Wayfaring Bootstraps

Life, Love, Art, Smiles, Music and Photos in the pursuit of happiness…

Traveling Happiness

Happiness is a state of being. So many people are unhappy, of their own volition. I’m happy, fanciful and free. I’m so thankful.


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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far….

Some say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Jason says this girl is beautiful and looks just like her mommy. I graciously accept that compliment. Through good times and bad, I know how lucky I am. And I feel how much love we share.


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Wayfaringbootstraps came from a lovely lady

The name of my blog came from my grandma. She always told me “pick yourself up by your bootstraps and keep moving”. She has always been my strong voice of reason. Raising three boys and a girl on her own, she had great words of wisdom. I miss having her around. My best friend has been gone for quite some time now and it is quite lonesome without her. There are so many times I wish I could talk to her about everything. I know she is always with me but I miss her. I owe so much of my being to this strong and beautiful woman. Honestly, life is hard to understand without her. Today is one of many that I really really don’t understand and I really wish she was here. Cheers to one wonderful and beautiful lady.


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A New Beginning Continued….

Due to a recent comment, I’ve decided to continue blogging about my story. It has been quite a long time since my last entry. Much to catch up on.

My new career has blossomed. I absolutely love my job. The company has an amazing culture. Monthly team activities that show the company wants to create a bond with employees. Employee nominated VIRTUE awards (Vision, Integrity, Respect, Timeliness, Unity and Enthusiasm) that let employees recognize each other for attributes and contributions. We have fantastic health insurance and 401K plans. There is also this amazing and new (to me) concept of Paid Time Off. The people I work with are smart, funny, creative, caring and wonderful human beings. The last year has been tumultuous and rewarding. Life has been cruel and yet very kind. I am leaving out the personal struggles I’ve had in the last year because those will come later.

I am happy to say that leaving my other job, the necessary but unwelcome noose, was the best decision I’ve made, in a long time. I wish the best for my old noose. May the universe keep their children fed and their hearts happy.

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Guitar Tree

Check out this local Phoenician guitar shop! Amazing guitars! The Guitar Tree


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A new beginning

In regards to a prior post about being strangled by my job……

I have quit said job and am now on a week long vacation!!! I am so thrilled and excited!!! For the first time in a while, I feel joy, happiness, peace and love. I start my new job next week and am magnificently excited about it!!! They have great and well deserved expectations of me. I get to do what I do best. There is nothing better in a job experience than being given the opportunity to do what you do best. Amazing feeling! The best part is the company I will be working for is sound, proficient, and ethical! It is nice to be back with the population of breathers. Nice to feel more than anxiety. Nice to have a break!!! Just wanted to fill you in, in case you were wondering. Peace out and love for all!


As the leaf falls….

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

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my necessary but unwelcome noose

The need to have a job and make money is a part of life. We have all had a job we abhor at one point or another in our lives. For one reason or another. The kind of job I am writing about today is the one that feels like it is choking the breath from your soul. I have one of these jobs. You wouldn’t guess it if I told you where I work. It is the very nature of my job that is killing me. Or the nature of what my job has become. I am the office manager for a small company that provides service labor. I started working here just before the economy collapsed. The owner had been living comfortably. He had many jobs on the schedule. Lots of money coming in. The economy then took a dump and so did his business. It wasn’t just the economy, but poor business practices as well. This did not help with doing business in a bad economy. Slowly but surely my job became one of managing the office to somehow balancing the money so that all the owner’s bills and company’s bills were paid. Now since we are not a point of sale business, this made my life very stressful. Never knowing when the money would be coming in. I am at the point where I loathe work. I can’t seem to get away from it. It follows me home, eating at my mind. It follows me to sleep, eating at my soul. It washes away all rays of sunlight. I must get out of this. I must quit. Aye, there’s the rub……..I work for my best friend’s husband. My office is his parent’s extra bedroom. I don’t want to abandon my friend. But staying just might kill me. I so long to be in the mountains. I long to have a job where the company’s bottom line isn’t a noose around my neck.

This blog was supposed to be happy and a tale of my pursuit of happiness. Today’s post is my first negative post. But this too is part of my journey.

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No money, no worries

Yesterday I took a little break and left town. I headed up north to Flagstaff. The weather was beautiful and amazing. These photos were taken later in the day when rain clouds rolled in and showered us with fresh coolness. Earlier in the day it was how it could only be in mountains, away from the big city, clear and cloudy. If you’ve spent any time in the mountains, you know what I am referring to.

Last, is a photo of Charlie with his new toy, a promo item from a local vet. The frisbee is bigger than he is! It was hard to get a decent photo of him with the frisbee. He was tearing through the house whipping that thing around. 🙂

Happy weekend all! Surround yourself in love and happiness!





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Wise words

Words to live and love by.


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