A Quick Update: Where I Disappeared to Last Week

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.

3 thoughts on “A Quick Update: Where I Disappeared to Last Week

  1. Charmaine says:

    So sorry for your loss..you showed a true show of strength throughout the week. Your strength and determination is inspirational. You did well!!

  2. Arielle Joy says:

    My condolences for your loss. It’s never easy losing someone we care about. And to top it all of with all the other stuff, goodness. Keep trucking on with that positive attitude, you’re doing great!

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