Queen of Trades; Travel and Photography- Category [Life Stories]
2019-08-08 11:40 by Sarah Denninger
in Life Stories , 28 references

I think everyone can pretty much relate to this scenario (as an adult). Right now I can say that I am broke asssss ffffuuuccckkk right now. It honestly has been pretty stressful to think about and even though I know I can pay off the card I just can't help the stress I feel from knowing how much is on it. Of course its also a good thing because I will get some reward back but the anxiety is up there. I think it may be mostly because I have two big trips around the corner and I on top of that I have some other expenses that are slowly creeping in on me. But of course, that is the way that life rolls. One minute everything is peachy and your doing well and the next you wonder how you got in the position your in. 

Of course I saw it coming. I did the math before the dive and I don't regret anything. The fact of the matter is that I do have back up savings just in case but I will do what I can to not use that. I think its mainly because I know that I might need that money at some other point and time and I want to be able to reserve as much as I can but we will see what happens and how things play out. I am hopeful and I know that I will be doing more at work to make up more money and to feel like i'm in a good spot overall. Of course if you guys purchase some artwork then that would be even better. 

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As always thank you guys and I am off to go do some fun errands. Hope you all have a wonderful day today. 

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I can say that things have been pretty good recently. There have been a few times here and there where I was wondering about myself and some of my decisions but I have finally gotten past that and I am just focusing on myself again and what makes me happy. Honestly I feel pretty good and I definitely can say that I am excited to see what the future holds again. Of course there are plenty of things in between that are going to happen before I get to my end goal but I think that right now I am pretty satisfied. 

I mean I did take my Dad Skydiving and even though i'm broke from the little adventure I do feel pretty good about giving back to him. Usually we don't celebrate with anything big. Its normally beer, a nice place to eat, and maybe a song or two along with a movie at the end of the night. This year though I decided to go ahead and give back to the big man himself. He puts up with my **** all the time so I decided that it was time to say thank you. Of course it was expensive but I figured that was icing on the cake. 

Skydiving with my dad flipped a switch in me and when I watch the video back I can tell that I really needed that experience again. It just re-lit whatever feeling I had inside and I am feeling pretty good about myself. Of course I wouldn't say to go skydiving if you are having a hard time. Only go skydiving if you really want to, not to reset your brain and feelings. 

(Seriously, please don't)

So right now life is good. Its moving in a positive direction and I feel really good about what is to come. 
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Yesterday my father and I had a blast. I decided to take my father out and go.....Skydiving! Yes Skydiving. If you all remember I went last year in New Zealand and I thought that it was absolutely amazing. It was closest thing to flying in the sky and I decided to do it again. Of course I did my best to not tell my dad. We got up early in the A.M, had some coffee and I drove us an hour and a half to this place called Skydive on the Gulf. It was technically in Alabama but the drive was just about as far as Pensacola for us. So really it wasn’t that bad. 


When we arrived at our destination my dad goes "My guess was right" and I just looked at him and smiled. My father had been suspicious for a while about what we were doing and of course he just knewwww what it was. To be honest I’m not surprised he figured it out, I’m just happy that he was still down to go and do it even after we got there. When we parked the car I asked if he was nervous. Surprisingly he answered no. I know for my first time I was pretty nervous but I did my best to hide it and to not let it get to me. For him it was just a straight no. 

Once we were inside we got to file out some paperwork. Basically saying that you can die and if you do that it’s not the companies fault and etc. We both filed the paperwork and then watched the video. Once the video was done we waited for the plane to come back down and to be suited up. Which to be honest felt super quick. In New Zealand I waited about two hours before I got my turn. 

(If you want to read about my first experience then click here to go read all about it. I will say, it is quite the story.)

Of course I am sure that when you only have two or three divers in your facility it changes things quite a lot and you have to be aware of when to take breaks and how often you need to do that. They did say that they jump every half hour so I am sure that after the third or fourth time you will need a break from it. 

Once we were all harnessed in we got assigned to our divers and we made our way to the plane where we got to take videos and photos before climbing inside. I got a briefing of how to pull the shoot on the way down. By the way, if you have never skydived before they won’t give you the option of pulling your own shoot since it’s a lot to take in the first time and of course it’s both your lives on the line. Since I had done it before he gave me the option and as nervous as I was I also wanted to give it at least a shot. He did tell me that if I didn’t pull it in time that he had a backup cord to pull the shoot. 

After the briefing we met our pilot and we climbed inside. I was jumping first so my dad got into the plane with his diver and I climbed inside and got to sit right next to the pilot. 


While we were climbing I watched the gauges and I got to see the outside world in full view. It was just so awesome to see where we live in such a different light. It was amazing. Once we got up to 10,000 feet my partner reminded me of what to do and then opened the door. Right away everything melted out of me and I just remember feeling light. I whispered to myself "You got this" and I swung my legs out and bam, we were falling. This time I remember everything. I remember seeing the plane fall away, I remember the clouds as we were going by, I remember my instructor taping me on the shoulder, pulling the shoot, everything. I remember it all. The entire time we were falling I can say that I felt so good. I felt so light and I felt like the world was just so beautiful. 


When the shoot was open my partner and I had a great talk about jumping, New Zealand, my Dad and just how cool it is to skydive. You get so many different perspectives and you get so many cool views. Not only do you get to experience the jump but you get to experience the world. It truly was beautiful and I am so glad that I picked them to do this dive. Once we were on the ground my dad said that he had an amazing time and that it was so much fun. He now wants to go get his license to do solo dives. Truly that is amazing to me. I’m just glad I could give him a taste of what it is like before he made the decision to go and do anything. So Happy birthday Dad, I hope it was a great one!


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2019-07-29 09:28 by Sarah Denninger
in Life Stories , 12 references

Yesterday I said goodbye to Bonnie. I’m glad I got the chance to hang out with her and to have the weekend with her. I learned a lot about myself and I will say that it was kind of weird sleeping my bed without her. I got used to waking up and seeing those puppy eyes staring at me. I even got used to the kisses I received when I would get up and she would be excited to up and start the day with me. Honestly I do miss it all and it has increased my want for a dog someday. Of course it was also a nice insight to the breed itself because I have considered getting a weimaraner. She was a small version of one but still a good lesson for me. 

I don’t know If I will ever get to spend some quality time with Bonnie again but I can say that I am glad that I got to have the time I did with her. She really helped me out and she gave me some time to connect with myself and have real fun. Plus she was just a great model for my photography. Just perfect all around. 


I know that they are moving back to California soon so I do wish them all the best. It was fun to have them around and I really enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know them. All three of them have such amazing personality’s and I hope that if I ever make it out to California that I can stop by and say hello. Of course we will see what happens in the future since you never really know until your there. So cheers to the future and to hopefully being able to hangout and see them after they move back. 


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Today is my last day With Bonnie. Honestly I’m kind of sad that my time with her is coming to an end. She has been amazing and such good company. She snuggles with people at night, she listens to you when you call her, she plays fetch, she doesn’t really shed, and she is just so sweet with everyone she meets. She just confirms that if I got a dog that I would be in ultimate animal heaven. It’s just so nice to have a dog and be able to take walks with a companion. Of course if I got my own dog I would eventually have the dog start running with me. I think that would be the way I would go for sure. 


Of course today I am going to spend most of my day playing fetch with Bonnie and just enjoying our last day as best friends. Really I am sure that she misses her actual parents and I am so honored to have spent time with Bonnie like I have. I also know that this is probably the last time I will see Bonnie. I know that her owners are moving back to California sometime soon and not only will I miss them but I will miss this wonderful dog. Of course I know that they are excited to move back to California but I will be sad about their departure. 

For now though, Bonnie and I will be outside, playing in the water. 


While you guys are here please consider buying an art piece to help support my Dad's birthday. It is right around the corner and we are doing something super fun to celebrate. I am really excited and of course, it is a surprise for the big man himself. So please check out my artwork by clicking here! Thank you guys!


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