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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coffee Talk.

If we were meeting for coffee outside, I might try to convince you to get this green drink instead. It's delicious and refreshing and for a coffee addict lover like me to go to Starbucks and get something other than coffee, you know it's good. 

And if we were having coffee here, we'd most definitely be outside. Because Florida got it's warmth back and I'm super happy about it. 

I'd tell you that my friend Erica had me over on her blog answering some questions. A lot of people email me asking me the question she asked about finding time to blog, and then when I email them back, never respond. I assume it's because I didn't have the kind of answer they were hoping for, since my answer is basically something along the lines of just do it. So I'd ask for your answer: How do you make time for things that aren't your full-time job, but are still important to you? 

Speaking of making time for things and saving time, I'd tell you that these have been a lifesaver over the last few weeks. Just toss one of those and some meat and veggies in the crockpot and wham bam, dinner is ready 6 hours later.   

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that the last week has been a huge wake-up call for me in terms of what's most important in life. Last week, I was watching the Bachelor finale with two friends and Chris. We were sitting on the floor eating Chuy's takeout while Jack was running around the room making us all laugh. And I thought, this. This is an important thing.  Sure, I had to wake up the next day and work. I still had uncomfortable emails to respond to. Disappointing news to deal with. But on the heels of a night where I really enjoyed what was truly important, the other, not-so-fun things didn't feel like as big of a deal anymore. I'd ask you if you were giving the most important things in your life a high enough priority, or if that's something you were working on, too. 

Your turn! What's going on with you?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On Good Days & Bad Days.

Dear You, 

You will have good days. Days that make you happy to be alive. Days that make you thankful that you are the one living your life. Days where you notice how good even the little things are--the way the sun is shining, the way your favorite song makes you feel, the way your heart beats in your chest after a workout. 

You will have bad days. Days where it feels hard to just be alive. Days that you wish you could have been dealt a different hand in life. Days where you notice how bad even the little things are--the way the check engine light only comes on when you're already upset, the way you can't sleep through the night anymore, the way that absolutely nothing is going the way it is supposed to go. 

Life is made up of both of these days. I wish that I could say there was always a balance, but there's not. Some seasons are made up of mostly good days, but some are made up of mostly bad days, with no breaks in between. No matter how many good days you've had, the bad ones still suck. The fact that you've had good days doesn't make the bad days hurt less. But the good news is that when the good days show up, they show up with all their good day magic, no matter how many bad days you've had. 

On the good days: Live them to the fullest. Celebrate every tiny, warm, perfect, delicious detail. Don't waste a single minute of them looking ahead to what might happen in the future or thinking about bad things that have already happened. Just live the good days, in the moment, as they come. Let them remind you how good life can be.

On the bad days: Remember that you'll be okay. If history is any indication, you have a pretty good track record of making it through these. It's okay that the smallest things upset you. It's okay that you feel convinced that the whole world is against you today. If you can find nothing else good, remember that having a bad day means you are still alive, and that's something. Let the bad day just be a bad day, ask for help if you need it, and go to bed with the hope that tomorrow will be a good day. 

You will have good days and bad days. You will make it through both. Both will shape the wonderful, magical person you are. And both are a reminder of the incredible, phenomenal gift: You are alive. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

My Favorite Things I Discovered in 2016.

Yogi Teas. I've been singing the praises of the honey lavender stress relief tea, but that's just one of many Yogi teas I discovered last year. They have a tea for everything. Some of my other favorites are vanilla-spice perfect energy and the pomegranate green tea. Bonus: All of the tags on the tea bags have little sayings like fortune cookies. 

Mrs. Meyer's Baking Soda Scrub. I discovered this when we were moving out of our apartment and were trying to make sure we left everything super clean (AKA, we wanted our security deposit back).  To be completely honest, I'd never really deep cleaned anything before without my mom telling me exactly how, so I kind of just went down the cleaning aisle at Target and threw one of everything into my cart. This stuff is some sort of black magic. Our sink, our shower, our oven...this took care of all of them. I'm telling you. Black magic. 

Bubba Tumbler. This was maybe my best purchase of 2016. That's saying a lot, because I bought a bunch of stuff last year (hello, new baby and new house). I am constantly raving about how I find drinking more water to be literally life-changing. It probably annoys everyone I know, but whatever. 

As everyone knows, the best way to make yourself drink more water is to 1) Have a cute cup, and 2) Have a straw. This has both, and the straw is silicone, which I'd never seen before. It's so easy to carry around, fits in cup holders, and keeps your drink cold. It's awesome. 

It's 35 ounces, which means just filling it up twice gets you past your recommended 8 glasses a day mark. I easily fill it up 5 times a day. I will probably buy these as gifts for the rest of the year, if that gives you any idea as to how obsessed I am with mine. 

Essie Gel Couture Polish. I am a nail polish hoarder. Until I moved in May, I still had nail polishes that I had bought while in college. Let me just explain to you how much I love this polish: I threw away all of my other nail polishes. I can get ten days of wear with this one. It's worth it.

Yoga with Adriene. I've never really been a yoga person. I've been to a few classes and done a few at-home videos, but it was never something I just really loved. After I had Jack, I tried yoga as a way to ease my body back into being active (because, ya know, growing an actual human for 40 weeks really does a number on you). I discovered this youtube channel and loved it. 

Over the fall, I started doing one of her videos every day, and (warning, I'm about to sound like a giant, crunchy hippie here) it did wonders for my stress levels. It's also the first workout I've ever done where I could really see myself getting stronger day-to-day.  If you think you're not a yoga person, try these videos. There are hundreds to choose from and something for every skill level.

LulaRoe Leggings. Before pregnancy, I was not a leggings person. I just wasn't. But then I discovered maternity leggings and proceeded to wear them for 9 months. And then as long as I could get away with them after Jack was born, too. Then I realized I should probably buy normal leggings, since I wasn't pregnant anymore. I started seeing Lularoe pop up on social media and loved all the different patterns (I'm a bright colors & pattern junkie). 

Embarrassing story: I had never purchased any LulaRoe, but when I moved to Gainesville, I didn't know anyone here. I joined a local facebook group and a girl who was also a part of the medical community posted about selling LulaRoe. So naturally I literally bought a pair of leggings so I could pick them up and meet her and we could become friends. Spoiler alert: It didn't work. BUT it did leave me wanting more of these leggings. So when I saw my sweet friend Janelle opened her own LulaRoe shop, I was so excited. She was made for this-she takes such joy in putting together outfits and helping people find something they feel wonderful in. 

I'm not lying when I tell you I wear these leggings at least once a week. They got crazy popular for a reason. It weirds me out that people call them "butter leggings" because that's such a weird image, but honestly, I get why they do. They're so soft. 

I told Janelle I was going to be blogging about this today and she offered to give away a pair of leggings (because she is the sweetest). I'm gonna jump in with her and give away a pair. Enter here:

Okay, your turn. What kind of things did you discover last year?

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Year on the Other Side of Match Day.

Tomorrow, medical students and their families all across America will find out where they will spend the next 3-7 years of their lives....all at the same time. (If that sounds like an insane way for that to happen, it's because it is. You can read about the actual Match Day here). A year ago, we were waiting for the same thing. 

I blogged a lot about Match Day because it was such a huge event in our lives, and I was surprised by how much everyone could relate. People waiting for an envelope to tell them their future is a pretty specific group, but people who are confused about their future and frustrated by things out of their control is not. In that way, even though all of our stories may be different, we can all help each other and learn from each other, and I think that's pretty cool. 

If I could go back a year and give myself a pep-talk before Match Day, this is what I'd say: 

1. However you are feeling right now, it is okay. For a few days last year, I fell into the trap of feeling like because I was anxious about the future, I wasn't being a supportive wife to Chris. That's crap. There is no right or wrong way to feel about these kinds of things. So the days I was excited about a new adventure, that was okay. The days I was scared and anxious about moving, that was okay too. 

2. No matter what happens, you will still be the same person. I wish I could go back and tell myself: You will wake up tomorrow and still be all of the things that you love. And you will wake up a year from now and still be a writer and a mom and a wife. Circumstances change a lot of things, but not the most important things. 

3. You are more adaptable than you think. Me a year ago was very resistant to change. This is funny coming from someone that had a baby last year, but hey, just being honest. It's almost comical to look back and see how worried I was about the change Match Day would bring, because really, that was the least of ways I've had to adapt in the last 365 days. But I've done it! And while the term, I welcomed change is a bit of a stretch, I've gone along with it. And handled it all without falling apart. And--dare I say--even enjoyed some of it. 

4. Celebrate the journey. Sometimes we get so caught up in how far there is to go and how many obstacles that are along the way that we forget to celebrate how far we've come. Every step of the journey deserves to be celebrated, especially when you've worked hard to get where you're at.

Ironically, these are all reminders I can still use today. So I thought I'd share them, because maybe you could use them too. Whether you have a big, looming decision like Match, or you're just confused or going through a difficult time, remember that it's okay to feel however you're feeling, that you are and will continue to be the same person, that you are more adaptable than you believe, and that you deserve to celebrate how far you've come. 

And if you're participating in the Match tomorrow, as a medical student or a medical student's partner, my heart is with you. You've got this. 
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring Clean Your Life.

My friend Lindsay blogged a few weeks ago about spring cleaning your life, and I was inspired by her post and wanted to add my own!  

First, I just want to say that this is the first year of my life that I've ever been not-miserable when thinking about actual cleaning. It's because of the cleaning products that keep talking about. I swear I don't secretly own stock in this company, I just really freaking love them and think that maybe if you hate cleaning as much as I do, you also need to fall in love with them. This week I'm going to rave about the glass cleaner, because it somehow works better than Windex without making me feel like I'm suffocating when I smell it, and the daily shower cleaner (you just spray it right on, no need to scrub) that smells like eucalyptus and mint, aka MY SHOWER SMELLS LIKE A SPA.

But anyway. On to spring cleaning your life. 

Unsubscribe from email lists you've somehow ended up on. This was on Lindsay's list, but I'm putting it here too. You really don't need to be notified every time every place you've ever shopped at has a sale, I promise. 

Donate clothes that no longer fit you. I've got two not great things going for me here: One, I was crazy tiny for most of my life. Two, I am a clothes hoarder. My parents taught me to take good care of my clothes, and I did. And I just added my own advice to the end of that: "And keep them forever!" So now I've got tons of (very tiny) clothes in my closet that will probably (definitely) never ever fit me again. 

If you're like me, then when you're getting dressed and you see a really cute dress, only to realize it's approximately 84 sizes too small, you don't feel too great about yourself. So donate them. Help someone else by simultaneously helping yourself not have a breakdown every time you get dressed. 

Delete old phone numbers. Jack got a hold of my unlocked phone the other day and decided to make some phone calls of his own. That was all it took for me to start deleting old numbers. If it takes me more than 10 seconds to explain to you who I am, I probably shouldn't have your number. 

Delete old emails and texts. On the same topic, if you don't talk to someone anymore, you shouldn't feel the need to save their texts. If you no longer work for a company, you don't need to save those emails.  

Clean up your spending and make it more about happiness. This year, when it comes to spending money outside of necessities (like rent and diapers), I've worked really hard to 1) Save money for our upcoming vacation, and 2) Spend money only on things that really make us happy. So we're not just going to mindlessly eat out because I'm tired and don't feel like cooking, we're going to eat out because Mexican food sounds great and we want to go to our favorite little place together. I'm not going to buy a new dress just because it's pretty and I can afford it, I'm going to buy a new dress that I know I'll wear all year and that will make me happy whenever I wear it. 

At the end of the day, we all only have so much money. Even if you've got lots of it, at some point, it runs out. So work on consciously deciding where to spend it, and spend it on things that are going to bring you happiness. 

Clear some room for taking breaks. Yesterday was a very heavy day for reasons that aren't mine to tell. I usually wake up, write some blogs, and work out. It's a routine that's been good for me, but yesterday, I just needed a break. So I took one-no writing, no working out, no planning. I just sat in bed and drank my coffee, and it was exactly what I needed. 

I want to start doing that on a normal basis, not just when I have a hard day. Taking a break is so good. Slowing down is good. Not jumping right into your to-do list at 100 mph every single day is good. So clear up some room for taking those breaks. 

How will you spring clean your life this month?

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Your Life is Worth Celebrating.

We're vacation planning right now and it is so much fun. I'm so excited. Everything seems so much more on vacation: More relaxing, more fun, worth spending more money on. More. 

Last week, my friend Helene said, "When I travel I tend to notice things more." I've been thinking about that a lot and how true that is. We tend to notice so much more beauty on vacation. We find beauty in things that we may not notice in our day-to-day lives. We wouldn't dream of missing the sunset when we're on vacation. We take 8,329 pictures of that sunset, even though we have one in our own backyard every single night that we rarely even think about. 

On vacation, we (or at least I do) spend a lot of time planning where we'll be eating, looking up cute and delicious places. We try new types of wine. We really take everything in. We carry a spirit of celebration around with us, whether we're eating breakfast or sitting by the pool or looking at ancient monuments. 

Traveling is amazing, and for me, will always make things seem more special. It will always be easier to be more relaxed or more adventurous when I'm on vacation. But I also don't want to fall into the pattern of only celebrating life during those times. 

I don't want to not watch the sunset just because it's a Monday and I've had a lot of work. I don't want to not try new things just because it's a normal week. I don't want to settle for boring food instead of researching cute and delicious dinner places, just like I do on vacation. 

Real life has more responsibilities than time off does, I know that. But I also know that I could be way better at celebrating real life more. I slow down and drink my coffee in the morning. I could try a new bottle of wine. I could take a walk. I could eat sushi just because it's Tuesday and wear bright, fun clothes because I have to wear something, you know? I could add little celebratory moments in. And so could you. 

Because your life is worth celebrating. So celebrate it. Watch the sunset and listen to good music and open your windows and drink your coffee and slow down and notice and savor and celebrate

Happy Monday, friends. Let's celebrate it. 
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Friday, March 10, 2017

3 Things You Need to Know About.

Happy Friday! I spent the majority of yesterday thinking it was Friday, so I'm extra happy to see today. I plan on spending the majority of the weekend by the pool, or at the beach (or maybe both!), and also vacation planning. I asked for suggestions on instagram and got some good ones, so I've been researching beaches and condos and it's making me so excited. Who else loves the planning part of vacation?!

Now, on to three things you need to know about:

NBC has a This is Us playlist that they update every week. One of the ways this show reminds me of Parenthood (besides all of the ways) is the music. Their music choices are just so good. To be fair, if you actually watch This is Us, these songs will probably make you cry, but hey-they're really good songs. 

This face mask. And also this one. I've been using these both for about a week now and can actually tell a difference in my skin, which is great. 

Yoga for Anxiety. If you've had one of those weeks, take 15 minutes this weekend and go through this video. Sometimes you don't realize how tense you are until you take a break and stretch it out, and sometimes you don't realize how much you need to just sit and breathe until you do it.  

However you're spending this weekend, I hope it's a good one!

Now, tell me something I need to know about! 
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

8 Reasons to Just be Happy Today.

We live in a world where coffee exists. Amen & Amen.

As of this weekend, the sun hangs around a little longer. Which means that 1) SUMMER IS COMING and 2) You won't feel like it's time to go to bed at 6:30. Just kidding. You'll still be just as tired, but it will be light outside. 

You can buy almost anything on Amazon. Every single day Jack becomes more of his own person, which is both insanely fun to watch and insanely hard to handle when I'm trying to shop for a bunch of things. A few things I order on Amazon now: My favorite lipstick, cleaning supplies (because it's so much easier to order them than carrying all those to the car with a toddler in tow), sunglasses (I bought these and they make me feel 4,032 times cooler than I actually am), totally unnecessary pool accessories, the list goes on and on.

You can do anything, you can be anything. Watch this video and be reminded of what a privilege life is. If that doesn't motivate you to get up and take this day on, I don't know what will. 

You have the ability to make someone's day. You can be an encourager or a secret gift giver or a compliment speaker or a kindness confetti thrower and that's just pretty cool.

You can watch every episode of This is Us online for free. Life is good. 

Sunshine. Here, at least! The sun is out and five minutes in it makes everything seem better.

Chances are, most of the things you don't like about your life are totally possible to change. And that's worth being happy over. 

What's your reason to just be happy today?

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Things I Believe in This Week.

Good smelling cleaning products. They 1) Motivate you to actually clean and 2) Make your house seem cleaner than it is. The ones I mentioned last week were delivered and I have used them every day (who AM I?) because they just smell so tropical. And when your house smells that good, it automatically seems clean...even if you haven't done laundry in seven years. My favorites right now are this grapefruit one and this glass cleaner. The fact that I am this excited about a glass cleaner should tell you something.

Stress relief tea. I know I keep talking about this tea, but good gracious it has been my bff this week. How can a cup of hot water instantly taste like it's full of actual honey and lavender? I don't know the answer to that, but I do know that these people have made a way to relax you without making you sleepy and hello, that is a reason to celebrate. Or at least to drink this tea. Whatever. 

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Sunshine. It makes everything seem better. Seriously. Jack walks now (STILL WEIRD) and I've been taking him on actual walks (you know, where we both walk) (still so weird) in front of our house in the afternoons and I swear the sunshine puts us both in a better mood. 

Post-workout yoga. This is the first time in my life where I'm working out hard enough to be uncomfortably sore the next day (which probably means I've never actually worked out before but we won't talk about that), and while everyone says you should stretch after, I have no idea what kind of stretches to do. My girl Adriene just posted a post-workout yoga video and it's six minutes of stretches and it works. I've been waking up feeling less like I got run over by a truck. 

Finding something good in every day. I realize this is about to make me sound like such a hippie, but I think positivity is so powerful. And even if you don't have a super great day, if you make yourself find something in your day that was good, you have a way better attitude. And I don't know about you, but I'm a happier person when that happens. 

What do you believe in this week?

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Monday, March 6, 2017

You Can Do It.

Have you ever felt frozen in your life? Like you just couldn't do anything? Maybe because of depression, or maybe you felt overwhelmed by how much had fallen on your plate, or you were afraid of what was next, or exhausted, or just unmotivated and over it. 

If you have, and you've told someone about it, you know there are three types of people. 

There's the person who responds in the, buck up sunshine, it could be worse, get it together kind of way (not helpful). 

There's the person who jumps in and starts wallowing with you. You're right, life is so hard and this sucks and I don't know if you can do it, either (it can be helpful to commiserate with someone, but if it stops there, also not helpful). 

And then there's the person who looks at you and says, you can do it. I believe in you (ding ding ding). 

We could all use a little more of that third person in our lives, so that's what I wanted to throw at you today. 

So hey. You can do it. 

That to-do list that you have to do, but keeps getting longer and can do it. 

The overwhelming amount of responsibilities that you shouldn't have to deal with alone, but certain circumstances have made it that've got this. I know you do. 

The work project you were volunteered for and feel like you are in way over your are going to work hard and be so successful. 

The degree you've been chipping away at forever and think might actually be the death of're going to finish strong. 

The dream that you're so afraid of failing at that you can't bring yourself to start...get started, because you can do it. 

Whatever you're dealing with today...a kitchen full of dirty dishes or a broken relationship or a job hunt or a big dream or a scary can. do. it. It may take a lot of hard work, but good news: You can work hard! It may take longer than you hoped, but that's fine. It may be messier than you thought for, but that's okay. 

Whatever it is that you need to do today, you can do it. I believe in you. 

And then, once you've done it...the big, hovering, intimidating thing, you get to turn to someone else who is also frozen and say, Hey! You've got this. You can do it too. 

So go forth with your second (third) cup of coffee and just do it. Because you can. 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Coming in Live.

Today is one of those rare days where I woke up early on my own, Jack is still sleeping, and I can sit here with a cup of coffee and just write a post for today. Live stream, if you will. And whoa, is this what blogging was like when I first started and didn't know that you could schedule posts and had all the free time ever? Miss you, 20-year-old Chelsea. But not that much. 

We took Jack to Universal last weekend. He loved the barney show, and laughed and clapped and it killed me. Then we let him actually walk around his area and that killed me, too. Straight to the heart. How is it possible to love someone so much that just watching them be happy makes you want to burst into tears? Life is weird. And good. 

Just to touch on how absolutely INSANE time is, these pictures were taken a year apart in the same place: 

And now...

He's way more fun at Universal now. Way more work, but way more fun. 

In other breaking news that you clearly need to know about, I deep cleaned my house yesterday with all of my new favorite cleaners I mentioned last week, and oh my goodness everything smells so good. I got the clementine cleanergrapefruit cleaner, and sea salt and lime cleaner. Basically, my house smells like a tropical vacation and I'm all about that. 

It's March, which means we're coming up on a year from Match Day. I'll write more about that soon, I'm sure, but it's already given me all of the feelings. I posted this on instagram because the date reminded me that a year ago, I was hysterically panicking over where we were going to live. I was trying to take care of a newborn baby and trying to make deals with God and trying to not just full on lose it on a daily basis. I was terrified of ending up in some snowy tundra (my love for Florida runs deeeeep), far away from family and with no friends. And then, a year later, here I am. Reading a book by my perfect little pool in my perfect little neighborhood in my perfect town in Florida. Sometimes life doesn't work out how you wanted, and that sucks. But sometimes, on rare occasion, it works out exactly as you had hoped. And I'll never stop being thankful for that. 

Happy Friday, friends. I hope you have the best weekend. I'm learning lately that the best things in life are really just collections of little moments, so I hope that your weekend is full of perfect little moments. Hot coffee and a good show and a neighborhood walk and a trip to your favorite store. Warm dinner and clean sheets and a good conversation. The best little things. 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Things That Didn't Go According to Plan.

Graduating college. I was extremely paranoid about graduating college. For months, I made pointless meetings with my advisor to go over things "one last time" because I just had a gut feeling something was off. I even met with a second advisor, because I couldn't shake the feeling. Aaaand my gut was right. 

Two days after class registration had closed for my last semester, I got a letter saying that a mistake had been made and I was one credit short of graduating. When I went to talk to both advisors, they simply shrugged and told me mistakes happen and I'd just have to hang around one final semester.

I emailed every single class that still had room and begged them to let me in, and they all said no. So I moved on to emailing professors I'd had a good relationship with, and finally, one emailed me back and said they had a TA spot and if I worked for free, I'd get a credit. Sold. 

It turned out that one of my best friends was also a TA for him, and it also turned out that he wasn't really excited about teaching a night class. So, he didn't. He left, and for eight weeks, we taught an adult night course of Com 1 all by ourselves. It was terrifying and fun and it taught me a lot. And while I still get angry when I think about how that school tried to screw me over, I wouldn't change that experience for anything. 

Buying a house. I am not the best decision maker. I need a lot of time and details to decide on something. So basically I am a nightmare person to try to buy a house with because that is a huge decision. 

We came up to Gainesville and spent a whole day looking at houses. We left, having narrowed it down to two. I thought that one house was a clear front runner and Chris thought the other house was a clear front runner, so we spent a few days talking pros and cons and looking at the pictures online every five minutes. After much deliberating, we finally picked one. I had a doctor's appointment that morning, so we texted our realtor that we were ready to make an offer and we'd call her after my appointment. 

When I walked back into the waiting room, I could tell something was wrong. Chris told me that in the time it took for my appointment (maybe 30 minutes), someone else had made an offer and it had been accepted. 

The problem with buying the second house was that we'd spent three days talking ourselves out of it, so we decided to go look at it one more time. On our way up there, Chris pulled out his iPad and found a new listing he thought we should see since we were already there. And that was our house.

It was so perfect for us that both Chris and our realtor got on the phone with the owners and the bank before we'd even seen all of the rooms. And we never would have seen our perfect house had the other one not fallen through.

Having a baby. Not only did this not go according to plan...there just wasn't a plan. That's how far away we (thought we) were from starting a family. We hadn't even talked about timing. 

And then, surprise! Jack happened. And it has been better than if I had been able to plan it myself. 

Matching in Gainesville. I've said before that the match process is crazy. Once Chris sent in his applications, I wrote the names of all the cities on index cards and either hung them on our wall (if he got an interview there) or threw them away (if he got rejected). I had a feeling that we were supposed to live in Gainesville, but I didn't realize how heavily I was trusting that feeling until Chris got a rejection email from them. It devastated me to throw that card away. I called my mom and cried because I had truly thought we were supposed to end up there, and now that wasn't even an option. 

And then, a month later, Chris got a phone call from someone saying they didn't know how a mistake was made, but his rejection email was sent by mistake, and could he please come in for an interview? And three days before Jack was born, he did. And two months later, we matched there.

Life is weird and exciting and strange and wonderful and funny. 

Tell me about something that didn't go according to plan for you!

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spending Your March: A To-Do List for Adventuring Through the Month.

1. Give something up for Lent. Even if you don't officially observe Lent and the reasons behind it, it can be a good reason to go without something unhealthy for 40 days. It's easier to kick a bad habit when people all around the world are also giving things up. 

2. Meet up (or facetime) with an old friend you haven't talked to in a while. 

3. Set some career goals. Maybe you love your job and want to set some goals so you can continue working your way up. Maybe your career goal is to find a new job. Or to make more money from your blog so you can quit your job. Either way, if you don't spend time thinking about how to work toward what you want, you'll never get there. 

4. Watch the sunset. 

5. Get a library card! There is no excuse to not do this if you like reading. FREE BOOKS. HELLO.

6. Buy some spring colored nail polish. Like this one. And this one

7. Get rid of the winter clothes you went all season without wearing. Donate the coat you haven't worn in three years so someone else can wear it.

8. Buy yourself flowers.

9. Work on making at least one night a week stress-free. Ideally more than one, but I know we all have work we do at night after our actual work is done. But try for at least one night a week where you just relax or do fun things, no cleaning or working involved. 

10. Start planning a summer vacation. Whether it'll happen this summer or next summer or in ten years, planning is fun.

11. Go get ice cream. Remember when you were a kid, and going to get ice cream was a big event? Do that again. 

12. Make whatever outside space you have somewhere you like to be. 

13. Pay for the coffee of the person behind you. 

14. Make a wish list at your library. 

15. Start a workout routine and stick with it for two weeks. If you don't like it at the end of two weeks, find another one. 

16. Get new sunscreen. Pool days are coming! Get rid of all your almost-empty, old sunscreens and get one you'll actually wear. 

17. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

18. Start planning a summer stay-cation. 

19. Take advantage of the time change and go for a walk after work. 

20. Identify one thing in your life you need to be better at and work on it. Like actually getting up when your alarm goes off, or drinking more water. 

21. Find fun drinks you like that aren't alcoholic. Alcoholic drinks are great, but when it's 2:00 on a Monday and you want something fun to drink, it's kind of frowned upon to make yourself a mojito. I've been drinking these and they are so freaking good. The grapefruit and cherry-lime are my favorites. 

22. Go to the park. 

23. Watch a show you've heard about but never started. Ahem, This is Us. 

24. Pick one area of your house to really spring clean. 

25. Try your hand at homemade ice cream. How adorable is this ice cream maker

26. Play tourist in your own city. 

27. Get a new bathing suit. And throw away your old ones that have seen better days. 

28. Play a card game instead of watching TV.

29. Perfect your iced coffee making skills. 

30. DIY a smoothie bowl. 

31. Have a picnic. Does anything else say "springtime" as much as a picnic? 

How will you be spending your March?
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