Try Harder

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Some days (a lot of days) I fail to find a beautiful thing. Not that there isn’t one there, it’s just that I forget to try…or just don’t.

I took an extremely impromptu road trip to Mobile, Alabama with a friend this week. Road trips are a big time enjoyment of mine. I love new places and faces and spaces. I also love an excuse to listen to 8+ hours of music non stop.

So much Beyonce.

Anyhoo. Whenever I hear someone talk about Alabama they’re mostly like “oh…there?” Or, “wait…what?”… So I DECIDED….to take those responses as some sort of challenge, I guess.

To find the beautiful things. To try harder. Do you have time to enjoy a meal with your friends? You think you don’t but YOU DO. I promise.

No time to look up from that piece of technology in your hand? Pshh. Easy answer.

So here are a few of the things I found by trying a little harder (and with my iPhone, ironically).

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Downtown Mobile had so many great balconies! So. Many.

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And this bookstore! Be still my beating heart.

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Also getting artsy with some wall art…..art.

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And so many other things, you guys! Alabammy whammy serving it up.

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Then I mosied my way on down to the little town of Fairhope. A dear Alabamian friend of mine recommended it and I said “Heck yeah I’ll go!”

And these are just a few treasures I found.

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I also found Christmas. And a lot of it.

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Church Mouse!

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Veggie burger and fries: a juxtaposition.

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(and then some Alabama brews)

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I also discovered this pier (I think I was the first to discover it).

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Get on your bike and go find the beautiful things. They. Are. Everywhere.

Eat a meal with your friends. Look up at some balconies. Buy a book. Stare at a ship. Drink a brew.

Alabammy Whammy helped me do this, and for that, I thank it. I thank that whole hillier, less densely populated Florida like state. Bama!

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