It's OK, I'm OK, Everything is OK

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Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results. (Dennis Waitley)

I could also name this post, "what I tell myself."

This blog is one of the few things I've started, quit, and then picked back up. The other two things are journaling and practicing yoga. Most of the time, I make something a habit or I give it up completely.

Life has been busy (like most people) but I am seriously surprised that it's been years since I posted regularly. There were a few good years, then infrequent phases where I popped in for a few days, wrote some posts, and then drifted away.

You could say I’m being hard on myself, but I disagree. Because a few of the things that help keep me healthy, happy, and loving life are... practicing yoga, journaling, and blogging. Right now I'm doing great with 1 out of 3.

Why do we resist the things that fuel us? Why are The Bachelor and Real Housewives so powerfully entertaining?

The other day I read my “about me” page, and was shocked to see how much things have changed in the two years since I last updated it. I was living in a different state, working a different job, my Mister and I were boyfriend & girlfriend, I hadn’t traveled outside the US, and I was still enrolled in yoga teacher training.

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Catching up's not my favorite, but we gotta chat about all that’s happened.

May 2013 was a huge month. My Mister and I got engaged!!!!! We moved to Austin, TX!!! In June, we went on a trip to Europe. It was both of our first times out of the country. We visited London, Rome, Cinque Terre, Lucern, and Paris. Traveling has always been a strong suit of ours, but this was our first mega-vacation. It was just the two of us for 19 days and 4 countries. We loved every minute of it.

Cinque Terre, Italy - Travel Pic | kaileenelise.com

In July we got settled in our new apartment and in August, my Mister started his new job (that’s why we moved here), and we started planning our wedding. I kept my job from before the move and worked from home.

The fall was a blur and the holidays went by quickly. We kicked of 2014 with a quiet night together, just the two of us in our apartment. It was perfect and exactly what we needed. The first half of this year has gone by so quickly!

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My Mister and I went on another big travel adventure in March. We traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Seoul. This trip was for his work and I was crazy nervous about being on my own. It turned out that I loved Japan. I learned a lot about myself that trip. My mind is pretty good at making up scary stories about what might/could/maybe happen in the future… but fortunately 99% of them aren’t true.

Oh, I also quit my corporate job and launched Happy Living!!

We're on a mission to improve the health & wellbeing of the world, one person at a time. On the blog I share ideas for living with health, abundance, and compassion. To see what I'm up to over there, subscribe to our blog and follow us @veryhappyliving. This has been the craziest opportunity! It's something I have always dreamed of doing. I don't know what else to say other than, I am both petrified and excited to “go” to work every day.

That pretty much sums up the highlights.

To be truthful, I cannot think of any lows. I wouldn’t have been able to say that a few years ago. We encountered some major bumps in the road through 2011 and 2012. Looking back, 2013 was a lot of upheaval and change. All of it was challenging, and all of it has been good.

2014 has gone by at lightning speed… but I’m doing my best to pause and smell the roses because in November, my Mister and I are getting married. Eeeeeeeeek!!

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I have been thinking a lot about this blog and where I want it to go.

Now that I’ve launched Happy Living, I miss writing from a pure, personal, girlie, and somewhat selfish perspective. Does that make sense? I have been craving real-talk and creative weekend to-do lists.

This blog thing is a ton of work, but I miss it. A lot.

I'm giving myself the month of June to figure things out. If I don’t make this space a priority, then I am going to give myself permission to let it go. If I kick it back into gear and find myself inspired… be ready because I’ll be posting again soon.  

Image credit: all photos by me, except the engagement picture by Taylor Lord

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