On a random Wednesday on November 30th, 2011 I went on a blind date from Plenty of Fish and met the man of my dreams (I know right?! Sometimes crazy things happen). It had only been 6 months since I lost my Dad and on our first date we’d both share that we’d each lost a parent. There was an instant bond and understanding. 1 week into our relationship we found out he was being deployed to Guantanamo, Cuba for 9 months. Two months into our relationship, there I was at SEA-TAC international airport saying goodbye to a man I had already grown so attached to. Not only did we wait for each other and create a relationship more solid than anything I’ve ever known, but we grew together. We talked and emailed as much as we could. He ran up phone cards like crazy and half way through his deployment I was able to fly to Cuba to visit him. We had fallen madly in love and have supported each other since then in ways I never fathomed possible.
Having him come back from Cuba was beyond exciting but also one of the most difficult parts of the deployment. Having him home solidified our relationship – we had spent so much time talking and getting to know each other over those 9 months that we now finally had the opportunities to go out and do things together. Being home for Kyle was special – Seattle was now home. Being together made us realize how hard it had been being apart. He struggled a lot with making the decision to re-enlist. It meant more deployments, moving away from Seattle, and a whole list of unknowns. But when he advanced to MC1 and knew how supportive I was no matter what, we made the decision for him to re-enlist.
Then on February 14th, 2014 he proposed in one of the most amazing moments of my life. Up at a cabin in Mount Vernon, WA he got down on one knee in front of the fire while the sun was just starting to set and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was one of the most amazing weekends of my life thus far ❤
I’m now writing this almost 4 months later since the proposal. We were married on April 13th, 2014 and are now in Maryland on our first adventure together. Along with my passion for fitness and health, I also want to share my journey moving forward as a new military wife. As exciting as adventures are, they are also filled with anxiety, new beginnings, storms, and lights at the end of the tunnel.
I want to share ALL of this with you guys because part of a healthy and fulfilling life is finding that balance within your life. We are not all just one thing – we are all many things. Which is why you’ll see me being candidly honest about all the things (including frustrations, in-laws, marriage, friends, and much more). Check back on this page for links to all of my navy life experiences, rants, questions, and more. 🙂
Mentality & Handling Change