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April 2017

24 Things Before 24!

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I don’t know much in life, but here are 24 things I’ve learned in honor of my 24th Birthday! (Along with some fun throwback pictures for you!)

1.      JOY: Jesus. Others. You.

2.      Place God first even when it’s hard.

3.   We cannot serve the Lord without a heart of forgiveness.

4.    Don’t believe you must follow the patterns of the world.

5.      Call your family all the time. While I can’t call everyone 24/7, I really try to make sure they know that I love and miss them. It’s so important that they know what’s going on in your life, and you know what’s going on in theirs. 

6.  “Don’t be an Eeyore, Be a Tigger” – My parents 

7.   Find a group of people in the same walk of life as you. It helps to have someone to share life with. 

8.      I have almost 2 years of marriage under my belt! It is difficult at times, but so worth every moment!

9.      Moving is hard, but it can be extremely beneficial to both yourself and your marriage. Leaving forces you to figure things out together and you don’t have as much family influence so you rely on each other for help. Moving forces you to grow up together and grow up quickly.

10.  Med school is rough on both the spouse and the student, so if you choose this path rely on each other and the Lord you will need it.

11.   Try NOT to take work home with you. It is not fair to your spouse.

12.  It’s okay to have kids now, but it’s also okay to wait.

13.       I have one life to live-instead of doing things I don’t enjoy I am going to focus on my passions and things that I love. 

14.      Quit worrying! I worry a lot… probably more than most people; however, I am learning that worrying doesn’t add anything to my life. Worrying actually takes away the joy in my life. (I always say that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair… you feel like you’re moving but you don’t go anywhere)

15.      It’s never too late to change your mind. If you decide you made a wrong decision you can change it and focus on what makes you happy.

16.   Don’t let negative people try to control your life. 

17.   Everything is a season. This too shall pass!

18.   Give to others whenever possible. My husband and I don’t have a lot, but even with a little giving it can go a long way.

19.   Even if you have to make sacrifices, you need to follow what you love. The sacrifices will be well worth it in the end.

20.  People first: Money last. “Money greases the wheels of life, but you can’t take it with you.” (A quote from my dad, but absolutely true)

21.   Laugh through it all!

22.   Make your bucket list of what you want to accomplish

23.   Try to mark one item off your bucket list a year.

24.      Adventure is out there! Have adventures with your spouse and friends. Do something different, try a new idea out. Adventure is what keeps you alive!

 

 

Destination: Aloha!

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One of my biggest passions in life is travel; I want to see what this world has to offer! The unfortunate part of loving to travel is that it is a rather expensive passion to have. Right now I’m serving as the primary support for my husband and I while he completes medical school, which gives us not only limited funds but very limited time off. Instead of being down about it, we’ve taken the challenge to explore 5 new places that we want to see while we’re in Arizona for the next 3 years instead!

With that, I am going to spend a couple blog posts going over the 5 fun places we want to go, and what we want to do while we are there! If you have any suggestions or advice on what to see or do while we are out there, please let me know!

The first destination we would like to hit is HAWAII! We’re closer to Hawaii thank many other points in the US (especially since we used to live in Indiana!), and there are direct flights from PHX to Hawaii. This made the decision pretty easy to list Hawaii as our #1. Within Hawaii we have two islands that are our top spots: Oahu and Maui.

Oahu: My husband wants to see Pearl Harbor and honor the sacrifices that men and women made for our freedom. If there is one thing you can never question about my husband, it is his utmost respect for our veterans and current soldiers. And since this is a trip that he is going on because I have begged for it…. we will definitely make this a top priority! 🙂 There is also this amazing 4-wheeler tour ride that you can take in Oahu as well where you travel around different areas where movies were shot locally. If you don’t know this already, my husband and I are the biggest movie lovers in town. We can be coerced into most anything with a good movie. So I am heavily pushing toward going on this fun movie tour!

Maui: Maui… is just absolutely gorgeous. The beaches, the scenery, everything is stunning. I would love to see Maui for its sheer beauty. Taking hikes to see the gorgeous waterfalls, laying out of the pristine beaches. There is nothing short of just stunning scenery in Maui. I have only two desires while on Maui, which are to visit a gorgeous waterfall and relax on the beach. To me, my time in Maui should be focused on relaxation and enjoying God’s creation. I would love to learn how to surf while I was out there, but I don’t think I would be able to pick it up quick enough! Maybe this means I need to move to Hawaii?! 😉

Thanks for reading, love you all!!