Being Reflective

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Life is crazy. I think I've finally come to accept the fact that things never go as planned and whenever long term things are planned, they are bound to change. A lot of things in our lives in the short nearly 2 years that Tim and I have been married have changed.

When we were dating Tim had accepted a job offer in Boston with Teach for America. A few months later we found ourselves living in Utah and Tim was working at Goldman Sachs instead. Total career change there!

After we got married I had finished my Master Esthetician program at Aveda and was planning on working in the skin care industry. Instead I made the decision to go back to school full time and finish my undergrad.

After seeing a Facebook post from a very old friend about his team at Google hiring I casually brought it up to Tim and a few months later we found ourselves selling most of our belongings and packing up our car to move to the San Francisco area having never been to the area and having no apartment lined up.

3 months later Tim knew the job was a terrible fit for him and we knew we had to make a change. After lots of prayers, networking, interviews, and worrying he found a job that fit what he actually majored in at BYU and the pay was actually something we could live off of in this area. This place is no joke. $$$

2 years later rather than having just finished up a 2 year contract with Teach for America we are living in the bay area, Tim is working in corporate strategy in San Francisco, I am starting an internship promoting literacy in the community with a semester to go until graduation and we are nowhere near where we thought we would have ended up.

Sometimes I spend so much time worrying about how to line things up perfectly for the future. Where are we going to end up, when is it going to make perfect sense to have kids, do we want to live abroad or live close to family, where to work once I graduate, where should we go for Tim's MBA etc. I feel like there is always a never ending list of questions but in the end there really is no sense in making a set path of what will happen because life always changes, and I think I'm okay with that.

Virginia is for Lovers

Thursday, August 14, 2014

We've finally reached the end of our summer trip to the east coast! We finished up in Richmond, VA to visit family there. As I was looking through my photos I realized we didn't all get a picture together. Bummer! 

Nate and Erica and Emerson (Tim's brother, his wife, and our niece) picked us up from our hotel in DC and we made the drive to the DC temple so they could go while we watched Emerson. We had so much fun playing aunt and uncle to that little cutie. This is definitely one of my favorite ages. 

We spent the next couple days exploring the area. I think my favorite part was walking along the James river. It was really cool to see a bridge that was burned down during the Civil War. You could still see remnants of it which was really neat. 

Of course we also ate lots of great food. Before we even got to Nate and Erica's we stopped at this incredible dessert spot. I think the photo explains itself. 

We love seeing family and definitely cherish the time we have together since we don't see family as much now that we are in California. We especially loved seeing Nate and Erica because they have lived on the other side of the country for as long as we have been married. We fell in love with little Emerson and can't wait to met your new little guy next time we see them! 

A Patriotic Week in DC & Giveaway Winner!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We had so much fun in DC! We left Philadelphia in the pouring rain and hopped on the bus to Washington DC. Besides being majorly car sick and soggy from the rain it was not a bad ride. It was fun to see more of the east coast as we drove through it. 

We were trying to make this trip as low cost as possible so we decided to take the short 3 mile walk from Union Station to our hotel with all 4 of our bags in the middle of a hot August day. Let's just say it felt great to take a cool shower once we got to our room!

We relaxed and explored around our hotel the first night before our busy day of museums the following day. I am a little crazy about WWII things. I love reading books, watching movies, and visiting museums about it. It started at a young age but I really developed a deeper interest in it in college when my weight training teacher told me about his experience surviving the holocaust as a young boy. With that being sad the first item on the list was the holocaust museum. I have been wanting to see this for years so I was so glad that we got to go on this trip. It was absolutely incredible. I think everyone needs to see it. There was one exhibit where I just lost it though. You walk in and see 4,000 pairs of shoes in a pile that were gathered from a camp in Poland. Visually it was just overwhelming and then the smell... It was a really emotional experience for me. 

After that we toured the capitol building. It was really neat to see what it looked like on the inside and how different the old no longer used rooms are from the modern ones. On our last day we went to several of the Smithsonian museums and walked around the monuments. It was so hot and we seemed to walk and walk and walk. We mapped it out and we had walked about 90-100 miles so far on our trip of NYC, Philly, & DC. 

We of course saw lots of protests while we were in DC as well. The first day in DC we were able to get right up by the fence of the white house but after that there were barriers and tons of policemen. It was really interesting being in DC during the peak of all the ISIS craziness. I have never seen as many policemen or heard as many sirens as our few days in DC. It was pretty chaotic. 

We definitely fell in love with the east coast during this trip. I think we could live without the humidity though. There is basically no point in doing any hair & makeup. It is all a hot mess in about 20 minutes. 

The next morning my brother & sister in law and my cute niece came and picked us up. More on our trip to Richmond next time!

PS the winner of the Glymed Plus giveaway is Karrie Smith! Congratulations!!