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On trying to take a break

Today is a big day!! Two reasons, really. One, I got a new job recently and yesterday was my last day at my old one. It was not super pleasant. I will miss my coworkers!, but things were a little stressful otherwise and I'm really excited to do something new and exciting at my new job starting next week. But it's also surreal, that I won't be going back to my office of the past two whole years. That's still sinking in.

Oh, today is also kind of an important day around here since it mark 9 whole years of dating my wonderful husband (minus a few months here and there where we were "finding oursleves"--but those don't count against us! ;) ). We still like to celebrate our dating anniversary even though we've been married now almost two years, so it feels a little silly to continue celebrating our dating anniversary... but we've been doing it for 9 years, now, ya know?! We've gotten used to it.

SO, those two factors combined meant that we decided we really ought to try to get away this weekend. I don't have a job for two whole work days before I start the new one Tuesday, so ideally I'll have nothing stressful on my mind and nothing to worry about while we head over to Bend for a mini-break. Ideally. It's so hard to take a break sometimes, though, isn't it?

Trying to take a break

Since reading The Happiness Project this winter I've been way more aware of my stress level and of little things I can do to make myself more relaxed and happy. (Some favorite quotes of mine from that and the sequel here.) I love the book soooo much, and it really has taught me some things that have helped me avoid frustration and stress! But, I still struggle with letting go of thinking about my to-do list and enjoying time off. I worry I'll be squandering my free time if I just sit around and relax. I feel uncomfortable doing nothing and always want to be getting something done.

A recent weekend Instagram of this struggle

So this weekend, I'm going to try to enjoy myself with my sweet husband as we celebrate a super duper long time of dating, a new job, and (theoretically) nothing to worry about for the next couple of days! (Last year we did a pretty good job on our trip to Long Beach, WA!)

P.S. I woke up at 5:30 this morning for no reason and wrote this post. Kinda like how you can't sleep before Christmas or a big trip... I guess I'm subconsciously excited not to have to go to my old job, and for our mini-vacay!

Because old photos are funny

I posted some pretty hilarious photos of us circa 2005 and 2006, the oldest I could find last year, last year on this day. But an anniversary is a good time to dig through old photos... here's what my husband looked like when I met him. Pixies shirt and all.

Same year. (The little brother on his back is now 20 and very popular with the ladies and living it up college dude style.)

And here he is one year later, after I'd been buying him clothes at Hollister. Ha. (I think he was annoyed at me in this picture! Sorry, babe!)

His hair has gone through many phases. Here we are on my 18th birthday, so had been dating more than a year. Aaaw.

And, back to today, here's the most recent photo of us I can find. From when we visited cows on Easter.

Yeah, hoping we can get some more double selfies this weekend. It's time for some new pics. ;)

And now I'm going to go wake him up, get our buttery coffee for this morning, pack for our trip, and hopefully have a relaxing weekend!! Hope you enjoy yours, too!


  1. Sounds like a nice weekend break is just what you need and best wishes for your new job.

  2. Good luck on the job transition! My sister just did the same and is wiggling into her new routine. Have fun this weekend! Those are great flash-back pictures.

  3. Congratulations on your anniversary, and the new job! I always think of starting a new job still like the feeling of the first day of a new school, with learning all new places, and people, and who knows how each day will pass- scary AND exciting!

  4. I hope you can really relax this weekend! Good luck with the new job, and with settling in to the new routine. It's exciting, but change like that always seems to be harder than I think it will be.

  5. Oh my gosh, you two are so cute! I hope you have a wonderful time on your mini-vaca!

    P.S. Thanks for the book recommendation. I'm going to put it on reserve at the library!

  6. the pixies !!!! love them. cheers to 9 years :)

  7. I haven't finidhed The Happiness Project, but I've enjoyed what I've read so far! It definitely made me think about some things and gave me some wonderful ideas.


  8. SOunds like you 're going to be having a lovely time and good luck with the new job :D I aways feel like a total flump for my first week in a new job . . . just finding out where everything is, forgetting all the new names and trying t remember the 'go-to' people. It's always much easier once the basics fall into place isn't it!

    I'm really interested to find out more about the book you mentioned so \i\' heading over to Amazon for a look.
    In the meantime, have a lovely break (and kee the great blogs up)

    Gemma (EDiS) x

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  10. Old pictures are fun! Funny how different everyone looks from late teens into their twenties...at least I think so--hope your trip was memorable!



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