Onto The Next Adventure

IMG_3731If you know me personally at all, you know that I live my life in a way that when someone asks me “what’s new?” I have a whole list of things. Unlike most people, I thrive off constant change, getting out of my comfort zone, and taking the opportunities and adventures that come my way.  It’s one of my favorite things about myself. 

I sometimes wonder if there is ever a time in my life that I won’t want this, and eventually “get comfortable or settle down,” but for now, I am just enjoying this crazy, constantly changing, growth period time of my life. And having my other half by my side through it all has made it that much better.gopr0509.jpgWith that being said, what crazy, life changing thing are we up to next?!

No, we’re not selling our home and moving into a tiny house to travel the states. No, we’re not moving to a farm, or adopting 2 more dogs, a pig, and some chickens. No, we’re not opening our own business, or selling our home to build our dream home. And no, we’re not having babies or starting our family….yet.

Believe it or not, these are all conversations that have came up in the last couple of years, and maybe one day we will accomplish those fantasies that we have, or they will stay fantasies, but for now…

We are moving to the Caribbean for the summer to become beach bums!12509477_940303516022738_7543440047604848957_nI know I have a lot of dreams, (see above)  but living near the ocean is near the very top of my list, so when this opportunity was handed to us a couple months ago, I told Derek we HAD to take it.

Who, what, when, where, why?? You may be asking.

I already answered the why, and I hope you’re smart enough to figure out the who. 😉10.JPGThe What: We are teaching English again with the same program that we went to China with. However, this time will be a little different. We are the head teachers, which means we are “in charge” and the go to help for the other volunteer teachers who are going for their first time. We are also working as humanitarian volunteers this time which means we will be teaching, as well as doing humanitarian work for the kids and their families, who are underprivileged.EGLO4168.JPGThe When: We leave around May 10th and come home around August 10th, just in time for Derek to get right back to school and me to jump right into fall wedding season.

The Where: the most exciting part. We will be living, teaching, and of course- exploring in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. One of the most beautiful islands to exist, and right in the middle of my favorite place (that I’ve visited) in the world.11986431_916439311742492_5780921689488802445_nAs you can imagine, we are so excited for this adventure. We learned so much about ourselves and each other while living abroad in China. It was the best thing we’ve ever done together, and we are so happy that the opportunity has come for us to do it again.

A few things that I am really looking forward to:

  • Immersing myself in another new culture
  • Practicing my Spanish (which I think will be much easier than Chinese. 😉 )
  • Being next to the ocean EVERY DAY – I think happy tears will happen just about every morning.
  • Spending every single minute of every day with my Derek, because to be honest we work best that way.
  • And of course, being called “Teacher Wren”.
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Celebrating 25, and many more!

It’s been a week since I officially hit the “quarter life crisis” mark, and to be honest I’ve been celebrating way more than my body planned too, resulting in a head cold. (That time of year right?) It’s the 11th day in March, and I feel like all I’ve done this month is celebrate. Now that life is slowing down a little bit, and I am able to finally rest, I have time to post my celebratory month so far. (Even though I never actually stop celebrating. 😉 )IMG_3748On March 2nd, I hosted a surprise birthday for my wonderful grandpa who turned 80 on the 6th. I held the event at my work, and invited my extended family, who mostly came from out of town, and some I hadn’t seen for years. We had a pretty good turn out, and my grandpa was so surprised that he couldn’t even look at me for days with out getting tears in his eyes. Watching him light up all weekend was the highlight of my entire year so far.IMG_3752

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Whitney and mom were also in town, and it was so fun to spend time with them, the girls, and Tyler and Adam of course. 😉 We celebrated an early birthday breakfast for me before they all left town Sunday.

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IMG_3747.JPGMy actual birthday was on Monday. It was a usual Monday spent at work, but I woke up to flowers, a card, and coffee from Derek, and got spoiled with nice messages from friends and family all day. I ended the night with a (much needed) pedicure with Shara, Michele, and Jamie. IMG_3719.JPGSince Derek worked Monday night, we decided to celebrate together Tuesday. We both had the day off, so we got lunch together, caught up on house chores, and just enjoyed a day alone together. He also surprised me with rise festival tickets in October. I’ve always wanted to go to the rise festival, so I am looking forward to that!

That night, we met up with our friends for dinner and ended the night watching the two night special of the bachelor at Buddy’s. Yes, we all watch the bachelor together, no its not weird. 😉

(I didn’t take any pictures that day or night, so here’s a few cute ones of my favorite boys from this weekend in Vegas.- Buddy missed the memo 😦 )IMG_3724.JPGIMG_3722Since Leslie and Kallista were also celebrating their birthdays this week, we all headed down to Vegas Saturday to celebrate together. (I told you, SO. MUCH. CELEBRATING.) We stayed in the Real World Las Vegas (season 12) suite at Gold Spike, and as always had way too much fun. IMG_3729.JPG

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IMG_3720I am another year older, and thanks to my head cold, definitely feel that way, but am also feeling so grateful for this life of mine. It’s meant to be celebrated, not just on my birthday, but every day. I’m loved by the best people, blessed with the greatest opportunities, and so proud of the person I continue to grow into. My motto has always been to live life like it is a constant celebration, and I’ve never stuck to it more than I am right now. I am so excited to see what growth, adventures, and memories my “late” 20’s bring.

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Onto the next adventure, Wren

A Farewell to my Early 20’s

Whenever I hear an older person talk about their best time of their life, it is most of the time “without a doubt, their 20s.”  In our 20s, we’re young, we’re allowed to be selfish, we’re usually in the best shape of our life. We are learning who we are and what we want, and how we want to live out the rest of our lives. The world seems like a whole new place filled with new memories, experiences, close relationships, and celebrations. So it’s no question, why this is usually the answer.

I remember finally turning 20 years old and thinking to myself, I am going to make these next 10 years the best years of my entire life, and live every day like it is something to be celebrated. I learned to subconsciously teach myself that these are my “good old days” and that one day, I too, will be a much older person, talking about how great my 20s once were.

Now that I’ve officially reached the age of 25 (birthday blog post coming soon) and am the middle of this wonderful decade of my life, I understand what all of those people were talking about and why our 20s are usually “our best days”.

Here’s a little nostalgic farewell to my early 20s, with photos from my birthdays. (you know for me to look back on):

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20 years old:

  • I traveled out of state alone for the first time without family, just with Derek.
  • I became friends with so many great people, who would eventually feel like family. (shout out to our continuing friendship!)
  • Derek got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

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21 years old:

  • After 6 years, I finally made it official, had my dream wedding, and became Derek’s wife.
  • I found a lot of new passions such as teaching, yoga, and event planning.
  • Derek and I traveled out of country for our first time together.

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22 years old:

  • Derek and I bought our first house, and renovated it for 3 months.
  • We adopted our Harvey boy, and became dog parents.
  • We took a 10 day road trip, and I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest.

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23 years old:

  • Derek and I moved to the other side of the world for a semester, and crossed off two more countries together.
  • I rode on a total of 16 airplanes, and fell in love with this world.
  • I put my focus on accepting the person I was, and thought a lot about who I wanted to become.

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24 years old:

  • I spent a week in my fifth country with some of my favorite people.
  • I got promoted at work, to my dream position, as an event coordinator.
  • I had a lot of growing pains, and struggled with mental health issues, but became genuinely happy, and found self love.

Every year seems to get better than the last. Obviously, this isn’t the case for everyone, but I do believe that the last 5 years of my life wouldn’t have been as great as they were, without the mind set I’ve taught myself to have. I’ve said yes to new opportunities, I’ve reached out to make my connections with people deeper, I’ve learned that my comfort zone only exists in my mind, I’ve dug deep, and got in tune with myself and my life. And I’ve lived every single day, and every single moment knowing that I am going to miss it one day.

So, farewell early 20’s!

25, and the next 5 years have a lot to live up to, but I am planning on continuing the rest of my life like I am currently living in my “good old days.”  And that alone, makes me so excited for the adventure, growth, and memories they will bring.

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Onto the next adventure, Wren