Saturday, August 13, 2016

366 Days Recaptured

It's difficult to believe that a year with my love has already passed. I guess that old, cliché adage is true, "Time flies when you're having fun." At times it feels like it's only been a few months and other times I'm comforted by the feeling that it seems like it's been this way forever. I'm looking forward to all of the fun that will inevitably be in store for us as we make our way forward, but first, a reflection of our last year.

The last 366 days have turned out to be a leap year filled with welcomed surprises. Day one started off with an apology, which led to a confession that was followed by a declaration and was finally sealed with a kiss.

So far, it's been a crazy, pinch-me-I'm-dreaming kind of adventure and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

We've been wine tasting in Napa with friends, watched the super moon eclipse from the front lawn, and shared our first bottle of wine over a delicious home cooked meal that we made together. We've been to festivals, spent the holidays together with our families, and welcomed in the New Year with a well-deserved kiss. 

We've been to parties, celebrated family birthdays, and indulged in a little pampering. We've spent endless hours treasure hunting, took a whirlwind weekend road trip for my birthday (all a surprise and planned by him), and experienced quite an eventful trip to Reno in the Tesla.

We've been camping, let the sounds of music soothe our souls at concerts, and enjoyed a little VIP treatment along the way. We've explored new towns, taken countless trips to the coast, and we are currently waiting in anticipation to leave on our tropical vacation.

We've been making up for lost time. We've been making each and every moment count. We've been living our lives to the fullest and loving each other unconditionally along the way. Our love for each other is never-ending and there is no doubt it will stand the test of time. Nothing and no one will stand in our way because the bond of our love cannot be broken.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Simple Pleasures

Everything about work lately has been riddled with stressors. Thankfully, I was able to take a day off to recharge and regain part of my sanity in the process. Sleeping in until 7AM, having a small cup of coffee, and some avocado toast helped me begin my day bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. It was also a beautiful morning, so I made sure I didn't squander it and squeezed in a walk around the lake to truly get my morning started off on the right foot.

It's amazing the number of people who stare at their phones while walking the path. It seems like such waste to me. Granted, I did quickly take out my phone to snap this photo when I first arrived, but I didn't take it out again for the remainder of my walk. I don't know if it's the whole Pokémon Go craze or if people are just too connected at all times, but I'd rather take in the view of the hills, watch the dragonflies hover, the ducks swim, and the ground squirrels run around. I like to people watch and smile as I make eye contact with strangers. I like to enjoy the breeze and feel the sun kissing my skin. I like to appreciate the small things. 

While I can't change the people around me, I can make an effort to stay present and in the moment. I've certainly done a lot of that today and let me tell you, it feels so good.