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Hi, I'm Chelsea! I’m on a mission to help you find joy and goodness in every day.
On this blog we talk about the big things (like chasing dreams) and the small things (like what books we're reading) because happiness comes in all sizes.
Because medical school is full of lovely surprises, I spent August 18th-October 20th living across the country from Christopher. I didn’t blog about this because I feel like it wouldn’t be that hard for someone to figure out where I live, so I didn’t exactly want to broadcast my solo living situation to the internet. You’ve all seen pictures of my dog, so you know you could probably take him in a burglary situation.
But now you know-I lived alone for two months, and it sucked. Going to bed every night without my best friend sucked. Being pregnant and going to doctors appointments alone sucked. Getting bigger and more uncomfortable and having no one around to help out sucked. I’m all for being positive and finding the good in things, but sometimes things just suck, and it’s okay to call it like it is.
But as of two weeks ago, my little family is reunited, and all is right in the world. And by all is right, I mean that I have my person home to do fun fall stuff with me, and that my late night cravings are finally accompanied by someone to go get them for me.
Like any good challenge, this one came with some life lessons. Here’s what I learned:
It’s the little moments that I love the most. Sure, vacations and big events and fancy dates are great, but it’s the little moments of married life that I cherish the most. Things like falling asleep watching a movie together, or deciding to skip making dinner and just go to Chick-Fil-A instead. It’s the little things that make life so good.
Having a dog is the best decision ever. I would have gone crazy without Gatsby. If you have to spend a lot of time alone, get yourself a puppy!
I hate cooking for myself, but I love baking. The idea of dirtying one, maybe two dishes to cook meat and vegetables for myself? Absurd. The idea of dirtying three dishes and two pans and the entire kitchen to bake a pumpkin cake for myself? Totally reasonable.
I take way too much for granted. I love my husband and am so thankful for him all the time…but now, extra so. Having to take the trash out by myself and take the dog out alone at night and not having anyone to curl up with and talk to when I had a bad day just showed me how lucky I am, and how huge of a blessing my marriage is. I love being in love, and I love having a partner in life.
Have you ever had to spend time away from your significant other? What did you learn?
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