Meet Eleanor

If you have been a loyal follower of mine for awhile, you may have noticed that I travel often and that I live for road trips. Any chance that I can stay in an Airbnb, I typically stay in an Airstream or travel trailer because I have an obsession with them.

I’ve had an obsession with them for as long as I can remember and I knew from a young age that someday I would have my very own.

After years of dreaming of a camper, months of research and endless YouTube videos and blogs, I searched through Craigslist and found a listing for a 1978 Trillium 4500 camper nearby. The listing included these pictures:

I was already enamoured with this old gem but decided to pray about it and speak with my parents before taking the next step. With my parents approval, I sent an e-mail to the sweet older couple who happened to be selling it and asked to go see it that weekend.

When I first walked inside, I instantly fell in love. I knew I had to her.

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I made an offer and they accepted! On November 15th, she was delivered and I became an official camper owner! I named her Eleanor. She may be old and little but she’s mine.

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I am so proud to be part of this amazing camper community now and I cannot wait until I hit the road with Eleanor. Of course, I still have to decide where our first road trip destination will be but I am so excited!

Today marks one month that Eleanor has been in my life and little by little I am making her my own. I have a few ideas and projects in mind before I take her on her first big road trip and if you would like to follow along be sure to follow here for more updates.

Happy camping everyone!

– R. Vargas

 

Shulammitegirl Snaps: October

During the month of October I:

  • Went to a family owned pumpkin patch where I went through a corn maze, went on a hayride and fed cows & donkeys.
  • Surprised my significant other to a Swing Dance class.
  • Celebrated my third year of running my blog.
  • Welcomed a guest from California who has now become a part of my family.

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas

Shulammitegirl Snaps: November 

During the month of November I:

  • Saw Adele perform live! (Honestly a dream come true.) 
  • Volunteered for an Epilepsy Support Group at work. (I helped the children with arts and crafts.) 
  • Reinstated Dairy Queen Dates with my mother.
  • Finally made the move to join a gym. (Post regarding my health, gym membership, and weight will come soon.) 

What did you do/accomplish this month?

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

Shulammitegirl Snaps: August 

During the month of August, I:

  • Felt bittersweet to see my nephew and the baby of our family enter his first year of school.
  • Finally made a public dedication of my life to Jehovah.
  • Saw Coldplay live which was a dream come true.
  • Had the privilege to help attend a credit card machine the day after I got baptized with my bible teacher at our convention.

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas

On where I’ve been….

When I originally started my WordPress Blog, I was posting every single week.
Always eager to share my latest recipe, favorite quotes, or adventure of the day, I always wanted to document every single thing I did that I found interesting.

You may have noticed that I don’t post nearly as much as I used to.
Maybe twice a month if that but I know I have been neglecting this blog and I am now ready to let you know why.
It’s not because I’ve been too busy although I have been busy, it’s not because I forget and it’s not because I’m too lazy to update you all, but this time last year, I had some major changes in my life that set me back quite a bit.
Emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually.
I hate to admit it but I found myself in a depression that I couldn’t seem to get out of.
Despite my happy appearance on the outside, I was so miserable on the inside.
I kept trying to keep myself busy in different things, to help ease my mind.
To cope as best as I could but nothing seemed to work.
I don’t think I have ever cried so much in my entire life but the severity of everything that was going on was too much to go through alone.
I felt so defeated and helpless.

I stopped going out and enjoying things that I once did.
I no longer laughed hysterically as I once did at certain things.
I didn’t care to dress up or groom myself like I normally do.
I lost my confidence in several things.
From gardening, to baking, and obviously blogging.
I just felt myself losing it.

I prayed more than I ever have in my entire life.
I meditated on every scripture I could find in the bible regarding courage and strength.
I relied solely on Jehovah knowing that he was the only one who could understand me, who could console me, who could protect me, and who could guide me.

April 14th, 2015 will forever be a day that I remember and since that day, it has strengthened my relationship with Jehovah, my mother, my bible teacher, and my best friend.

Jehovah’s love and mercy showed me what loyal love truly is.
My mothers love and support was shown to me in a way that it never has been shown before.
My bible teachers love and wisdom has shown me how important it is to put Jehovah first in all matters.
My best friends love and patience has shown me that I am strong enough to push through this year and not look back.

2015 was full of lessons, but above all I learned the importance of love.

The other day I found myself singing out loud in my car to some old country music.
Something so trivial I know but I can’t remember the last time I was so happy and content that I was singing out loud in my car at the top of my lungs.

A year later and I am starting to feel like myself again.
Little by little.
Step by step.

Thanks to Jehovah, I am feeling like myself again.

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

On Being Appreciative

“You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.”

We hear it over and over.
We even read it from time to time.
Seldom do we actually meditate on it.

Over the past week I’ve realized how selfish I’ve been when it comes to certain friendships.

I’ve overlooked so much and taken so many little things for granted.
So much has been given and provided for me but I haven’t appreciated them or even acknowledged how precious they are until now that I don’t have them anymore.

I have come to realize that no one needs to check up on me, to see how I’m doing. No one needs to ask  how I  am feeling or how my day went. No one has to call to hear my voice and try to make me laugh and no one has to send me pictures of something that they saw and thought of me.
Friends like that, people like that, they do it out of the kindness of their heart.

For anyone who reads this and feels like I am talking about you, yes I am.
I apologize for the way I have been acting and for how I have acted.

While I am making adjustments and trying to work on being a better friend now, I am also learning to appreciate the type of friendships I have.

With every friend, comes a different form of friendship.
Some friends are temporary.
Some friends are trustworthy.
Some friends are respectful.
Some friends are reckless.

Which friend are you?

“Look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:4