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Home from Europe, Married, New Puppy Mom & It’s the Holidays

Somehow the last time I wrote in this blog, I was only preparing for my *many trips before Europe.  All of that has come and gone, and now I’m home from our amazing trip abroad, married, have a new puppy named Mister Bear and am slaving away for the holiday rush that will inevitably take over my life (as per usual).

I have a million photos that I still need to look through and print.  I was fairly diligent while we were traveling and managed to post about our time for almost 2 weeks.  And then it was all downhill from there, haha.  Traveling for that long and NOT WORKING is an amazing feeling, life-changing really.  But it’s also good to come home to a strong base and remember why all your blessings are even possible.  I loved traveling to so many countries and experiencing so many new cultures with Matt, and while we travel all the time together, this time was different.  This time we were married, and we were honeymooners and we were just so in love with life.  It was incredible and the perfect way to celebrate our marriage and our love, and I wouldn’t change a single moment of it for any reason.  We spent SO MUCH money, but it was beyond worth everything.  To call ourselves blessed is the understatement of the century.

Since being home, work has thankfully slowed down now that wedding season is mostly over.  But it’s holidays now so there’s a different kind of rush – one that I anticipate and look forward to the most.  I just love the holidays.  People seem/ feel kinder in all aspects, and mostly – they’re happier.  I love that.

I have a million photos that I want to post to this blog, so many different countries that I want to talk about, so many of my favorite memories that just need to be written down.  I never seen to make time to do these things, but I hope to.  & hopefully I’ll do it before we travel to our next destination next month – ALASKA.  <3

I’ll leave you with a photo from my favorite city to date — Amsterdam.

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Blessed to be 30

So Matt’s birthday is on February 1.  My birthday is February 2.  And my best friend’s birthday is Feb. 12th.

We all turn 30 this year. :)

Matt and I will be *thankfully* spending our birthday in Hawaii this year!  We wanted to do something big, so he planned the entire trip and booked us flights + hotels for the week, and gave me the gift on Christmas.  Sneaky guy.

In lieu of all of this, I didn’t want to do anything for my birthday either before or after I returned from my trip.  There is just so much going on (ie: Chinese New Year, both our birthdays, my cousin’s 18th, Valentine’s day, my bff’s birthday, etc…) so it made sense to skip it altogether.  Maybe just a nice dinner with my family..

So I show up on Friday to my brother’s house for a family dinner, and it’s a surprise party for both me and Matt.  It’s decked out in Hawaii themed decor, with deep fried pork, mai tai’s, spam musubi and katsu galore.  I was overwhelmed, and I didn’t expect and/or need it.  But the preparation, the planning and then the execution meant so much to me.  More than that – some of my favorite people who I haven’t seen in forever were there. <3

There are a lot of things in life that don’t need to be done – throwing parties, preparing food, creating theme’s, making and keeping surprises – but all of it adds so much excitement.  When I walked through the door, everyone thought I looked un-surprised.  But that wasn’t it – I was caught offguard and elated and surprised and happy and even at this age, I still have a hard time letting people do such nice, amazing things for me.  I was just letting it all sink in… :)

And now I’m prepping for Hawaii tomorrow, where I’ll be spending my birthday on the beach, sipping margaritas and watching my city win the Superbowl.  How amazing is that??  To put it mildly, I am blessed and am definitely excited to be turning 30.  I *also* told myself I needed to do something big when I hit this amazing mark – and what’s bigger than leaving my career behind in pursuit of my dreams??

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This article by Olivia Wilde also makes the big 3-0 more exciting.