Another year is coming to a close — and it all seems too familiar the repetitive nature this time of the year brings. The feeling of excitement of something new, a fresh start, endless possibilities of another calendar year. The feeling of reflecting on the past year, things we wish we would’ve done, things we did, personal growth, heartbreak and learnings. And the feeling of the great unknown, yet every possibility of the future.
Our 2019 year was full of new adventures we were able to take three great trips, two of which were new cities for us to explore together. Six new little ones were welcomed into our lives this year. We spent lots of weekends with friends, family and even just the two of us, including lots of nights on the back patio. We did a lot of dog sitting, lots of Moz cuddling and even started volunteering at a local dog shelter this year too.
I was challenged a lot personally this past year, with seasonal depression to start the year, a serious back injury that kicked my butt for 6-months. I was also challenged in good ways like taking a new, welcomed direction in my career — that has been simply put life changing. I worked towards getting back into a healthy fitness and eating routine, and slowly yet persistently worked through my back injury and chronic pain, to come back on top.
2020 is going to be a big year. We have a lot of big family milestones and a lot of trips brewing in the planning stages. So ready or not, here we come 2020!
Today marks 5-years with B.
5-years ago, I was a nervous wreck, yet so excited to go out on this date with this guy who I had hit it off with the weekend before on an advertising competition trip (nerdy, I know). We were meeting up after my night class and were going to grab a drink at a local spot near campus, yet not your typical college bar, it was called Corks (which is sadly no longer). We met-up in the Communications building and walked down to Corks, we sat down and literally talked the night away, nonstop. We had so many similarities growing up, it was crazy! We eventually ended up going to a different bar, because we realized we should probably grab some food, so we went to the Viking Tavern and got some chicken tenders, the talking and drinking continued, although still very casual and intently talking about everything. We then wound up at yet another campus bar, Becky’s and ended the night with some PBR’s. I think we talked well into the wee hours of the morning, until we finally parted ways. We made plans to go for an 8-mile run the next day since we were both training for a half-marathon. Yes not your typical second date.
And since that day, 5-years ago, it was pretty much the end to the beginning, we never looked back, we never questioned our relationship, it just was. B said in his proposal love letter to me that he knew that first weekend at the advertising competition that I was the one. I knew he was the one after our first date.
B has forever changed my life, and makes me a better version of myself each and every day – we challenge each other and we love each other and it’s the perfect balance and flow of us. I’m excited to see what this next year will bring leading up to our wedding and next stage in our lives, he’s the best partner and teammate.
So here’s to the next five… fifteen….twenty… forty… forever years ahead of us.
Happy birthday, to me!
The day has come, the day I love-hate. I love it because, well I just love birthday’s plus I have an excuse to eat cake (I’m probably sounding like a broken record). It’s also a fun excuse to get a little more expensive dinner, order an extra dirty martini (or a few) and throw on some heels. But I hate it because I keep getting older, I definitely have the case of the Peter Pan syndrome.
As I am getting older, I am realizing that some things won’t change by themselves, I’m really hoping I find some of my inner strength and motivation back this year that I’ve lost. It’s continuous work, and recognizing goals and working towards them is the first step.
So for this year I hope to get back on the path of the best me, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Oh and have a hell of a great time doing it.
We are less than 24 hours away from welcoming in the new year, so let’s take a look back through pictures at my 2015 to get ready to say good-bye.
January 2015 – Puppy fever
February 2015 – Katie & Travis visit
March 2015 – My Birthday
April 2015 – Celebrating my Promotion
May 2015 – Mother’s Day
June 2015 – Dress shopping for Kates
July 2015 – #emnbtostbc
August 2015 – Celebrating G&P
September 2015 – Fin & Moz
October 2015 – Sunday House Tailgate
November 2015 – Winterfest
December 2015 – Moz
I didn’t do very well with a lot of my 2015 goals, honestly I didn’t focus on them as much as I should have, so I’m not totally surprised.
My 2015 goals:
- Get back into a workout routine – failed miserably, again.
- Start the 5:2 Diet – nope, hardly tried.
- Travel outside of the country (Dublin 2015?) – not this year
- Get a promotion at work – yes!
- Run a half marathon – at least 3 other races – ran 2 races, but no half
- Read more books – a little success
- Don’t sweat the small stuff – maybe?
- Live in the moment – maybe
I’ve been thinking about my 2016 goals, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect in the last few months about successes, failures, hopes and wishes, and am truly working on a plan and change. I feel like I’ve made strides within the last few months in comparison to a majority of last year and early this year. So I’m excited about my new focus and motivation for a positive change.
Cheers to another blessed year and cheers to another year of opportunities!
Moving this weekend ends an era at 12505 along the lake. This was B and I’s first place together and honestly… I love our space. But I didn’t love all things that came along with it… especially over time.
Things I won’t miss;
- Slamming doors in the hallways
- Cigarette smoke coming up from the opened windows
- Close neighbors
- The barking French bull dogs underneath us
- Our parking lot
- Cat lady leaving cat litter in the halls
Things I will miss;
- Our massive closets
- Being super close to work/downtown
- Prime running location
- Our fireplace
- Our cozy bungalow
- The Pontiac couple’s fights across the street
We’ve had laughs, we’ve had cries, yelling, and parties. We’ve hung pictures and decorated for the different holidays. This was our home for 2-years and now we will start all of this in our new home. I will miss our little bungalow on the lake, as I have liked to call it. It was a cozy, warm and inviting space that will always have a special place in my heart. I knew as soon as we saw this space that it was going to be ours, and I think B had the same feeling when he walked into our house, we just had to do some convincing to each other in both respects.