How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.--Stephen Covey

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Starting 2012 with a Positive Attitude

Gosh, this year was difficult. I had my tonsils removed, half of my thyroid removed, and my gallbladder removed. All in a matter of a month. And it took 7-months to get everything figured out. And then there is the whole situation of my mom being diagnosed with breast cancer again... Yea, I think it's safe to say that I hated 2011.

While I feel like my health problems this year have taken over everything (and how could they not have when I have been feeling like crap), I have had some pretty awesome times as well. Jake and I finally got married and threw the wedding without having to put it on credit (relief!!). I started my first "big-girl" job as a therapist. We did some traveling this year and actually went to Stone Mountain Park here in the ATL for the first time (and we've lived here since 2007!!).

It's really quite simple what I am hoping for next year:
  • Good health for me and my mom
  • For Jake and I to continue to grow in our relationship
  • To focus on being healthy -- eating right, exercising, etc.
  • To spend more time with God (I'm going to keep a prayer journal)
I am hoping that 2012 is much better for my family and I. Jake could really use the decrease in stress, and I could really use my health to be "normal" again. I want to be able to work out again. I want to be able to get skinny again. And I want to be happy again.

Here are some pics from our year:

Snowapocalypse Jan. 2011 - This snowfall shut down the entire state (basically) for about a week with yucky icy conditions.

Bridal shower in FL

Bridal Shower in ATL

Professional Engagement pics
Credit to Sarah Tunstall Photography

On May 8th, Jake and I finally got married!! eek :)

Our honeymoon in Orlando, FL.
And this is my 26th birthday.
Tacky Sweater party

Christmas Eve - Going to Christmas service at Church.

Here is to many more years for Jake and I. And lots of good things to happen in 2012. We definitely deserve some happy times after all that we have been through. I hope all my followers have a wonderful NYE and stay safe! I will see you all in THE NEW YEAR!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy New Year!

We have finally been able to leave 2011 in our dust!! ugh, what a crap-tastic year! I'm determined to make 2012 my year. I have lost 7 months this year due to being sick--first my thyroid and now my gallbladder (no, you didn't miss a post, I just haven't updated in awhile...). After my partial thyroidectomy and tonsillectomy, I am feeling better, but I'd say only about 70% better. My pesky little gallbladder is causing all sorts of havoc now too... but more on that later.

In 2012:

  • I will be healthy
  • I will reach my goal weight
  • I will continue to be a good wife to Jake
  • I will spend more time with God
  • Jake and I will take a good vacation that won't result in me hovering around the toilet the last day/night of the vacation (honeymoon)
  • Jake and I will see more family
  • I will be able to work full-time, even though it'll be difficult at first
  • We will save money
I hated 2011. It was supposed to be a good year because Jake and I finally got married, and that was an amazing and awesome part of the year. But right after that I got sick and everything has been about my health. And I haven't been able to do a lot of things because of it... everything we did took extra effort for me because I was always so exhausted. Thyroid problems are no joke. Seriously, everything is affected. But 2012 will be a good year. I am determined.

In 2011, I:
  • Married my high school sweetheart & love of my life
  • Lost 2.5 organs
  • Found out my mom doesn't carry the breast cancer genes
  • Shared Atlanta with some of my family when they were in town for the wedding
  • Secured my first big-girl job as a therapist
  • Made new friends
  • Put my trust in God
All in all, there were some great things that happened in 2011... it just was overall a pretty yucky year. 2012 will be better [after this cold leaves me and I get everything figured out with my heart] and I am determined to become strong, happy and healthy this year!

Friday, December 9, 2011


Yesterday Jake and I celebrated our 9-years of being together--and 7-months of being married. We didn't do anything special, so I wouldn't exactly call it "celebrating", but I think 9-years of being together definitely deserves some recognition and celebration. We've been together for longer than a lot of people have been married. And we've gone through our twenties together and gone against the grain of what the twenties is "supposed to look like". We've been through 2 different periods of long-distance dating. We stayed together during college. Jake supported me during my masters program. And lately, we've been dealing with all my sickness.

Seriously, if there is a husband of the year award, can I sign Jake up??? He definitely deserves it this year.

I wish that I had a ton of relationship advice. But mostly what has gotten us through 9-years of ups and downs is dedication, communication, and trust. And, of course, love. And that is what will get us through all the years we have ahead of us, married. Although, we treated our dating years as we will treat our married years. Our relationship during our dating years was just as cherished as our vows to be during our marriage. That is what held us together during the 8.5 years of dating before we got married--we weren't fickle, we weren't interested in "what else is out there", all we knew is that we loved each other, thought we were perfect for each other and worked through it. We're not the norm. We go against the grain when it comes to relationships in our generation. We are more old-fashioned, wanting a long, happy, loving life together. It won't always be easy (as we have discovered in the last 6 months due to my health), but we are there for each other always.

It was easy for us to go from our dating life into our married life. There was no adjustment. In our eyes, we were already "married" and were just waiting for it to be socially accepted and have the little piece of paper indicating our marriage date. We won't do anything big for our dating anniversary anymore since we are married, but 9-years of being together definitely deserves to be recognized and celebrated. Especially since, in a time when divorce is all too easy and accepted, we have made it longer than a lot of marriages. That is an accomplishment.

So what did we do? I cooked up some split pea soup in the crockpot and we watched "The Biggest Loser" from this week that we had DVRed and just cuddled on the couch. Simple. Besides, I'm not quite eating normally again yet and if we were to go out to dinner, I'd want to get some sushi and we prefer to go on Monday/Tuesday for 2 for 1 sushi :) It was a perfect night in for us. We're aren't very crazy to begin with...

So, here a Happy 9-years of Being Together to my amazing, hubby-of-the-year in my heart, husband!! <3 Here is to many more years of "us".
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