley and Windsor; two more great communities in the corridor that we could envision ourselves living in.

And yet, we are nowhere near being able to afford a house here. Is that okay? Will we ever buy a house? Is living in an RV (or maybe a pet-friendly apartment) and renting a small studio space good enough? And if so, how long will that be true?

There are more questions with every answer. For now, we’ll keep the faith and do the work and trust that if we build it, they will come, whether they are clients or job opportunities or a clear next step or location.

Five Coffee Shops Worth A Visit

When you’re traveling the country in an RV, you don’t necessarily need to stop at coffee shops for a latte or an espresso. But it’s a fun way to discover the local scene, and we’ve really enjoyed visiting cafes across the country.

I recently wrote a blog on this subject for Outdoorsy. Enjoy reading about five coffee shops worth a visit across the U.S.!

We’re looking for contacts for the upcoming fall and winter. Whether you know someone at a school, library, senior center, cafe or other live music venue or anywhere else that might enjoy a workshop or some live music, please let us know! We’re currently seeking connections in Raleigh, N.C. (and nearby), Washington D.C. (and the surrounding area), northern New England and the Boston area, New Mexico and Austin, TX. Thanks in advance for any leads you can provide!

 

Live Updates and Live Music

Life! What an incredible gift this life is. Every day I am so thankful for all of the incredible blessings in my life, from our family and friends, to able bodies and minds, to passions and skills and privilege and the courage and freedom to pursue our dreams and use our gifts as we do.

This week, I’ve had tons of thoughts running through my head. I’m happy to be taking a lot of time to myself today and yesterday, because it’s really been a roller coaster. In addition to working at the recreation center, I was given the task of hiring new employees, and that has easily added at least five hours a week as long as significantly more responsibility into my schedule. On top of that, I’ve applied for a couple of jobs, written my weekly blogs, taught music lessons (Conducting is now in my repertoire) and provided social media work for my clients, and Ross has started editing another podcast in addition to his existing work for other clients and ourselves. We are busy! But I’m so thankful that we have so many income streams, and we’re steadily chipping away at saving money and paying off debt acquired in the leaner times.

We’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming year, and we’ve got some great goals that we are working towards. Our major goal is achieving financial independence, so that we have enough work employed online that anything extra, like music gigs or workcamping or a local part-time job, wouldn’t be needed, and if we took it, it would just be gravy. We’re lining up wonderful opportunities in New Hampshire this fall. I’ll be directing a reading of a new musical. Ross will be recording a demo CD for the musical. We’ll be performing, of course. And we’ll be teaching a (free!) ukulele class for older adults in both Lebanon and Haverhill, NH.

We’ve got some additional goals for ourselves. We are planning to get enough work while we’re in NH to keep us afloat this winter, which would in turn give us more time to build up our businesses and even build a few sources of passive income through a few projects we’ve got up our sleeves. We’re hoping to book some work in the D.C. area as well as Raleigh in early December, which would finance both a mini-vacation in D.C. and a visit to see family before we head back out west.

We’ll be in the Southwest for the winter (seeking any and all gigs or shorter-term workcamping arrangements in New Mexico and Tucson, AZ), and in April we’ll be in Austin, TX. By June, we’ll be in northern New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM.

We’ve got big hopes and dreams, and we’re still figuring out how to finance it all. We pursue great opportunities and trust the universe to lead us. And thank you to all of our friends, family and followers who reach out to us with opportunities and suggestions. Your help is greatly appreciated.

I’ve spent yesterday and today decompressing, and I took a fantastic six mile walk yesterday across Fort Collins, including some of the gorgeous Poudre Trail. Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureWe also performed at an open jam at Scrumpy’s (our favorite cider bar), Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie Adventureenjoyed watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor? at the Lyric Theatre (with delicious gluten-free eats) and finally visited one of the Fort Collins libraries (best wifi we’ve found in Colorado so far). Fort Collins, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureSometimes you need to really take a break, and I’m so thankful I forced myself to disconnect yesterday.

Thanks for reading, and if you haven’t read it yet, you might enjoy this blog on how to find live music while you’re on vacation. I hope you’re enjoying your summer, wherever you are.

A Guide To A Day In Boulder, CO

It’s bizarre that we’ve breezed through more than half of our time in Colorado already! We still have tons of stuff to do (both needs and wants), but I’m so delighted that we’ve been able to accomplish as much as we have.

I was afraid we wouldn’t get too much time in Boulder while we’re here, but it seems like we’ll have at least another day trip or two while we’re here. And that’s great, because Boulder is fabulous!

If you’re planning a visit to Boulder, why not start out with my day trip how-to, written for Outdoorsy?

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

Spins on S’mores and more!

We’ve been truly enjoying our time in Colorado. We keep falling deeper and deeper in love, to be honest. But it’s not all fun and games out here. We’re both working full-time jobs and also continuing our variety of remote work to make a solid income.

We’re continuing to actively book work for the fall and winter too. We’ll be in New Hampshire in October and November, and in the Southwest (mostly southern New Mexico and hopefully Tucson) beginning in December. We’re also looking for work in Austin and en route from there to Austin in March, April or May. Let us know if you have any leads or ideas for venues!

My latest blog for Outdoorsy explored five tasty variations on a classic s’more. Enjoy, and have one for me!

A New Podcast And Campground Savings!

Hi everyone! I have a few exciting updates for you this week. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week. We’ve been very busy here in Fort Collins.

Our first big announcement (not news if you’ve followed us on Facebook) is that Ross and I have a new podcast! It’s called Finishing The Season, and it’s a comedy podcast where Ross poses a musical theater challenge and Jamie has to create a season of theater that solves the puzzle. The podcast combines funny banter with musical theater history and anecdotes. Please give it a listen, and if you enjoy it, the best compliment you can give is to subscribe and review our show in iTunes!

Recent episodes have seen Jamie creating seasons for when no men audition, for a season of jukebox musicals, a season featuring Chip Zien and a season of shows from “across the pond”, aka the West End in London. Let us know what you think!

Our other announcement is for those of you who like to camp. Passport America is the best camping membership program out there. For barely the cost of one or two nights of camping, you can pay half price on campground fees for an entire year at campgrounds across the country. We saved big with our membership as we traveled from Florida to Colorado this year (literally hundreds of dollars), and every park that we stayed at was very nice. Some even included great wifi!

If you’re not a member yet, but you’ve got plans to camp this summer. I highly suggest a membership now, using this limited time offer. It includes the following things in addition to your 50% off savings:

  • All new International Camping Directory with over 1,800 RV Parks and Campgrounds
  • Personalized embossed 50% discount camping card
  • FREE trip routing, campground updates & valuable info on-line 24/7
  • FREE Smart Phone App with complete park listings and “Find Park Near Me” feature
  • FREE RV America E-Magazine with updates on new parks
  • A friendly and professional staff who is always happy to serve you!

We’ve found the app works well, and if there aren’t any reviews of the campground in the app, it’s easy to find some on Google instead. You’re probably wondering what the catch is, right? The catch is that each park sets their own limitations on when you can use the card. Some parks let you use it indefinitely. Others will say, for instance, Monday – Thursday nights only, or two nights maximum. Occasionally a park will say you can’t use their wifi if you pay the P.A. rate. But this is the absolute perfect program for finding campgrounds on route to your destination. You’ll have options across the country, and it pays for itself within a couple of nights of camping.

If you sign up with my link, we’ll get a little bit of cash and we’ll both get an extension on our membership. So this is a great way to support us and help yourself too!

Sign up here to take advantage of their summer special, good through June 30th, and each of us will get an extra four months of membership! So you’ll get 16 months for the cost of 12! Be sure to mention Jamie Feinberg, 724347, so that both of us will get our extra months.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful week!

A Guide to Gluten-Free RVing

As most of you know, I’ve been gluten-free for almost two years now. It’s made a profound difference in my auto-immune challenges. But it’s taken me a long time to feel like I’m not missing out eating the way I do.

Recognizing the extra challenge in this, I wrote an article on gluten-free RVing for Outdoorsy this month. Give it a read and let me know what you think!