Hello all,

Today has been a Monday. The type of Monday that on Sunday you were trying to mentally prepare for and just wasn’t able to.

I’ve come to a conclusion that Aaron can’t leave me for more than a day or something will happen.

As some of you may know, this past week has been a little eventful for me. Wednesday, I took Chloe into the vet to find out later that she has arthritis. She’s a three year old lab mix with arthritis now in her back right hip. The initial shock was worrying but I know that we can keep her on a lot of preventatives and pain manage this issue.

Thursday, the big hubbub was surrounding work and the exciting news of our company being acquired by one of our main integration partnerships. It wasn’t a bad thing that happened, but just a shocker to cope with while your SO is away.

And here’s the kicker – on Friday I sprained my ankle walking Chloe in the rain. Thankfully, I have an awesome group of friends to the rescue who took care of me immediately and throughout the weekend. Super blessed to have a good support group here in Austin.¬†

Thankfully, Sunday I was able to wobble around and check out a new french market in Austin with friends and eat beignets! So delicious.

It was hard getting up and ready for today because of what I just went through the last week. I also realized that I haven’t been setting goals for myself to achieve recently either, and maybe that’s why I have been feeling unmotivated the last few weeks.

{ November Goals }

>>goal one<<

  • Plan Christmas gifts for family members and loved ones.

>>action steps<<

  1. List out everyone we would love to give gifts to.
  2. Plan a budget of how much we can spend per gift.
  3. Compile a list of ideas that can meet my budget and what we can pack on a plane to go back home with.

>>goal two<<

  • Meal prep lunches and stay away from eating out for lunch

>>action steps<<

  1. Make sure to get the appropriate groceries for five meals.
  2. Prepare everything on Sunday.
  3. Don’t skip lunch and leave prepped meal in fridge! (I do this too often….)

>>goal three<<

  • Schedule my vision, dental and physician appointments

>>action steps<<

  1. Call up the doctors I already see and schedule appointments before the end of the year.
  2. Find a healthcare physician I could use with my current insurance and new insurance for next year.

I think these goals will help me accomplish bigger picture items for the rest of the month. Having something to work for always gets me going!

Side note, tomorrow is a special day. Aaron and I met four years ago on November 10th and I wish I could spend time with him tomorrow! Even Aaron and Cheryl-5better would be to be back in Milwaukee at Hi Hat Lounge drinking Lakefront pumpkin beer with him. That was our first date/first time meeting! Online dating works, folks! (Cough, Ok Cupid actually worked) So happy I messaged you at 2am while procrastinating on school work. And 11/10 is special as well because one year later you purposed to me in Chicago. You still give me butterflies four years later. (Sappy, I know!)

Only a few more days on my own, going to hog the bed and binge watch more How to Get Away With Murder on Netflix.

xo Cheryl


but the greatest of these is love.

It’s Sunday Funday!

I’m currently curled up on my couch with a pumpkin spice latte in my Aaron Rodgers jersey watching the Packers play on this cozy fall-like Sunday. Except, it’s not really fall here in Austin because of 90 degree weather. Oh well! I’ll channel my inner basic in my yoga pants in the AC instead.

October is my favorite month. I stock up on all the pumpkin things from Trader Joe’s, carve pumpkins, dress up for halloween and also celebrate my wedding anniversary.

Wow! It’s our anniversary already? Two years ago I was so nervous I was going to faint or throw up or fall while I walked down the aisle to meet my handsome man at the altar. I’m glad none of that happened and that it was the shortest aisle ever because I was also really excited to marry the love of my life.

With family and friends right by our sides, we had a fantastic day. It is so much hard work preparing for a wedding. But what I think is even more hard work is having the same positive attitude, love and gratitude about our marriage from that wedding day to every day. I feel like I take Aaron for granted every day and don’t show enough appreciation for this man who loves me unconditionally. He sees right through my flaws and supports me to the fullest every single day. I don’t take enough time to realize this daily.


From moving across the country not knowing anyone to starting our careers in the tech field, we’ve been hitting so many “milestones” in our first two years of marriage. I’m not sure where we will be living or what we’ll be doing in the next two years but wherever we go I am blessed to have him right next to me.

>>My goals for our third year of marriage<<

  • Express more gratitude daily towards Aaron.
  • Think before I speak, words do more harm than actions.
  • Pray more together, speak more openly about our faith.

This weekend has been fabulous – got our fest on at Austin City Limits on Friday and visited Blue Owl Brewing’s new brewery on Saturday with friends. Today has been a nice comfortable day together and later we’re going out to dinner downtown to celebrate. I’m ready for the next year and the following years after that in our marriage as we tackle any challenges that come our way together. Our family has been super supportive of us and I’m really grateful to have them all rooting for us.


Thanks for reading and for all of your support!

xo Cheryl

P.S. I love you Aaron.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, 13