Sunshine and smiles :)

Well that’s a cheesy title if I ever saw one. That is how I feel about yesterday though! The day started out terrible. My phone is broken, I woke up late, my stomach has been hurting like crazy, and I’ve just been super stressed. I spent my entire day with children yesterday, from 8am-8pm and they managed to make me smile for about 100% of that time. Once the sun came out and we were able to play outside all afternoon, the day got even better. It really reminded me to cherish the little things in life and to try to remember to live each day as big as I can, even if I’m not currently as content as I would like to be. I was reminded of that little fact in an e-mail from a super special lady earlier this week; so thank you love Smile

I actually got a lot of little things accomplished that I had been meaning to get done. Ya’ll probably think I’m weird from getting a kick out of joy from making a 5 minute phone call that I had been putting off, but I really just do.

I also get a big burst of happiness from finishing the scrapbook I’m going to send to Ellen full of pictures and reasons I should work for her. I’m mailing it out today and am going to pray for the best! The girls I nanny helped me make it super cute (or super tacky, take your pick) and glittery. In their eyes, there’s no other way to do things.

Since I’ve been talking a lot lately about things I dislike about Michigan, I want to share some of the things that make me really happy here:

  • I know this place like the back of my hand, since I’ve lived here for 21 years. “Seek alternate route” construction signs don’t stand a chance with me.
  • We get some really awesome thunder/lightning storms, which make me much happier than a sunny day does for some odd reason. They’re especially the best if I have wine and a good book.
  • This can also be a bad thing, but almost every time I go out in public I run into someone I know.
  • It’s an extremely safe area.
  • My room is the bomb. It is super organized and super cute (thanks to momma) and is just such a sacred place for me to chill in. I love leaving the windows open all night in the summer and waking up to the sun coming up. Wonderful.
  • I have become involved with some amazing families with some even more amazing children. I don’t think I would ever be able to find sweeter kids than the ones I babysit for. I just love them all. In total, I watch 9 kids on a regular basis!
  • My gym is sweet and has the best people. My yoga studio is my favorite.
  • It’s really easy to drive an hour in any direction and find a cool city or small little town with random things to do and see. Like if you go one hour south you’re in Detroit and can go to the casino and drink and have a blast. If you drive one hour west you’re in Frankenmuth and it’s a super tiny touristy Bavarian town with tacky sight-seeing, yet weirdly fun.
  • People wave when you pass them in their cars.
  • I have a really good doctor, dentist, massage therapist, etc. I am bad at getting to know new people to help me out with these things!

There really are a lot of positives about living in Michigan, but like I said in my previous post, I just need something more. I am so glad that I was reminded to make the best out of the situation for the time being though. That’s really important. Everyone that I have talked to about this has encouraged me to follow my heart. I have talked to a lot of women older than me about it (because I’m a nanny and am around real moms all the time) and every single person has said that their one regret in life has been not getting out and experiencing more. I will not let that happen to me. If my dream is to move to California and work for Ellen, why would I not go for that? It’s totally do-able if I quit spending my time watching cat videos on YouTube and put that time towards actually applying myself to something productive.

For the time being, I’m going to focus on spending time with friends and family and enjoying myself. Sure, I know deep down this isn’t what I want, but that doesn’t mean I need to have a bad attitude about it. Life goes on and the only thing we can’t get back is time, so I’m sure as hell not going to waste it.

What is one great thing about the place you live?


  1. Happy thoughts your way with the Ellen book!! I love your outlook on just enjoying things right now but working your butt off to make your dreams a reality!
    I do like MN because we get fall, my favorite season. Also it is a safe place to live but my heart is en route to Cali.

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thanks Taylor! I’m definitely trying to think positively about things for the time being. I totally expect you to join me in Cali when you’re done with school :p Add me on facebook if you want & we can chat more! I think my link is allison.hayes.37 or my name is Allison Hayes on there :)

  2. I love that you mentioned all of the things that you love about Michigan but are brave enough to realize that you want more! I am so excited for everything that’s coming your way!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thanks Brooke! Now just fingers crossed that everything will work out eventually. I know it takes time, but I need to learn to get some patience forsure.

  3. Some of the things I love about Lexington are the beautiful horse farms. Long runs and drives are so pretty around the area!

  4. I love this girl!! Focusing on the positives where you are right now always puts me in a better mood :) i love pittsburgh because it’s a city with a small town feel, lots to do, awesome food to check out, beautiful running trails, and almost everyone i love within an hour driving distance :)

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      I still definitely need to check out Pittsburgh. I think you’re trying to sell me on it :p haha

  5. Ugh… there is nothing good about Minnesota, especially with the foot of snow that we are getting right now AT THE END OF APRIL!!! Really though, the only thing I can think that is great about this state is how healthy and active the people are. If it weren’t for that, I’d be seriously depressed. I’ll post a positive comment on your next blog post, I promise, haha! :)

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