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79- the countdown begins…

22 Aug


For those of you who weren’t along for the 365 til 30 ride, I counted down every day leading up to my 30th birthday with a blog post. Since turning 30, I’ve gotten out of the habit of blogging every day because, well, as truly amazing as that year was, blogging every damn day is hard work. You don’t get a break. Not to mention life has just gotten crazy with all the changes in the last year- I got engaged, Bri and I bought a home, we’ve built a home, planned a wedding and gotten a puppy. With all the commotion, I’ve barely had time to sneak in a quiet bath or get to a yoga class, let alone blog every day. It’s been a whirlwind- a whirlwind of blessings, of course, but a whirlwind nonetheless.

I’m ready to slow down. We are officially 79 days away from becoming man and wife and I want to let the joy of the next few months sink in. I want to soak in every second of the celebrations ahead as well as make a point to stay present and calm. Nothing helps me more in doing this than finding the time to write. It literally forces me to stay present because I’m constantly processing my responses to stresses, triumphs, fears and blessings. Considering that I leave for my bachelorette weekend tomorrow (BEYOND excited),  I thought what better time than now to reinstate my “blog every damn day” motto since it’s the start of the celebrations leading up to the big day. Not only will it help me stay present  but I thought it would be fun to bring you all along in the day-to-day of counting down to the wedding.

Hopefully it will be a fun 79 days and not 79 days of watching me have various meltdowns.

So back to the bachelorette weekend that I’m so excited about. Tomorrow I’m heading to Sedona which is one of my favorite places to vacation. There is something truly magical about the energy there. Brian’s parents also have an amazing house surrounded by red rock mountains, so that helps too. When deciding where I wanted to go for my bachelorette weekend it was the only spot that made sense. I’m not really a Vegas and stripper kind of gal. I’m more of a relax, swim, eat and drink copious amounts of wine with her favorite woman kind of gal.

My cohorts in crime for the weekend are Taline, Chantal & Rachel. These three girls have been through so many ups and downs with me and I couldn’t love them more. There are all like sisters to me. I met Taline in 7th grade and we’ve been best  friends ever since. Sure, we’ve had a few rough patches but it would be impossible not to during twenty years of friendship and luckily those rough patches have only made me love her more and trust in our friendship. She’s an amazing human and was an easy choice for my maid of honor. I met Chantal when I was twenty and she was married to my boyfriend’s best-friend. We’ve both since left those relationships but we left them gaining each other. She’s a rock in my life. She’s stood by me through it all and I’ve enjoyed our relationship through all its different phases. I met Rachel when I was twenty-seven and rented a room in the house she was living in. We immediately hit it off and have been attached at the hip ever since. Literally attached at the hip. She’s an inspiring energy in my life. All these woman bring such joy to my life and I can’t wait to have them stand next to me on the big day.

But until then, let’s get this bachelorette weekend started! It will begin tomorrow with an early morning flight (with bloody mary’s of course) to Phoenix.

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“May your bachelorette party be so fun that you don’t notice how annoyed the rest of the bar is”


wedding wednesdays

7 Aug


Guess where I am right now?? I’m at a coffee shop writing! I decided to escape my home office this afternoon because it is impossible to get anything done with Frank around. He’s not a fan of entertaining himself. I’m really hoping this is just a phase and not a character flaw. Because, homeboy needs constant attention. I had to escape for a few hours to get some space.  I’m sipping a latte and happily clicking away on my computer at my favorite coffee shop. Heaven. I feel like the old me right now and it feels so good. Am I a bad mom for admitting this?

The first thing I did when I settled in today was my love assignment. Our dear friend, Cori, is going to be our officiant at the wedding and she sent us both a love assignment to help her with the ceremony. Brian and Cori went to college together at Cal Poly and have been best friends ever since. She was one of the first friends that I met of his and I instantly loved her. She’s a beautiful and thoughtful human. An example of this…she sent me a birthday card this year filled with glitter and a list of reasons why she was happy I was born. I mean, beyond thoughtful, right? I just adore her. So when deciding on a person to marry us we both knew we wanted it to be her.

The assignment was a list of nine questions to answer about the beginning of our relationship. They took me on the sweetest trip down memory lane. It took me back to the days of awkward dates, first kisses and being filled with giddy excitement about the unknown. The exercise left me filled with gratitude. I haven’t taken much time to reflect on the joys of getting married amid all the stressful parts about planning a wedding and answering these questions reminded me how lucky I am to have met Brian. I am so grateful that the universe brought him back into my life after twelve years. I’m so grateful that despite being in a rocky place at the time that I was still able to recognize the gift I was being given. I am so grateful that he fell in love with me back. Seriously, finding the human you want to spend your life with is nothing short of a miracle. I wasn’t sure I’d ever find him and now here we are three months away from becoming man and wife.

I feel blessed.