A new journey

backyard25Today I made a rather large step toward a new journey my boyfriend and I are going to take at the end of April.

Although we have been planning a move to NE Tennessee for the past two years, it was put on hold once I received a promotion in November 2011. He wanted me to gain experience as an editor before we traveled to a new destination, which I will forever be grateful for because of his incredible support.

With a good deal of experience under my belt, our conversation about moving came to fruition once again and was put into motion as the height of season took off.

My boyfriend is now working two jobs . . . 15 hours away from home almost every day of the week. Although I miss him dearly and only see him for a few hours a day, I admire him for working so hard. The beautiful thing about this man is once an idea crosses his mind he puts everything he possibly can into motion to turn a dream or idea into a reality.

His excitement for starting our life in a new location has become contagious, which eventually shed all of my concerns and fear of moving away from everything I know.

That enthusiasm led me to sharing my notice with work this afternoon, making our move that much more real! It was both invigorating and nerve racking as I shared that I will be leaving at the end of April with my executive editor. Her reaction was complete surprise and bummed all at once.

It felt wonderful to share the news of our move because it brought everything out into the open. I can now talk freely of the excitement that builds every day with others besides family and close friends.

The last couple of weeks I have found places to live, as well as newspapers to apply for, which is promising as we arrive in a new state. It is extremely exciting to search for a new home, to think of a new beginning and everything it holds.

The next few months are going to go by in a blink of an eye as we both work a crazy amount of hours to stock away as much money as we can.

Although I am going to miss my family beyond belief, as well as my friends, it is truly exciting to think of our future in a different location.

Homemade

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Although my boyfriend typically spoils me with a wonderful meal every night when I get home from work, this past week the roles have changed.

Due to him taking on a second job and working about 70 hours a week, I decided to make sure he had a meal every night already prepared, so when he arrived home from working a double all he has to do is warm it up and enjoy. I figured that was the least I can do for this man who is working doubles almost every day just to give us an opportunity to achieve our goal.

I love and admire his determination to make things happen. He is a man who does not sit still, but rather takes action.

The appreciation I received last night as he was warming up the honey chicken I made from scratch and taking a bite of a corn muffin was incredible. His gesture only makes me want to continue to surprise him with a new meal every night.

It has been a ton of fun finding recipes every day and duplicating the meal for us to enjoy. The best part is tasting the creation I threw together and wanting seconds because it tasted good.

Tonight I made baked ziti with chicken, which was incredibly easy to throw together, put in the oven and forget about until the buzzer went off. Food that is made from scratch, instead of already prepared, always tastes a million times better. I always feel so much better once the meal is finished because I know every ingredient that is thrown into the recipe.

I think I may have found a new joy, which I’m sure my boyfriend will be thrilled about . . .

Maybe it is time for him to be spoiled for a while . . .