TGIF: Arizona, Here We Come

Happy Friday, readers! How was your week? I alluded to some big things going on over here in my post earlier this week, so here’s the scoop.

It goes back to this April, when Kyle and I took an unexpected trip to Arizona. He had a work conference there, and Boss Michelle gave me a few days off to go tag along. By the end of the 5-day trip – a few peaceful hikes, breathtaking views and farm-to-table restaurants later – we were in love with the place, and we made a declaration: by next April, we’d be living in Arizona.

Well, on July 8th, exactly 3 months after our vacation, we’re moving to Queen Creek, AZ!

Kyle and me in Sedona
“Honey, can we live here?”

I love the thrill of moving somewhere new. The unknowns give me room to imagine, to refresh my belief in the possibilities. New places challenge me to get out of my comfort zone and meet new people, learn new roads (yikes!) and become more independent.

And the best part about Queen Creek? An average of 330 days a year of sunshine. Can’t beat that.

The other best part? The opportunity to grow with Kyle. This move reinforces my gratitude for being fortunate enough to find the right person to spend my life with. Kyle and I are wildly different on many accounts, but similar in values. Like me, he doesn’t like getting too comfortable. He doesn’t like just talking about what he wants – he does everything he can to make it happen.

Kyle in Arizona

Our good 81-year-old friend Ed was shocked when – only a week after Kyle told him he was looking for a job in Arizona – I told him our house sold and we had a moving date. “Boy, you two don’t mess around do you?” he said. “When he says something, he’s pretty serious about it, isn’t he?”

That’s Kyle. When he gets a taste of something that he wants, he makes it happen. I love him for it.

Kyle at the Grand Canyon
He’s already schemin’…

So, with selling the house, selling lots of furniture and trying to get our one car Arizona-ready, every Friday is truly a TGIF. If you’re new to the blog, TGIFs are my Friday reflections where I share my highlights and learning lessons of the week and ask you to do the same.

Incredibly exciting times also bring me lots of physical stress and heightened emotions, and I’m a bit of a roller-coaster right now. Sharing these TGIF reflections help ground me. Whatever you may have going on – whether times are good or bad – reflecting is a powerful thing. Whether it’s in a journal or a blog post comment, getting your realizations out in words instantly relieves some pressure, creates mental space, and let’s be honest – it warms your heart!

Here’s how they work:

  • T – Truth: Tell me something you learned about yourself this week.
  • G – Growth: Describe one way in which you grew this week, whether it’s in the direction of a goal or something unexpected.
  • I – Inspiration: List one thing that inspired you this week.
  • F – Fun: Talk about what you did to have FUN this week!

I’ll start us off….


Sometimes I’m too easy on myself. I make excuses and give up too easily. I could actually be working a lot harder, and I’m sure as heck going to have to in order to reach my goals. I’m finally embracing that Beast Mode thing!


I went way out of my comfort zone and sent a video pitch for a writing job…and…it worked! I started working for a wonderful new client in my freelance writing business. I’ve been scared to death of video since I started working online, but doing things that scare me always seems to pay off.


The School of Greatness podcast makes the TGIF once again – it’s just so good! Last week’s interview with Grant Cardone – which you can find here – especially inspired me to get out of my laziness and turn on the Beast Mode switch. My big takeaway? Cardone touched on how selfish it is to not do the work. I have to admit I’ve been a little lazy this month by sleeping in for an extra hour and skipping blog time to go to yoga – but this dude helped me see that I’m actually being selfish by not putting in the work, by not putting the words out there that I believe people need to hear (read), by not sharing the things I’ve learned that have helped me through some dark times.

Check out the episode here. What work are you holding back on that can be extremely valuable to someone else?


With leaving soon, we’re spending as much time with friends and family as possible. Last weekend was perfect – we met our baby nephew, Noah, and both our families were all together for a cookout. Then my group of friends from high school all happened to be in town on the same night, which rarely happens unless we decide to have a wedding.

My little nephew

And this week, we got together with our good friends Amy and Sam, I had my last girls’ night with the Des Moines gang, and we played our last softball game. We’re having more fun than we can handle!

Every moment in these last two weeks is packed with Des Moines’ awesomeness. While Arizona is definitely bringing the heat in terms of sunshine and, well…heat, we are going to miss this charming Midwest city. Des Moines is an amazing place to live and will always have a special place in my heart.

For now, it’s time to see what Arizona has in store for me. Or, as I feel Kyle would correct me, what we have in store for Arizona 🙂

Your turn! How was your week? Share your TGIF in the comment section! And have the most wonderful weekend!

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  • Congratulations Michelle! I’m so excited for you guys. My husband is similar to yours and we’re starting to itch for the same kind of big life change. Your story inspires me to keep the hope alive and do what I can to be open to a change. I really feel you on the up and down. Reflection really helps me too, I recently started my blog and it’s really helping ground me in a difficult season.
    I love how specific your TGIF is. Okay, here’s my week
    T – Now that my kids are home from school for the summer, I need to plan me-time into my week, where I get an hr without people.
    G – I practiced being more aware and patient with my boys – teaching them to be intentional about choosing an activity, enjoying it and then cleaning up after it before moving on. And I wrote a blog post on schedule one evening when I didn’t have a back up to just stick in, but did have a draft to finish. I’m working on finishing what I start and doing what I say I will. I think I’m developing the character I want my boys to have, which I need in order to teach them and need to do because kids model even more than they listen.
    I – For inspiration I’m going to pick your story! I love that you all are living your values, together, and that you found what called to you and went for it.
    F – I’ve enjoyed reading and playing board games with my boys now that they are home for the summer and my husband and I are taking our 4 boys under 7 camping this weekend at the lake. I’m excited to get away from the house and into nature.

    • Hi Alicia, thanks for sharing your TGIF! Glad to hear you’re enjoying reflection with your own blog, which is beautiful by the way! Very nice site, I’m excited to dig around and check it out. And thank you for all the nice comments!

      PS – don’t be afraid to scratch that itch for change, it keeps life fun 🙂

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