August 2013 archive

Day 32 – Our Amazing "Don’t Stop Believin’" Memory

We decided to come to my Mom’s house for the weekend.  It was a great ride down here.  The epic rendition of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ was the thing that dreams are made of.  The more time I spend with my husband the more I realize just how much I love him.

Now it’s time to settle down into a nice relaxing weekend with my family and no work for three days.  I plan to also take some time and work on my 5 year plan binder.  Hopefully it will be ok if I order my mom more ink when I leave.

I’m so excited to finally be here!  The only negative to living far away is not getting to see my parents as much as I want.


The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.
~Charles Kuralt

Day 31 – Never give up on your dreams

I can’t believe I’ve posted every single day for a solid month (I suppose yesterday could have been considered a month as well, but 31 just has a certain sense of authority to it).  Just 334 days to go.  

Today was a pretty productive day.  Work, grocery, workout, laundry, cook dinner, clean kitchen, pay all of the bills for September, and post on my blog.  I met every single goal that I set out for myself today.  I even got in a nice, long shower and some playtime with The Bear!

And the most important part is that I did it all with a smile.  

I didn’t feel aggravated today nor do I remember having any real negative thoughts at all. The IVR got a little boring towards the end of the day, but I fixed that by cranking up the Broadway music channel on my Pandora.  There’s nothing like hearing Idina Menzel belt out Defying Gravity at 3 o’clock on a Thursday.  Of course leaving it on the station also means that I flit about the house for the rest of the day singing, “I Have a Dream” from Les Mis.  Blerg.

We’re headed to Mayfield tomorrow and I must say that I’m quite excited.  I ordered a new air mattress so we don’t have to pay to stay in a hotel and I don’t have to leave in a hurry on Sunday morning.  This all means that I can actually ENJOY a visit to see my family for a change.  (do not take that personally, Mother, you know I mean the hotel/only there for 36 hour issues).

I looked into a few more things about planning our trip to the Pacific Northwest next year and I’m elated about my findings.  The more I read about that part of the country the more it calls to me.  I can hardly wait to see it.  Personally, I wish that we were driving there, but I think that’s going to have to wait until we have a bit more time on our hands.

I am so looking forward to having a break from school next week and a three day weekend this weekend.  It will be nice to spend some of my free time not doing homework or being sick. Perhaps I can FINALLY start working on my Smash Book from vacation!

It’s all starting to come together.  All the dreams that I’ve ever had are all starting to come true.  I have an amazing husband to share my life with.  A loving and supporting family.  A best friend that finally accepts me for me and doesn’t want to change things.  I’m almost finished with my first college degree.  The next five years are going to be amazing.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Day 30 – Let me tell you about my 5 year plan

May 2018 will be here before you know it!

Today I decided to finally put some formality into my 5 year plan.  I’ve nailed down the area where we want to live (assuming that we do finally rule out San Francisco, which I feel is highly likely) and I’ve decided to make a binder with all our plans and goals that we need to put into place in order to make that happen.  In May of 2018 I really my hope is to be on our way to the Pacific Northwest.  There are very few things that I can remember being this excited about.  This is going to be such an amazing adventure!

So for today’s photo post I’ve decided to use a picture of the area that we’ve nailed down.  The first step we plan to take in our efforts to choose a city to move to is our 3 year anniversary trip.  We’re going to see about flying into Portland, staying for a few days, then renting a car and finishing the trip in Seattle and flying home from there.  I’ve found several apartments for rent through VRBO and I hope to take the vacation and also do some research on the neighborhoods in that part of the Pacific Northwest.  

I feel like that part of the country will be extremely conducive to the active lifestyle that we are starting to adapt to.  Plus we love the idea of cloudy weather all the time.  Especially, me and my delicate fair skin and horrible fear of skin cancer every July. 

I’m feeling pretty motivated these days.  Let’s hope that I haven’t bit off more than I can chew.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

~Walt Disney

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