A lot of time has passed since I last did one of these. My last blog was in MAY! Since then, I set one simple goal for myself to write at least one more blog before the end of 2018, but I’ve had the worst time coming up with a topic (as you can see from my 6-month hiatus). I finally decided to simply share what our life has looked like for the past year and our plans for the future.
Since I last posted, I have made leaps and bounds in dealing with my anxiety by actively working to let go of the people that my anxiety stemmed from—a tough task. I've also spent a lot of time taking care of my mind and body through a bit of exercise and a different, more relaxed approach to nutrition. What healed me the most was actively stepping away from the screen and turning myself toward Jesus. It is amazing to me that no matter how much I'm hurting, if I simply ask Jesus for help, the next thing I hear or read is always EXACTLY what I need in that moment to give me peace of mind. I encourage everyone to step away from your screens, and choose something that brings you that kind of joy and peace.
I started grad school in April, and I’m already finishing my third term (only six more to go!). I’m currently pursuing a masters in English and Creative Writing with no idea as to what I want to do with it when I finish. I'm on track to graduate in March of 2020. My dad celebrated his 80th birthday! We are SO thankful for another year. Pretty wild to think that his doctors did not expect him to live to see 2018, but here we are—over a year since his heart attack and a year and a half since his IPF diagnosis.
Let’s see… what else? Andrew is expected to do a song with CeeLo Green. Back in May, CeeLo hosted a contest via Instagram and picked Andrew as the winner out of 1500+ people! We have no idea when this is happening, but when we know, we will be shouting it from the rooftops! My Rodan + Fields business has grown ten-fold and continues to grow every day. We are thankful for it and the flexibility it has allowed us.
Andrew and I celebrated one-year of marriage!
We also both celebrated three years of sobriety—Andrew back in February and me this November. We traveled. A LOT. We went to California three times and Louisiana twice. Four of those trips were for weddings and one for a funeral. I lost a friend to Leukemia in August. Andrew and I also both lost childhood friends to suicide earlier this year... Tell your people you love them any and every chance you get.
We experienced our first X-Games in Aspen. It was SO cold, and neither of us dressed appropriately so we FROZE. Now that I know what to expect, I’d go again but better prepared this time (I’m not sure about Andrew LOL)! Should we go again in 2019?
We also traveled to Arizona, Utah, Kentucky, Ohio, and Arkansas all within the time span of one short year. We had a blast! We didn’t know we would be able to travel as much and as soon as we have with my dad being ill, but God has been good to us. The doctors are so impressed with my dad, and so are we! Although he is considered to be a "severe" case and his condition will never go away, he is not rapidly declining either. So we are just enjoying our time together the best we can. Any extra time God gives us is honestly nothing short of a miracle.
To answer a question many people have already asked: Yes, Andrew and I definitely want a child of our own, but we have decided to wait another few years until we get a place of our own before we actively start trying. We know that when it is time, God will give us a baby, and the how and when will be completely out of our hands. We are at peace with that.
It's always been a dream of Andrew’s and mine to travel as much as we can and on our own accord before having a baby, and to say we have successfully been able to do that would be an understatement. We are extremely blessed to be able to live our lives freely. We already have our travel plans in place for next year: Hawaii, Nashville, Atlanta, and Montana, just to name a few. We also have a long-term international bucket list: Greece, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the Maldives. Those trips are much further down the line, but we have fun talking about them regardless (kind of like us and our future child—definitely a long ways off, but we talk about what we want to name him/her all the time).
As far as where we will end up long-term, we have no idea! Another reason why we have traveled so much this past year was to explore different places and get a better idea of where we want to settle down. Side note: all of our stuff is still in storage in Phoenix! After we left California, we had every intention of settling down in Arizona. However, after living in Colorado for the past year, we have discovered that we actually really like the snow, and we want to live in a place that has all four seasons. We also know that where we are now is too high up for us to live long-term. We live at about 8000ft elevation, and both of us have developed strange illnesses we once did not have. I now have sleep apnea, and Andrew has a condition called costochondritis. I also really miss being able to CrossFit hard—we can only do so much at this elevation. I really thought that living in a high altitude would make me a super-athlete, but it’s been over a year, and I’m still waiting. So I guess that ship has sailed.
We are visiting Nashville next year, and I have hyped this place up, y'all. I've done all the research. It is high enough in elevation that we will still get snow and all of the seasons, but not so high up that our lungs bleed every time we walk up stairs. So, I am ready. I'll either be super pumped or super disappointed. Either way, I'll keep you posted.
Anyways, we have no more travel plans for 2018, and we are happy to slow down and just relax. It’s hard to believe so much has happened in the past year. We never thought we’d still be here, but we are, and we’ve got a lot to be thankful for. Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!