Friday, December 28, 2018

My Top Five 2018 Moments

Hello everyone!
We only have 4 days left in 2018 and i'm not going to lie, I am excited to say goodbye to this year.
2018 wasn't a bad year but it did challenge me.
That being said, there were also many amazing moments and since we like to focus on the positive I thought we'd talk about my top five favorites.

Being in Disneyland on my birthday has been on my bucket list for years.
My friend Shea and I had been tossing the idea around of a girls trip for awhile and we decided to pull the trigger.
Shea was kind enough to let it be for my 25th birthday.
I will never forget being on the Indiana Jones ride, wearing my brand new rose gold Mickey ears Shea bought as my birthday present and getting tossed around like a rag doll.
I remember thinking "Is this actually my life right now?"
It was too good to be true.

Another item that had been on my bucket list was seeing Taylor Swift in concert.
I have been a die hard "Swiftie" for years.
Every time she came to town I wanted to go but just couldn't afford it...
I was so disappointed when I missed her last tour that I promised myself the next time she came I was going no matter what. 
I even started putting aside money in my savings for it. 
When she came back with Reputation I was on cloud nine.
Of course this was the tour she decided to do limited concerts and Salt Lake City was not on the list.
Well, I said I was going no matter what and I meant no matter what so I convinced Shea, my sister and my mom to drive to Colorado to see her.
We drove for 18 hours in a 32 hour time period and were in Colorado for less than 24 hours.
I would do it all over again.

Okay, okay.
I know I keep saying this but, helping baby sea turtles hatch has been on my bucket list for years.
I am talking Elementary School on this one folks...
Erik and I wanted to do something special for our five year wedding anniversary so we decided to take a cruise to the Caribbean. 
While looking at the excursions they offered I came across the save a sea turtle program.
And it just so happened that we would be in that port on the date of our actual anniversary.
If that isn't fate, what is?
I showed Erik and he told me to book it without even hesitating.
He knew how long I had wanted to do it. 
We spent our anniversary helping baby sea turtles out of their nests and releasing them into the ocean.
It is an experience I will never forget.

Erik has been working towards his Bachelor's Degree since we got married.
Since he could only go to school part time we thought it would take him four years instead of two.
And six years later here we are...
We faced many challenges getting Erik his Bachelor's Degree.
I won't bore you with the details but it took a lot longer and was a lot harder than we had originally planned.
We both got so discouraged and honestly thought the day would never come but it did!
He got his degree this December and will be walking in May.
Here's hoping that the degree actually pays off.
On another note, does anyone know of someone who is willing to donate a load of money to two loving people who have a huge amount of student loans to pay off?
Asking for a friend...

As I mentioned 2018 wasn't a bad year.
I mean it was a great year for my bucket list.
But it did challenge me...
I grew a lot personally and it was really hard.
I had to face a lot of things I had been suppressing for years and it sucked to say the least.
When I was 19 I discovered I had anxiety and did absolutely nothing about it.
Afterwards I started wondering if I also suffered from depression.
I have always been the "happy" girl and the thought seemed absurd to me but you can only lie to yourself for so long.
Not taking care of myself for so many years finally caught up to me and it was ugly.
It made me realize how important mental health is and one day I would love to share my story and spread awareness.
 As for now, it is all so fresh and raw and quite honestly my story is still being written.
To hold myself accountable I vaguely shared on social media about this year and the negative emotions I have felt.
I am a closed book and never in a million years would have thought about posting something like that before but now that I have shared it I believe it will hold me accountable to come back and tell my story when it has developed more.

I am grateful for this year.
It held so many amazing experiences and helped me learn about myself.
But all I have left to say is...
Thank U, next!

Tell me all about your 2018, the good and the bad, below!

All my love,

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