Our Honeymoon Hiatus & Unplugging

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So, I have this week’s Wedding Wednesday ready for you…except that the images I want to use are not cooperating with this machine at this time. So, I do apologize in the delay of post as well as another week without Wedding Wednesday.

I come to you today with a different kind of post.

Until this past Monday, I had not looked at a computer screen for weeks. During that time, I looked at a TV screen for a total of maybe 5 hours, and a phone screen for maybe another 5. Why, you may ask?

I was on my honeymoon hiatus. Overseas. Without phone service, with minimal WiFi. We shared spaces (thanks, AirBNB!), spread out in murder-y hotel rooms, and even stayed in a hut. All of this in the name of love and Julie Andrews.

Here it is again, this mention of Julie Andrews. But THIS led to THAT, and we found ourselves jaunting across the UK and Iceland! Of course the main focus of the trip was our honeymoon, but we took it when we did and in the location that we did because Julie Andrews had a speaking series. We bought tickets “in the first 4 rows” at her Liverpool show, and planned the rest of the trip around that. One day in Dublin. A ferry to Holyhead. A rental car and a quick drive up to Liverpool. We spent a few days in Liverpool then caught a train to London. Stayed in and around London for a few more days, then flew to Reykjavik, Iceland for a whirlwind adventure.

Of course there were a few ups and downs along the way: blistering feet, imperfect living arrangements…we even nearly missed Julie Andrews (ahhh, the beauty of a timed ferry leaving exponentially early and “stranding” us in Dublin for hours – good thing I plan with time to spare)! But through it all, I could bring myself back down to earth by remembering that this trip was for US. For Timmykins and I. No matter what happened, where we ended up and when, we were together – with no work and no distractions – for two whole weeks.

Hmoon1 Oxford, UKHmoon2Reykjavik, IcelandHmoon3 Inactive volcano/geothermal pool, IcelandHmoon5  Big Ben in Elizabeth Tower. London, UKHmoon4 Dame Julie Andrews – EEEEEEK!

And I believe it truly truly helped that we did not have cell service or internet access most of the time. We were able to focus on one another and our gorgeous surroundings! Not only did it help on our trip, but I have noticed that upon our return, I have been MUCH less plugged in than before. Of course, my job is 90% computer work – a vast majority of that involving social media – but I have created a work/life balance that didn’t exist before, I don’t need my phone by my side 24/7, and as much as I love multi-tasking, I am just fine enjoying a meal or movie with my Timmykins without also work on or viewing something else.

It’s refreshing. It’s joyful. It’s something I can get used to.

Won’t you join me? Unplug, unwind, and get hooked on relaxation and HAPPINESS!

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Happy Tweets Monday!

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Good Morning!
Whether your weekend entailed relaxing, moving furniture, photo shoots, Disney On Ice, or all of the above (like me!), I hope it was FABULOUS! Now that we are back for the week, it’s time for a little motivation and happiness to pump us up for all of the work, running around, and PROGRESS we are going to make, right? Below, find some Happy Tweets that just so happen to deal with change, progress, and improvement! Because every day is a new day, and every day moves you forward in life, so why not work on always being your best self?
Enjoy!
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions!”
« The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. » Dale Carnegie
The love you long for will make its way to you only when you’re completely in love with yourself.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” —Frederick Douglass
« The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you »Tony Robbins
Small changes can make a big difference.
^^For example: Back to the gym I go this week! Ahhhh!
Hold yourself accountable to the things you struggle with and you’ll find the tools to change them.
« I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. » W. Churchill
❤ The RoaminTwin

And It Is Perfect.

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Standing in front of the 40 or so people at mine and Timmykin’s rehearsal dinner, I didn’t know what to say. I wanted to thank each person individually for all they have done for myself and for TImmykins as individuals and as a couple. I wanted to thank each of them for all that they had done for our big day. I wanted to let them each know how much I loved them. But I didn’t have anything prepared.

Honestly, I thought the words would come naturally, especially with this small group.

And at first, they didn’t. But then I thought of something that I could express to them all without being too wordy, or forgetful, or taking up the remainder of their evening. So I told them:

I have lived in Sacramento. I have lived in San Diego. I have lived in Kansas City. Through it all, I have always thought and said one thing: If I could be surrounded by the people I love, it doesn’t matter where I live. And here I am, with all of you. And it is perfect.

Of course, there was more said – after choking up and crying a bit – but that is the most important thing I could tell any of them. Regardless of their participation in the preparation and wedding itself, they are the people I love. Basically, who I would be OK being stranded on a deserted island with (I know it wouldn’t be without conflict, but I would choose them anyway 🙂 ).

Not everyone could join us this weekend, but I am oh-s-grateful for those who could. I just realize that it was as close to perfection as it could be.

Regardless of what I write regarding the wedding and all of its glory in the next days and weeks, if I could give anyone one piece of advice: appreciate all of the love and support around you on that day. It is the only time that all of those supporters will be in one room…supporting you.

It’s what I thought as I stood at the beginning stretch of the aisle walking into the church. All that stood between Timmykins and I besides this empty aisle were the people we know and love. The people who understand us, who love us, and who came to witness us at our happiest. Not only was it my day to shine in the most beautiful dress I will ever own, it was my day to thank those people that we love and to revel in their love towards us. Even those who couldn’t make it, I could feel them there in spirit.

Isn’t that just a beautiful thought? And one that has brought me to tears multiple times.

 

I would like to publicly acknowledge my family for all that they did in preparation (and in raising me, of course!):

My sister, my MOH. She stepped in and helped with so much! From bachelorette parties, to shopping, to putting together a lovely gift from the bridesmaids. She made our slideshow video, and put together a tear-inducing “Sorry-we-couldn’t-be-there” video from some of my favorites. She took care of me through the emotional ups and downs, and even split the duty with me of doing my hair and makeup! Of course there is so much more that she did, but I couldn’t begin to list it all here. Basically, she is the best person I could have wanted to be my sister or MOH.

My wonderful mother. She took the reigns on cookie and cake making (thousands of cookies, all of the wedding cakes!), she read our general intentions for us (another tear-jerker during the ceremony), she took me dress shopping and made seemingly thousands of trips to craft stores far and wide to find some of the perfect things for me. She fussed about making it the perfect day for me, and did so much, and I just love her for it!

My dad. First of all, he didn’t scare Timmykins off when asking for my hand in marriage. But he also did so many things, including last-minute runs to pick up 1,000 donut holes for the reception, chocolate covered tuxedo strawberries that I have wanted on my wedding day since I was a little girl, having a backup video camera (which was needed and GREATLY appreciated), and giving the most splendid father-of-the-bride toast I have ever heard – dropping a little knowledge along the way. Did I mention he was the best dance partner for our father/daughter dance? He always has been, and always will be 🙂

I guess I could thank my brother, too. 🙂 He makes me smile every day, and he gave me the strongest hug after the ceremony that I will always remember. That kid is growing up into an awesome, caring, and motivated young person!

I only hope that I can share the love and support that my family has given me, and will continue to give me, throughout the years.

Just revel in it, Happy People. Revel in it 🙂

❤ The RoaminTwin
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My beautiful family 🙂 PS-GOTTA love photobooths!

Happy Tweets

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Happy Monday, Happy People!

I just want to pass along some wonderfully advised tweets that I have retweeted or taken notice of. Just to get you – and me – through this Monday. Remember: Mondays (and every day) are what you make them. Choose Happiness.

Alex WilhelmAlex Wilhelm@alxwlhlm 

Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.

6:12 PM – 2 Apr 12

Never accept other people’s limited perceptions of you & what they think you can do. Define yourself. You can do anything.
3:27 PM – 4 Mar 13

“If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.” –Seth Godin.
1:02 PM – 5 Mar 13

Your mind’s a palace and it’s up to you how you decorate it. – Mark Sheehan @thescript 7:18 PM – 2 Apr 13

Stage32.com - RBStage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online 

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. ~ Sun Tzu
8:56 AM – 26 Mar 13

If you aren’t clear about what you want, you’ll never get it.
5:21 PM – 18 Mar 13 

❤ The Roamin Twin