5 Things I'm Loving

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Walks to the library
I tutor at the library twice a week so the mile walk is familiar enough I could do it in my sleep. It feels so therapeutic to just turn my brain off and let my thoughts wander while enjoying fresh air and the perfect weather we get here in the bay area. 

The Body Book
It seems kind of crazy reading a "health book" by Cameron Diaz but this book is seriously so good. It is all about how to love and embrace the natural abilities and capabilities of your body and learning how to fuel it and keep it healthy all while keeping a healthy positive attitude. I am about halfway through it right now and can't put it down!

Getting out of my Comfort Zone 
I've really been trying to make a conscious effort to do things lately that put me out of my comfort zone. I think this is so important and really helps stretch you and mold you into becoming a stronger individual. I may not always show it but I am naturally pretty shy and it feels good to let go of some of my inhibitions are try things that are new and different.

It has been a while since we had visitors so I am so excited for Tim's family to come visit this weekend! We have some really great things planned and I can't wait to show them around our neck of the woods. It can be tough to live thousands of miles away from family so visits are definitely the best. We can't wait!

English Muffins With Avocado
I am totally addicted. It is so simple but so yummy. I just toast me english muffin and then slice up an avocado and put it on top. I am supposed to add more salt to my diet so I sprinkle a little salt on top and it is amazing. Add a slice of tomato and you have the perfect snack! 

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!