Alaska Cruise Recap

I've been back for a few weeks from the work trip on a cruise to Alaska, but so much has happened since then and there is a lot more than my luggage that needs to be unpacked. 

We've had a few medical emergencies in the family and I have since been let go from said job. Yes - the job that I've had for over 6 years (with a brief intermission when I thought the grass was greener elsewhere) that I thrived at has ended No one knows why, and several people were fighting for me the last week as I handed over credentials. All we know is that the past few months have become increasingly toxic, little to no work life balance, and the new owner is making bad decision after bad decision while also treating his staff horribly to put it lightly. I have come to peace with it, because I had been so stressed out and anxiety ridden and I had survived multiple rounds of layoffs. I know it's for the best, but it's still really hard to process.

But let's recap the good stuff shall we? It's always hard to kiss my family goodbye, and leave for a work trip. This time I was at least not traveling internationally or on a long haul flight to the other side of the world which helped significantly. I flew into Seattle the night before we were to set sail on an incentive trip for one of the markets on the Norwegian Encore. I had never been to Seattle or anywhere in Alaska, so I knew it would be a rewarding trip both professionally and personally. I also enjoyed getting to know co-workers from around the world as well as more distributors.

I took my new Radley London tote for a spin, as she was scooped up with the full intention of being my new work travel tote. I ended up with a surprise upgrade to Delta Comfort + in a bulkhead seat so she fit comfortably in the overhead bin with my carryon luggage.

Not much to report from my evening in Seattle since I arrived pretty late, and just showered, scarfed down some Uber Eats, and got some much needed sleep. The next morning I headed over to the cruise port to check in, and get started covering the trip.

This was my first ever cooler weather cruise, but that didn't stop me from packing some dresses. I just threw a jacket over them and voila. I also packed a few bathing suits because hot tubs!

A sail away Aperol Spritz was on deck before heading to the welcome reception, and then to dinner with co-workers. All of the food was of course YUM.

Our first port of call was in Juneau, and we woke up to amazing views of the snow capped mountains. Travel tip - If you're planning an Alaska cruise, try to book near the start of the season because we were the only ship or one of two ships in each port before the busy seasons starts. The locals mentioned that during the height of the cruise season there that they can have 6 ships in port on just one day. Sounds like Nassau! 

Couldn't beat these morning coffee views! I am definitely a warm weather/tropical climate person (hence why I moved from Connecticut to Florida 14 years ago, and never looked back) - however this trip was incredible. I don't mind colder weather if I'm just visiting a place. The views were breathtaking and got more beautiful each day. 

Skagway was our 2nd port of call, and we explored the little town before boarding the White Pass Railroad to go up into the mountains and a brush into British Columbia and Yukon Territory. Again - the views were incredible. I thought Colorado was gorgeous last year, and this blew everything I saw there out of the water. 

No filter needed the entire trip! And the pictures do not do it justice. I cannot wait to head back and enjoy these views again with my family. Back on board - it was time for dinner and a show which is always my fav on cruise ships.

In the evening as we sailed away from Skagway, we were told to look out for the Northern Lights. I was in awe, and it took my breath away. I had to sit down after taking this photo. Again no filter. 

.... and then I woke up to THIS

The next day was an at sea day as we sailed around Glacier Bay National Park. Absolutely breathtaking. Like I said it just got prettier and more impressive each day. 

No makeup. No filter.

After covering some meetings, scheduling content, and a sweat sesh in the gym (where I saw a family of Orcas while on the elliptical) it was time for a quick dip in the hot tub with some co-workers. Spoiler alert - that blue drink was way too sweet and sadly only a few sips were had. 

Our 3rd port of call was in Ketchikan where I had booked my first ever excursion for just me, myself, and I. Everything was beautiful and peaceful, and it didn't even feel like we were out on the water for a few hours. Worth every penny and memory.

This was the day that I packed my water resistant fleece lined joggers for, and they were perfect for this tour. Paired with a lightweight jacket, water proof boots, and gloves I was ready for the early morning wakeup call to meet at the pier at 7:45. 

Back on board before noon, I grabbed a coffee and headed to the gym for an extra sweat sesh before having lunch. I was feeling so tired, and a coffee and a workout did the trick. I felt great the whole rest of the day. Another tip - always take the stairs. It's the best way to squeeze in some extra exercise and avoid the crowded elevators on the ship.

I dined alone for the first time the whole week on the last night before we arrived in Victoria, British Columbia for a short stop from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. I enjoyed a glass of bubbles on the balcony as I watched our ship pull into port.

A group of us decided to do the rickshaw tour through the city, and it was so much fun! The tour guides are actually running and pulling your cart Flintstone style. Highly recommend.

When we docked back in Seattle I had a few hours before I needed to head to the airport, so I wanted to see all the touristy things. I didn't make it to the Space Needle, but enjoyed some fish throwing at the market, saw the first ever Starbucks, and some extra moments with co-workers that would be heading back to Australia and Japan as I went back to Florida. 

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Anyone else hear Tyrese singing with the title "Lately"? Just me - the elder millennial? Ok. Man, where do I start? I am usually pretty private on Facebook, but shared an update of all that's been going on the past several weeks. My mom had a heart attack and has been hospitalized three times, my dad who we have also been concerned about was hospitalized during her 3rd visit and they were 2 floors apart as she was quarantined with the flu. And this all happened while I was traveling for work. Yep.

Oh yeah work... I was let go out of no where from the job I love and have been thriving at for over 6 years. No one knows why, and my boss has been fighting for me and showing why it was such an awful decision but the new owner just won't budge. No one understands it, and it just is what it is. Things had gotten incredibly toxic, I was incredibly burnt out and not fully present with my family - so it's definitely for the best as hard as it is to accept. 

Then to top it all off, we experienced a big scare with Lil' Miss accompanied by an ambulance ride and an emergency room visit on her last day of school for the year. To say I am stressed out is an understatement. I am incredibly thankful for the friends and family who have rallied around to support and pray for us as we deal with a lot all at once. 

But let's rewind and talk about the past few weeks first shall we? Trips to Universal (of course) and preparing for an upcoming vacation. Could it BE here any sooner? Kind of need it right now...

Romper in Jade Green {only $25} | Sneakers

I was excited to be invited to experience the new Face Foundrie location in Orlando, and was treated to a Cryo Queen facial. I was nervous at first thinking it would be freezing, but everything was luxuriously comfortable. Oh and that glow - yes please!

Dress {wearing a size medium} | Sandals 

Lil' Miss had three "half days" (I say "half days" because they're not truly half days when they get out at 11:15 - crazy!) before the end of the school year. So, we had a mommy-daughter date at Universal's Volcano Bay where we finally got to ride the aqua coaster Krakatau which was AMAZING! Lots of fun in the sun, and quality time with my best girl after being so busy for the longest time. 

And then on Friday we celebrated the last day of 1st grade, and headed to her end of the year school wide celebration at the park. I used to be THAT helicopter parent at the playground watching her every move, and standing below her to help as she would climb. And the past few years, I've tried to let her be more adventurous on her own, and we had the biggest scare not long after arriving. She was running around with some of her classmates, and then we both noticed we hadn't heard her squealing down the slide for a few minutes and went to go look for her. There was a crowd gathered around someone lying face down on the ground. Queue immediate tears from me and hyperventilating (which I haven't done since I found out my cousin had passed away). I was ushered away by some of the moms as they tried to help me catch my breath, and drink some water. The ambulance arrived, and I boarded it with her while my husband drove our car down to the pediatric hospital to meet us. Everything is a total blur, and I was a mess crying while calling my mom and letting her know what was going on. I tickled her legs and feet to see if she would move, and she did as she giggled. Which helped me calm down immensely. 

She was upbeat at the hospital, especially once they took her off the board so she could move around and then took her for some x-rays. The x-rays came back clear, and the results were bruising on her mid-back and a possible mild concussion from the impact of her falling from so high. I am incredibly relieved, however still watching her like a hawk as we want her head to heal from the possible concussion. 

The next day was H's birthday, and we went to dinner to celebrate with friends. Lil' Miss brought a pillow for her back (so sweet!) and was silly with our friend's twin girls throughout dinner. It felt great to be with framily, and see her acting mostly like herself minus the pillow brought to dinner. 

Tie-Front Top {only $29} | Denim Skirt | Wedges {similar

We laid low at the house for the rest of the holiday weekend for some pool and grill time, as we continued to be over protective of our sweet girl. She is still sore, but definitely still holding on to her big personality and alllll the sass! I can't begin to describe how thankful I am that she's ok, as I watch other parents go through so much worse. Hug those kiddos tight - children, nieces, nephews, friend's kiddos - everyone! They are a precious gift, and can get hurt or sick at the blink of an eye. 

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