Thoughts on love… and marriage
During our first few months in Montana, I struggled to adjust. You see, back in Central Utah, we had a limited number of things to do with a limited number of friends with limited accessibility. Montana is the opposite, with opportunities around every corner. And yet, my instinct was to work through the day and most of the night because that’s what I was used to.
First off, yes: I am a
slight workaholic. Being connected via iPhone is a blessing for productivity and a curse for having a life outdoors. It doesn’t help (but also helps a lot!) that I love my job running a business. With so many things to experience and a full time+ job, I couldn’t figure out the puzzle. And although I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered the art of work/life balance (do we ever?), I will say one of the most valuable pieces of advice Sean has given me is so simple.
However that resonates with you. At the end of the day, family (for me, its the man I chose to spend my life with) is my constant. My true north. That guiding force that keeps me motivated day to day. He loves me through my struggles and cheers me on in my triumphs. I am extremely fortunate to have a flexible job that I love, but without my family, the work… the setting… the life… it all lacks meaning.
I learn from Sean constantly—he pushes me to be detail oriented with our finances, to be a mountain woman who can start good fires in our wood stove, and to get outdoors and live with a sense of spontaneity. I push him to be consistent with emails and organization, to seek independence on home projects to boost his confidence, and to pursue his passions again after years of working the daily grind. Together, we continue to strive to understand each other and love one another in the ways we need to be loved… and I know someday I’ll look back and laugh at the challenges we have today versus the challenges we’ll have 10 years from now. But through it all, it is my hope that we will continue to put our relationship first.
In the meantime, all this talk of marriage reminds me of my friend, Lindley. Lindley and her fiance Jared are getting married in December, and I was fortunate to be invited to her wedding shower recently, hosted by Megan (who you might remember from #OurAdventuregram Episode 1). These photos document just a small portion of the love, laughter and well wishes that were shared that day.
The bride to be:
Megan did such a great job of playing host. She came up with all sorts of afternoon cocktails for the group… so classy!
We all had to help Lindley by writing date night ideas on painted popsicle sticks, each with a theme: Fancy Pants, A Night at Home, and Go to the Mountains.
And this… I LOVE this part. Sharing recipes! The best way to start a new life together is with good food!
A reminder to fill out the recipe cards:
A creative take on the recipe card: