Hello kind reader who cares enough to check up on me! 🙂 Yes, I basically disappeared last week off of social media, but I’m back & well! If you’re new here, welcome! & if you’re one of my consistent followers, you’ll see this blog post is going to be a liiiil’ different than the other ones. I started blogging strictly to spread awareness on things that I learn in life, specifically to empower others. I got to thinking, it might be nice to give quick updates every once & a while for you guys! So here we go!
If you noticed, last week I kinda sorta… fell off of the online platforms. Not due to me just being lazy, but because it was such a tough week for me mentally, & physically. My sweet aunt from Arizona passed away, so that was one huge thing that’s already hard to deal with on its own. I also spent 38 hours total during the week just traveling. That took quite a toll on my body. Besides those, I counted five other things that made me… just bummed out. Man, the people who said, “When it rains, it pours,” weren’t kidding!!
I flew back to the east coast on a red eye with a layover, so I found myself without rest for 24 hours straight. I landed in ATL, & was feeling pretty exhausted. That’s when sweet Zack picked me up, & had a beautiful bouquet of flowers in hand for me (😭😭😭❤) We drove three hours from the airport, basically straight to Providence Canyon State Park for a photo shoot I previously planned with a client. Let me just tell y’all, I am so proud of myself. I had a difficult week, no sleep, & every odd against me, but I refused to cancel my session!! & I’m so glad I didn’t, because I love the images I captured. (Peep the gallery or my instagram to see some!)
We finally drove back to base, & I hadn’t eaten all day (I tried to have a nap for lunch, but couldn’t even sleep 😑😂) Zack & I decided to have a pizza-in-bed date night, ohhh yes, the best date nights. I decided to have one beer with my dinner, & boy oh boy was I in for a funny surprise. I didn’t even think about the effects one beer could have after being awake for 36 hours straight, plus having an empty stomach. This is so embarrassing, & I will never admit this in public. But ya girl got drunk… off of one beer. ONE. The kind of giggly drunk where everything is just hilarious, & your body feels light & airy. Where you just feel immensely, deeply happy. I share this, because I think it’s important to hold silly & funny memories close to your heart. I in no way am an alcoholic by any means, so I can’t help but laugh when I get drunk off of a single beer. Haha, only me. But yes, that night full of laughter & pizza in bed was exactly what I needed.
The next morning was one that felt like it was straight out of a book. I woke up finally feeling refreshed & rejuvenated, to the sound of calm rain pattering at my window. I sleepily headed down the hallway, & found Zack already awake, sitting next to an open window while working on the computer. He made us morning coffee, so I decided to cook our breakfast.
When I went to put our breakfast condiments on the kitchen table (it’s really a ping-pong table LOL. We are still new to this adulting thing) I screamed in horror when I saw ASHES swirling around our dining room! LOL. I guess when you forget to sweep the fireplace ashes & leave a window open, that’s just what happens. We got a good laugh out of it, & Zack cleaned it up while I finished cooking breakfast.
We sat at our ping-pong kitchen table that Sunday morning, & my heart felt content again. I think it was a combo of the cool rainy breeze coming through our open window, all of the laughter we shared the previous night & that morning, the warm yummy coffee, the delicious taste of Belgian waffles topped with lil banana slices, the scrambled eggs (that were originally intended to be over easy…. I shall say no more) & the beautiful bouquet centerpiece on the table that Zack got me. I took allll of that in, & tucked it deep inside of me for safekeeping. I knew little moments like those were the ones important to hold close to my heart. The moments that make me happiest.
So yes, it’s nice to be home, & getting things back to normal! It was a hard week for me, but I got through it! & even though we were brought together for a tragedy, it was nice to see some family, too. Thank you to everyone who checked up on me this week, & made sure I was okay. 🙂 & thanks to everyone following along this journey with me! Much love!!
♡ Valerie Karen.