Day 29 – The Good Stuff

I’ve spent a lot of time this past month talking about owning your story as it relates to the hard things…but it’s not ONLY about the hard things.  Absolutely, we have to own our stories but that doesn’t always have to be just the hard part of our stories – sometimes it’s the fun good things.  I’ve shared a couple of times about my two littles.  Could be seen as bad stuff but it’s really some of the best stuff.

Two Littles I went hiking with my two littles today – and hiked we did – lots :)  As soon as we hit the car for the ride back home they were zonked…I’m talking within 2 minutes.

So here’s a good part of my story.  I LOVE to hike – could do it every weekend if my choice of habitat allowed but alas. I have also, rightfully, earned the reputation in my family as the liar – the right to your face liar.  Goes something like this…

Kid – how far we gonna hike mom?

Me – Ummm…I don’t know…kinda far (me thinking 5-7 miles)

Kid – mom – tell me the truth

Me – Ummmm – maybe 4-5 miles – but we’ll see when we get out there

And on and on it goes – but in my defense it doesn’t always start out as a lie – more a stretch – lol.

I’ve gotten my family in a few jams over the years – we’ve been out on the trail for miles and miles with no end in sight, there’s been a couple of hail storms, and I talked James into a 20 mile hike once.  Point is, this is me – I LOVE to hike – and I’m afraid you’ll bail on me if you really knew how far we were going so I fib – and besides, once out on the trail I KNOW you’re gonna love it as much as I do – these will be some of the good stuff stories my children will share and laugh over as they grow older (and have forgiven me). AND today, I passed some of the good stuff on to a new generation.

xoxox – DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.