What’s your Enneagram Type?

I became truly interested in what the Enneagram was a few years ago. I had never heard of it before but at a family reunion my cousin was reading The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery and she shared her journey with me. It took me a while but I finally read the book myself and it was incredibly eye opening. So much so, that when I started struggling with myself again this year its the first book I picked up I started reading it again.

The Enneagram is a personality typing system based on “a modern synthesis of a number of ancient wisdom traditions”. (The Enneagram Institute) It is a truly comprehensive tool that provides so much insight to understanding yourself and those around you.

The Enneagram consists of 9 personality types:

Type One is principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic.
Type Two is generous, demonstrative, people-pleasing, and possessive.
Type Three is adaptable, excelling, driven, and image-conscious.
Type Four is expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental.
Type Five is perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated.
Type Six is engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.
Type Seven is spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive, and scattered.
Type Eight is self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational.
Type Nine is receptive, reassuring, complacent, and resigned.
(The Enneagram Institute)

It is so much more than your typical personality test and truly uncovers sub-conscious behavior patterns and what motivates us to act in certain ways. It is an amazing self-development tool and key to self-discovery journey.

Just based on the description and what I know about myself I knew I was a Type 1 . So when I finally took this free enneagram test here it was no surprise that I am a definitely a Type 1.

Type 1 – Reformer
Perfectionists, responsible, fixated on improvement
People of this personality type are essentially looking to make things better, as they think nothing is ever quite good enough. This makes them perfectionists who desire to reform and improve; idealists who strive to make order out of the omnipresent chaos.

(description from Eclectic Energies)

Have you ever taken an enneagram test? What did you think? Share your results below.

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Geocaching in Cali

What in the world is Geocaching? Its basically a treasure hunt using GPS coordinates and clues given by the owner and other cachers to find the geocache. It makes every walk in the park an adventure because you never really know what your going to find. We have found big geocaches, small geocaches, trackables, sweepstakes, and more. There is so much excitement to be had in the hunt and joy in the find.

My husband and I have been geocaching for years and have found caches all over the country (you can find them all over the world!). We love reading through the logs in the caches to see how many people have found it and where they are from. Our son loves to find a cache with small trinkets in it and we often bring something with us to swap out.

We use the this Geocache App and you can visit Geocaching.com for more information on getting started.

On this particular treasure hunt we were out at a park close to our hotel in Cali. It was about a 2 mile loop around the park with some killer stairs that led to an amazing view. It took us a while to actually find the cache but it was a fun hunt!

And yep, that’s me with my dog in a backpack. To explain why, you’ll need to know that Teddy is 14 and has arthritis in his hips and knees so when we head out on a hike he goes with in style (for him, not us … clearly dog wearing is not stylish).

Short hike in the park and fun geocache find!

Another year …

This week/weekend we celebrated our son’s 9th birthday and it was so much fun. I am incredibly proud of the young man that he is growing up to be, but my mama heart is also sad that my baby boy is another year older.

I know I’ve heard it a thousand times … enjoy them while they are little because one day you will blink and they are all grown up. Y’all it is so true, I don’t know where the time has gone, it seems like just yesterday he was getting his first haircut, or learning to ride a bike. Now, hes racing dirt bikes, reading chapter books, and doing so many things without his mama’s help.

Mamas (and Dads) savor every moment you can, because our little ones grow up a little bit every day and before you know it another year will have past. Be present, for the missed moments are gone forever and time is the one thing you can never get back.

Backwards

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

Y’all I quit my job, in the middle of a pandemic … and I don’t have a plan.

I feel like I am going backwards … again. But just like an arrow, I need to go back … to my roots, to my passions, to what I love the most … so that I can follow the path of my wanderful arrow.

Messy, Crazy, ME

I started this blog because I need a place to confess, to ramble, to share my messy and crazy unconventional life because maybe you’re like me and you need a place to see that you are not alone.

I am a coffee-loving, Jesus following, whiskey-drinking, minimalist living, wanderlust mama just trying to find my path. Whether you are any of these or none of these, you are in good company.

Maybe your path is just as messy and crazy as mine and you feel like you can’t even imagine where your arrow is headed. I hear ya! I’ve been forward, backward, left, right, and a ring around the roses more times than I can count.

I’m here to tell you, it’s OK!

It’s ok to embrace the journey, it’s ok to love the mess, and it’s ok to ask “what the hell am I doing?”.

It’s all OK … because if we seek God’s will in all you do, he will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:6 NLT).