We are here in Lubbock for my graduation! Those 7 months went by so fast! No more ADN. Hello Brittany Altenbaugh, BSN, RN! The struggle was so worth it walking across that stage!
Miguel had been SO amazing through those 7 months. Even 2 years ago when we first started dating, I was studying for the NCLEX and he just stepped up and took care of me while studying was my full time job. And these 7 months were no different. I am so lucky to be marrying him in 3 months.
I hope y’all have enjoyed your day & didn’t let life’s fast pace get to you. I have been so guilty of that. It is so easy to get caught up in what is next, where you need to be, what you need to be doing next, we live our lives so ready to get to the next thing- whatever that “thing” may be, that we normally don’t take the time to just stop, breathe, and take it all in.
After the accident, I was taking it in EVERY DAY. I was enjoying the moments, my successes and failures & every moment in between. But then, those scars from the accident healed, and I was back to the fast paced life of hurrying to get to the next thing, trying to mark as many things off of my to-do list.
It wasn’t until honestly the night of the Incubus concert when I realized I need to take my time again. Miguel and I had a talk about how I am so caught up in so many things that I am not even enjoying the process. The process of graduating TODAY, of learning in PICU, or our home renovating process. I just want it all to be finished like YESTERDAY that I’m not savoring the journey.
This is where decorating comes in. If you saw my Instagram post the other week, you remember how I shared how Miguel & I stumbled upon this print and I immediately starting crying. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, here it is
Yeah, those 5 words were so powerful to me. And it just reminded me to stop trying to do everything 1. on my own & 2. so fast! I really need to learn to slow down and enjoy the process of everything. Whether that’s work, school, renovating our nest, or planning our wedding because if you even bring up the wedding I get incredibly stressed out. I literally start having a mini panic attack – its bad.
I am taking decorating one room at a time & so far so good. Looking at this picture makes me so proud of what we have accomplished so far. If you haven’t seen the before, here is my last post about our kitchen update!
The projects we have left for this space are
1. Wooden range hood
2. Barn sink
3. Light fixtures
& a newly added one:
Ha! If you also saw my post on Instagram Saturday you read how I was going to propose the idea of adding shiplap to the kitchen to Miguel and guys, he said yes! YAYYYYY! So who knows when this kitchen will be finished but guess what? I don’t care because I am enjoying the journey. Insert the praise hands emoji here! ??
We also recently purchased these frames from Pottery Barn to create a gallery wall where the stool is at in the picture above. And since my bridal shower is next month, we are focusing on the study. We are going to add shiplap to the entire space BEFORE my bridal shower. Fingers crossed we can get this done because it has been huge on my to do list for the house. This is what the study looks like now – spoiler alert! It’s a MESS.
Yep, that is our hot mess study. I honestly don’t want to show you the inside of that room because it’s awful. But! Come September that baby will be bright white with beautiful shiplap ? I am so excited.
I’m relearning to just relax and take it day by day. Not everything has to be finished so soon, I need to enjoy the process and create memories because sorry not sorry about to sound super cliche, YOLO. For real.
How do you guys try to just take in those moments and not get caught up in the next task?