I’ve actually really been looking forward to 2017, because 2016 was kind of bittersweet for us. I mean, a lot of really good stuff happened last year. The beginning of last year I was working a job that was very stressful and required odd overtime leaving me really drained, but in March I started a new job in a completely different setting that eased up a lot of that tension. My current job is a breeze compared to what I had been through, and I’m very happy to be where I am today. Also, this year I became and aunt to two babes that I can’t wait to watch grow up. I have two sisters and both had babies last year, & watching them become mothers is kind of surreal, but also really awesome. I only hope to be as cool of parents as they are!
Our little family also grew this year when with the addition of Nala to our family. Nala was a kitten one of our friends Jeremy had but needed to find a foster home for for the time being. So, she’s lived with us now for quite some time and she’s definitely become part of the fam.
Two other big things happened for Ricky and I this year: we got married and we became homeowners. I didn’t always want to get married. I used to feel like I could be with someone without a piece of paper to prove I’d stick around forever. But, Ricky is something special and eventually I found myself wanting to marry him. There’s something about growing up, you change your mind about things you rebelled against when you were younger. Anyways, our wedding was perfect and exactly what we wanted, although it was a lot of work. With work, school, and wedding planning I started having anxiety attacks from nonstop doing. After the wedding everything cooled down, though. Very happy to say I’ve got that under control. When we got back from the wedding, we immediately started packing up to move into our new home. We moved from a 600 sq ft apartment into a 1800 sq ft home, more than doubling our living space. The house needs a lot of repairs and work done to get it to where we want, but we’re really happy to be building our dream home-something we’ve always talked about. We’re working with contractors now to solidify plans, but we won’t be starting the renovations for another 5 months, because we had a little set back with the mortgage company. Until then, we’ll be doing small projects and updates to the house to make it feel more like home.
This year I found out I have adult onset asthma. I know asthma isn’t really a big deal, kids are born with it and often outgrow it. But I’ve had a lot of frustrations about it, being that I didn’t have it as a kid (or realize it if I did). I’ve taken a lot of different medications and seen a lot of different specialists, and haven’t had a whole lot of luck keeping it under control. But I also had a hard time believing that I had asthma in the first place, so accepting it was my biggest obstacle. I think working through my asthma symptoms was my least favorite part of 2016, but am hopeful that 2017 will bring some relief.
So we had a rocky start to 2017- something I hope to talk about in another blog post soon. But something I really want to work on for 2017 is being more positive and finding silver linings. When I found out that we weren’t going to be able to start renovations as soon as we’d hoped I was real bummed. We had big plans and I thought they were going to start taking shape as soon as next month. It’s not fun getting news like that, and normally I would spend a lot of time down about the circumstance. But you know what? It’s not so bad. We won’t actually have a mortgage payment for the next 5 months which means we can tackle some of the things we wanted to on our own, and save a ton of money while we’re at it. Not only that, but it gives us more time to think about some of the details. We’ve got three bathrooms to remodel, now we’ve got time to really research what we want. In short, I want to start finding those silver linings in things that might seem like a crappy situation. And if there aren’t any silver linings que sera sera.
Blog & Shop
So the blog and shop haven’t been my number one focus lately. As you can see, the blog got a big update for the new year, and the shop will be back from vacation soon. The shop has gone through phases, but I want to make the brand more cohesive. So that’s going to be a big focus this year. As far as the blog goes, with all of the home projects we’ll be doing, I foresee a lot more home inspiration posts to come. I think it’ll be a great addition to the blog because it’s something I’ve always been into & hopefully you all are too! I’d also like to make posts on here more scheduled. For the most part, I post when I’m feeling inspired or creative, but I want to make sure I post more frequently and with a cohesive schedule. I’ve also considered maybe doing a few video blogs for fun..whatcha think?
I know I said that I like to cook, but that has never really had a spotlight on here. Ricky and I are both vegetarians, and I think it would be pretty cool to actually feature some of the stuff we make. For christmas we actually made a cookbook from family recipes as a gift. We made all of the recipes and took pictures of them and used Blurb to print them into books. We had a lot of fun with it, and I think maybe featuring more food items on the blog would be super fun.
Alright, so we watched a documentary on Netflix called Minimalism and have been on a minimalist kick ever since. We’ve always considered ourselves minimalists, but after watching that documentary it really put into perspective how much stuff we have vs how much stuff we need. We’ve learned from our families that sometimes objects carry sentiments for people. We don’t want to be those people. We had a pretty in depth discussion about how we don’t want things to have a substantial effect on our lives. Plus, things make so much clutter! We want to make sure all of the things we have are things we need and actually provide purpose in our lives. So we’ve started going through a lot of our stuff and pitching old things that don’t provide purpose.
Just some thoughts for the new year.
I haven’t really done a whole lot of talking about the setting of our wedding and honeymoon because there were so many things up in the air still (even after a year of planning). So I can finally fill you in on the details.
Ricky and I got engaged in Paris in June of 2015 (I know, he totally won the proposals of the century), and we slowly started planning our wedding. We always knew we would get married in Big Sur and everyone and their mothers have asked us why. Okay, so time for a story within a story: we started dating 6 years ago and nonstop talked about where we were gonna go next and what we would do. We were big dreamers with little pockets so we put our dreams of Barcelona and Iceland on pause and decided to stay within the states. We chose Big Sur because-have you seen pictures of Big Sur? Because we hadn’t until we stumbled on a picture on Pinterest, and that’s why we chose to go to Big Sur, okay? It’s that pretty. It had only been our first year together when we visited California, and we had already decided we’d go back to get married. So that’s why Big Sur.
So, we already knew we wanted to get married in Big Sur but we really really just wanted to elope. Like, go back, see those big waves crash against the coast, get married and come back. Maybe have some pictures. But a few close family members didn’t like that, and we decided, okay if you really want to be there you can. We’re really happy with the way everything turned out. I mean, there were some bumps like every other wedding has, but it ended up being pretty perfect.
There’s gonna be a whole ‘nother post with some wedding photos. But these were my favorite pictures from our honeymoon road trip. We drove up the coast from Big Sur, to San Francisco, to Portland and ended in Seattle. Big Sur was just the stop for the wedding, and we stayed in San Fran just because for one night. We didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time in San Fran, but we did see the Painted Ladies and got to eat some dope Indian food at Chutney.
We stayed in Airbnbs in Portland + Seattle. We stayed in a pretty awesome loft in PDX and honestly just fell in love with that city. We had coffee from a different local coffee shop every 4 hours or so. We loved the lattes at Barista, Heart Coffee, and Cathedral (to name a few). We ate a bunch of pie, because apparently the people of Oregon and Seattle love Southern food, (my favorite was the coconut cream pie at Tilt) and went on a few muddy hikes in our not made for hiking boots. Oh and we had the best breakfast at Sweedeedees. I now understand why everyone falls in love with that city, and may have been trying to convince Ricky to move there myself ever since we left. Not may, I have.
Then we hit Seattle. There we visited the original Starbucks, visited the all famous Pikes Place market, ate some really good ramen at Nuna Ramen, and visited that troll one too many times by mistake. If you don’t know what that is, it’s literally a statue of a troll under a bridge in Fremont-it’s got streets and everything named after it. We went a little coffee crazy and kept saying “we can cos it’s our honeymoon”, so we went to Starbucks one too many times, obviously, but also really liked the lattes at Milstead & Co. Oh, and we went to Discovery Park in Seattle because we read that there was a lighthouse there. Everybody failed to mention that in order to see the lighthouse you have to make a 3 mile hike to get there and we weren’t really prepared for it, but we did it and it was worth it. Plus we had a brie and baguette picnic and got stalked by a sea otter so that softened the blow.
We’ll definitely be making a visit back to the East Coast again, but we’re already planning our next big trip!
Woah. This year has been such a whirlwind. It’s brought so many exciting moments but with it so many seriously challenging obstacles. There’s a lot going on right now with the election results and holidays approaching-it’s easy to get overwhelmed. So I’m gonna keep this positive, for those of us that are still trying to rationalize and prevail through the next coming months.
On a much lighter note-we just got married! No big deal. Nothing to write on the blog about. But really, there will be plenty of pictures and a post coming soon so stay tuned! We’re really happy with how everything turned out. We took two weeks off for the wedding plus a road trip honeymoon, and we’re still trying to adjust to our normal boring lives-that can be difficult. Although, it’s not really that boring because we came home only to start packing up to move into our new house. And by that I mean the house Ricky grew up in. It’s a ranch style home in a really good neighborhood but it needs some serious updating. I’m talkin’ everything is gonna be touched. So we’ve been pinning and planning away with remodeling ideas. I can’t wait to start sharing remodeling posts on the blog.
There’s also going to be a few new pouches rolling out within the next few weeks-I’m hoping to focus a little more on the shop now that we’re not preoccupied with wedding planning. Super excited to roll out new stuff.
Lots of love to everyone right now.