Do More of What Makes You Happy

I was talking with a friend the other day and she made this comment about how quickly our life – mine and Rick’s – has evolved and changed over the past few years. Which is absolutely one hundred percent true. But if we’re really being honest, this is just how our life kind of works.

When Rick and I met, we both immediately knew that we were meant to be together. I know that sounds corny – but it’s really how our relationship played out. We were madly in love and spent every free moment of time together. We moved in together just months after meeting. We got Lucy – our first pup – the same weekend we got engaged, which was about nine months after meeting. A month later I quit my job and started working for myself. Less than a month after that we found out we were pregnant with Ricky. You can actually read our whole love story here.

We were married and pregnant – intentionally – within a year of meeting. Our life is busy and things move fast. This is the true story of our life.

So know that when I say the last eight or nine weeks have been a whirlwind, they have been particularly crazy. It’s a rush of emotions – feeling great one day, and then completely terrified of what comes next.

I’ve gained so much perspective on life since the beginning of May, I literally feel like I’ve aged – at least in terms of wisdom – by about thirty years. Losing a baby is eye opening. It makes you re-evaluate everything in your life. Figuring out how to really prioritize and make life work for what we want and what our family needs is not easy. But it is so, SO necessary. And what this leads into is…I’m making some changes.

We’ve had to really evaluate what we want from our next five years. I know that one thing I want is to be able to devote more time to my family – and know that I can mentally be focused on my child instead if twelve different places when we’re spending time together. This has been a huge struggle in my life – I’m a chronic multi-tasker and generally just have too many moving pieces to not operate this way.

ricky

I also know that my life goal is to share through my writing. So after lots of chats with my husband, I’ve decided to take a bit of a leap of faith. I’ve cut back my consulting hours and taken on some freelance work, which will be {God willing} growing over the future months. It’s a little terrifying to take on something so big and shiny, but every time I doubt that I’ve made the right decision something amazing comes my way.

I think this is a higher power telling me that I’m choosing the right path.

I’m so looking forward to this change and sharing my life and my writing in new ways. And I am so thankful for all of you who have sent me so many words of encouragement, told me to go after it and come back to continue reading our life and our story here.

THANK YOU.

I sincerely believe that your support and faith have helped push me to take this leap.

So: basically I’m not going anywhere, in terms of here. You’ll still see me here – hopefully MORE frequently. But I’ll also be on other places around the internetz.

ACK! What a great week.

happy

^^My new life motto.

Comments

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    says

    I’m so excited for you! We don’t know each other outside of a few interactions on Twitter & Instagram, but this makes me so happy! After reading about the loss of your sweet baby girl, I was truly inspired at how you were able to grieve openly & unapologetically, which is just as it should be. I suffered a miscarriage in May of 2013, and had been seriously struggling to “move on” until I read that you were experiencing a heartache similar to mine. The way you’ve been able to get back to business but still always keep her in your heart makes me feel like it’s okay to live my life without constant grief. Life does go on, and I’m so glad that yours is moving in a direction that you want!

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