Ben and Susie at the Venetian

Life in the Clouds – (more) Weddings, (more) Vegas, Celebrations, and Learning to BREATHE

Hey Dreamers! Happy July! Once again, two weeks have flown by in between Life in the Clouds posts. Where is this summer going? And how can we make it slow down? We’re kind of stuck between feeling like we’ve done a million things, and like we’ve barely done anything. Does anyone else feel like that?

We’ve been putting so many hours into our blog and the Nutrition Mission YouTube channel. It’s INSANE how many things there are to learn between the two. I mean, you can effortlessly spiral down a rabbit hole of learning how to edit posts and videos and not realize that 7 hours have gone by. Maybe that’s part of the reason why our days are going so quickly!

In the end though, we’re both so thankful that we have each other to lean on. There are so many moments where you sit in front of your computer and pour your heart and soul into these projects that you’re passionate about. And then that creeping voice comes along whispering, “what are you DOING? Who is actually going to SEE this? Do you ACTUALLY think you’ll be successful?!”.

Self doubt friends, is a real bitch. And so is social media. Where everyone ‘has it made’. The already established travel bloggers and health channel owners skip around living their fabulous lives, while we are holding fast to our DREAMS.

Ben cuddling Bella

But when those thoughts come a creepin’ we’re here to remind each other that YES, you can do this, and YES, I believe in you.

And you know what? Screw self-doubt. Because we freaking LOVE each other, and we LOVE what we do. We believe in what we do. And we truly believe that we’ve been guided in this direction to reach people like ourselves, and encourage both them and OURSELVES to strive for something more. Not to mention we’re overflowing with gratitude about the fact we even get a chance to live this life.

Alrighty, now that THAT rant is over (totally unplanned), here’s what’s been happening up in the clouds.

One of the biggest events in the month of June was the celebration of Sue’s dad’s 70th birthday. 70 YEARS people! Not only that, but he’s a total badass who is still living and loving life in the biggest way possible. I mean, the guy is a professional race car driver. As his hobby. Talk about #lifegoals.

We celebrated by renting out an incredible local Pizzeria, and about 50 of his closest friends and family came for an all you can eat and drink bonanza. It was an amazing. Endless wine, cheesy apps, pizza, and desserts. Along with a big dose of family love. It was the perfect night.

Ben Sue Nick and Tizzy at the 70th Birthday Party

Especially since my big brother and his girlfriend flew in from Italy to join us. They’re such a fun couple to be around!

Ben and Susie at Pizzeria

And for those of you who think all we do is pull two-a-days and eat salad, I think we drank our weight in red wine, and put down about 5 pizzas. Ben legit dropped our box of leftover cupcakes in the middle of the road while walking home (talk about complete devastation) and I may have been offering strangers said dropped cupcakes. Hot mess, coming through. While we paid for this in full the next day, it was so worth it.

Ben and Susie at the wedding

Before the party, we attended a friends wedding. They got married in a beautiful ceremony in the Catholic church. While there was a minor snafu involving communion crackers, all in all, it was just great to see two people so in love, and ready to spend the rest of their lives together.

The week before the party, we decided to book a last minute trip to Vegas. We’ve learned how to do Vegas pretty cheap, and figured this would be the last week we had available in the summer if we wanted to get out there.

We woke up EARLY (3am early) to catch a 5:30am flight. Neither of us function at our finest this early in the morning. There’s lots of crabby, hangry grumbling, and total meltdowns when we see that there’s a gigantic security line in spite of the 6am check in. It’s neither pretty, nor graceful, but we’re practicing.

Despite the total exhaustion and lingering hangover (hey, we need a minimum 2-3 days to recover these days), when we got there (we stayed at The Venetian) it was like home sweet home. Since we’ve been working so hard lately and got slightly derailed from the 70th celebration festivities, we actually ended up not drinking at all the 3 nights we were there. And it was FABULOUS.

It was so nice to not wake up hung over, and just enjoy relaxing by the pool, eating, and playing poker every day. We hit up our usual favorite food spots of Eggslut and Hexx a few times, and also tried YardBird.

We highly recommend this to anyone who likes fried chicken or Southern cooking. While we don’t eat chicken, the amazing salads and sides of mac and cheese and mashed potatoes were MORE than enough (and yes, we did side eye the fried chicken at the table next to us, sorry for being creepy).

Ben and Susie at the Venetian

The Venetian has about 7 pools, and there’s one that will suit any needs. The Tao beach club is the party scene, the big pools are your typical hotel hang outs, and then there are smaller, more intimate pools if you’re looking for something quieter.

We also fell in love with the Acai bowls at Juice Farm. This is the first time we’d delved into the Acai bowl trend (we know, we’re SO behind), and we hate to admit it, but they were SO GOOD. We had the protein bowls, which were full of nuts and seeds. The perfect way to start a day.

 

The Venetian also has an AMAZING gym. We’ve been to Vegas hotels that have gyms resembling a closet, but this one was hugely spacious, had multiple rooms, and all the equipment you could possibly need. We worked out almost every day, and left wishing it was our home gym.

After 3 nights, we were sad to go, but as always, so excited to see our fur baby. Getting home was a bit of a fiasco, as we were flying stand by and almost didn’t get on the plane. When flying standby works, it’s great. When it doesn’t, it’s a freaking disaster.

We were scrambling to figure out what we’d do for the 12 hours we’d have to wait until the next flight at 6am. Our grand plan? Ben plays poker all night and I… hide under a table? Yeah… We didn’t get too far.

Thank goodness some people didn’t show up for their flight, and we made it on. By this point we were over the junk food, so we opted for some healthy plane snacks. The pistachios were the perfect choice, and the honey roasted chickpeas satisfied our sweet cravings.

We got in late, and Bella was NOT pleased with us, but we were home.

Now we’re gearing up for a July that is PACKED with events. We’re leaving for Europe soon, but before that, we’re fitting in two shows, a wedding, and possibly a camping trip. Oh, and we’ll be fitting in our usual work on the blog and channel, and as many two-a-days as we can in anticipation of the carb fest that’s about to go down.

How is it that having so much fun stuff on the horizon can be so stressful? How insanely bratty and ungrateful does that sound?! No no no, we are so beyond thankful for getting to do all of these things. But I think we’re also anxious about the fact that once it’s all done, the school year will be starting again, and we’ll have to readjust our lives for 9 more months.

It’s a LOT. It’s a lot to chase your dreams but also balance that with, you know, buying food to live. The biggest solution we’ve found to this ever mounting level of anxiety? Learning to just BREATHE. Taking yoga together regularly has been one of the best things we’ve ever done for ourselves.

While the gained strength and flexibility it obviously a huge plus, the way that it has taught us to slow down, chill out, and reflect on all that we’re grateful for has been an even bigger bonus.

Learning to breathe has allowed us to realize that 1. most of the ‘problems’ we think we have are actually gifts in disguise, 2. the big things we obsess about are tiny, insurmountable issues in the long run, and 3. as long as we stay focused on what’s important (each other and our loved ones), things will work themselves out.

This all sounds so very cliche, but maybe there’s a reason for that. Maybe there’s a reason that so many people keep repeating these same things over and over again.

So while we dive headfirst into these new and exciting journeys, we’ll still be stopping regularly to just sit, look at where we are, appreciate life, and BREATHE.

Until next time dreamers.

18 Comments

  • Veronica Lucy

    July 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Wow wonderful post, love it! β™₯
    Maybe follow for follow? πŸ™‚

    veronicalucy.blogspot.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Veronica! And of course! Your blog looks great πŸ™‚ .

  • Kris

    July 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I loved looking at all the photos! You two are adorable, the food looks super yummy and I love the Venetian!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx, Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Kris! Isn’t the Venetian the best?! And we’re at the point where we’d rather just eat our way through Vegas rather than drink haha.
      Much love!

  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    July 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    you guys are absolutely killing it!!! social media is so tough because it’s super easy to fall into the comparison trap, but i think the best advice i’ve heard is to just stay in your own lane! know that you’re working hard on something you love, and that means everything. love reading your blog and am excited to see what you guys do in the future!!!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 7, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      THANK YOU Jordan! Your encouragement honestly means so much to us. And that saying is so true – can’t worry about what others are doing, just have to stay focused on our own goals!
      We love your blog as well, and it inspires us to keep going!

  • Joyce

    July 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    What a full two weeks! And I absolutely admire you both for going for your dreams, I wish you guys the best!! I love your Venetian pics too, that’s the hotel I would love to stay at someday!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    1. Kamehameha23

      July 11, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you Joyce! That means a lot to us. And you should DEFINITELY stay at the Venetian, it’s one of our favorites in Vegas!

  • Heidi Kokborg

    July 12, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post. It resonates SO much with me. Fear and anxiety can sometimes be very overwhelming and it’s so easy to just let it take over. I also look at other bloggers, instagrammers, health coaches, yoga teachers etc. and wonder if I will ever get anywhere near them? And is anyone even reading what I’m writing? Does anyone care? Should I just be normal and settle for a regular 9-5 job? But I just can’t. I’d honestly rather fail miserably chasing my dreams than being so afraid of failing that I don’t chase them at all. I want to spend my life listening to my inner guide, follow my heart and chase my dreams. Even if no one if reading or no one cares. It just brings me so much more happiness and joy!

    I need to check out you YouTube channel – that is so cool you have one!
    Btw – you cat is so cute! I just want to hug her πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Heidi, we LOVED this message. It’s so refreshing to hear that other people are having similar thoughts as us, and to hear that honesty.
      And we agree, while a regular paycheck is tempting, TIME is something we’ll never get back, and we want to spend that time doing things that we LOVE!
      So keep doing what you’re doing and chasing your dreams, WE believe in you! No matter how long it takes any of us πŸ™‚ we’ll get there.
      And thanks, we think she’s just about the cutest thing we’ve ever seen!

  • Jordan

    July 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    This looked like a fun little adventure!!
    I really admire how hard you are working to pursue your dreams. I am trying to just get my foot in the door and it seems so hard at times, in the back of my head, there is a voice saying “when are you going to give up already?” but I won’t give up. This fight has just begun, so I am excited to see where this might take me in the future!

    I love your cat btw πŸ™‚

    x Jordan

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks Jordan! And we struggle with those same voices, ALL the time. We just have to remember that WE choose the lives we live, and you honestly can put a price on being happy and free. Keep pushing forward, we believe in you!
      And thank you – we kind of adore her :).

  • Shannen

    August 4, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Sounds like a crazy trip. I just discovered your blog and I love it so far! I’m looking forward to more posts! (:

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      August 5, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Shannen! We just got back from three weeks in Italy, so we’ll have lots more to share in the coming weeks!

      We also love your blog too!

  • Katie

    August 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Love this post! It’s so fun. It looks like you guys had a great time πŸ™‚ Also, you’re gorgeous!
    Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      August 9, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Awww thank you Katie! Ditto :). And it was all so much fun! We had such a wonderful and busy summer!

  • Emily

    August 16, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Vegas is always a great time! Glad you enjoyed your trip.
    Isn’t That Charming.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      August 17, 2017 at 3:11 am

      It really is, we can’t wait until our next trip there. We’re going now more and more for the food haha.

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