Yes, it’s true. Your eyes did not deceive you. Zachary, & I are moving to Germany… GERMANY. Like what?! Somebody pinch me, because there is no way this is my life!! I once thought I would never leave the valley I grew up in, & now I am moving literally across the world! Who am I?? LOL. This has hands down been the most difficult secret I’ve ever had to keep. We’ve been wanting to share the news for a while now, but it never felt like the right time. Finally, nearly half a year later, we decided it was time to spill the beans!

When I Found Out

Close to beginning of our time here at Fort Benning, we heard that the soldiers would find out where they would be sent to next around week 9. Rumor had it that if you emailed the lady in charge early, she would actually tell you around week 5 or 7. Zack emailed her, & hadn’t heard anything back right away. No big deal to me! I didn’t mind if we found out week 5, week 7, or week 9 that we would be moving to Colorado, North Carolina, or Washington. I was so sure we would be sent to one of those places (& was oh, so wrong)

I was at home working on a new blog post one day, & switched my phone to Do Not Disturb mode to focus. After about an hour of working, I finally grabbed my phone. There were at least 30 unread messages, all from the Tritsch fam group chat. With my phone still locked, I quickly scrolled down to just glance at what they were talking about. That was when I read, “Wow! Germany!!! Congratulations Zack!!!” & my heart instantly started pounding. I began to scroll faster, & heard my heart beat thudding in my ears.

I also saw that I had a message from Zack that said, “Did you see?” Once I finally got to the bottom of scrolling, I saw that Zack had sent a picture to me, & the group chat. I unlocked my phone, to see a screenshot of an email from the lady. Telling Zack that he was in fact, getting assigned to a unit in Germany… Germany!!! Not Colorado, not North Carolina, & almost as far away from Washington as you could get! My initial reaction was shock. Complete shock. Fear. Confusion. As I read through their positive messages, their kind words pulled me out of the nervous haze I was in.

“Your adventures are just starting, Val.”

“I cannot wait to see how the Explorers Diaries grow with European explorations, and of course your pictures will be amazing and international!”

“You will be a world-wide photographer, Val!”

I saw my future flash before my eyes, a future that I knew I was meant to live.

Honest Feelings

People ask me all the time if I’m scared for this move. If you would’ve asked me six months ago, I would’ve said hell-to-the-yes, but now? The honest answer is no. I’m not scared anymore. To me, it almost feels like fate. It’s like someone is looking out for me, & guiding me to where I need to be.

I spent years building up a portfolio of in-studio fashion shots. The second I started to dabble in outdoor photography, I literally threw the fashion portfolio out the window (Okay, maybe not literallyyyy, but you get the idea) Outdoor photography was more intriguing to me, more real. There was something about not being in control of nature, [the lighting, weather, etc] & having to learn how to let it speak for itself. When mother nature has a plan of it’s own, you’re left with nothing but your own creativity. 

Traveling, exploring, documenting, & seeing all that the world has to offer really is what has a special place in my heart (Alongside making a positive difference in people’s lives) So, now that we are moving to Germany, it just feels like it’s meant to be. God is without a doubt sending us there, because he knows we can do this. He knows that Zack can take care of the troops over there, & he knows that I can truly perfect my craft, & vision there, too. My vision of wrapping art, history, & culture all into one. Embracing it. Loving it. Living in it. Sharing my passion for history with the world, to remind people of what shaped our society. To show them the beauty this world offers. To teach people about cultures other than their own. This is what I’m meant to do.

So, no. I’m not scared. Obviously, going to a foreign country is intimidating, but God knows that we can handle it. That’s why he is trusting us to go on this crazy adventure! I’m more excited than anything to see where this journey takes my best friend & I. To see the places we’ve always learned about in school, & walk on the same ground history was made. To meet people who speak a different language than us, learn their traditions, & embrace them fully.  To grow as people, & to inspire everyone who follows along this journey with us. 

Stay tuned!

[P.S. Have you seen our announcement video yet? I linked it below in case you haven’t!]


♡ Valerie Karen.

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23 thoughts on “THE SECRET IS OUT – We Are Moving to GERMANY!

  1. Allan J. ("A.J.") Smith says:

    How exciting for you both! You’ll enjoy Germany and, as it is such a tremendous launch point to all of Europe, your adventures will be limitless. Enjoy the fear a little bit, it’s all part of the experience; however, I’m sure you’ll find, as I did on my several trips to Europe, you’ll get along just fine, it’s hard to find a place where there is no one who speaks at least a little English, and you’ll pick up some of their languages too, as you’ll have time to immerse. Once you get used to the signs, which make more sense than ours, driving is a piece of cake, too. Your time there will fly, so make a bucket list of places to go. You’ll find train travel in Europe is awesome, and you can get cheap flights to almost anyplace. Put the Dalmatian coast of Croatia on your short list.

  2. Nina says:

    How exciting! Germany is great. I am sure you will love it. It is close to anything actually so you will be able to go to some really nice places around there. Don’t forget about a glass of beer.

  3. Karla says:

    Wow, How exciting!I hope both of you will love and enjoy your new place. Going to another place is kinda new,but I know both of you can handle it. Have a safe going there!

  4. Ally says:

    That must be so exciting for you! Congratulations on your move, good luck – and enjoy I’ve always wanted to visit Germany.

  5. Casey Loo says:

    Wow, how exciting it is when you move to other place. I’ve been to Germany a few times and it is a great place to live as well as work. No doubt that I will visit it again in the near future. All the best!

  6. Natalia says:

    That’s a great news you’re moving to Germany! It’s also a big change, as you’ll need to learn new customs, I once thought I would live there, but after a longer consideration I got to know it’s not a place for me. 🙂

  7. Tamalyn says:

    Oh, Valerie! Reading this I feel like I met my long lost friend! You two are SO SO cute! I am truly excited for you guys – these next few years are going to be just AMAZING. Get ready to do some major traveling once you unpack in your new home in Germany. I can’t wait to follow along! Safe travels!

  8. Sigrid Says Blog says:

    That sounds awesome! Germany is a lovely country. I have a friend who frequents Germany because she is married to a German. She always has a lovely time there. You will be fine. Good luck! 😀

  9. kumamonjeng says:

    I guess you are looking forward to your new life in Germany. Changes make us learn and make us to be a stronger person. You get to see another part of the world too. What a great experience and hope to hear more updates from you in Germany.

  10. To be the perfect mother says:

    Good news you make a decision to travel to Germany. It’s a great country, my brother living there. I think there’s no big difference between USA and Germany, despite the language and you’ll be far away from your family.
    But, I’m sure you’ll love the new life as soon as possible

  11. Rosey says:

    I have a cousin whose son was stationed in Germany. He met a woman there, fell and love and now lives there permanently, even though he’s out of the service! He loves it there, and I bet you will too. Congrats!

  12. Chiara Lisbeth de Lisi says:

    So exiting!!! Hope you’ ll love Germany! It’s a beautiful country! I’m italian and went there a couple of times, really enjoyed their culture and lifestyle!

  13. Emma Riley says:

    That looks really exciting. Germany is one of the nicest country and I am sure you will enjoy and you will definitely see how beautiful Germany is.

  14. Gee Vee says:

    Good luck to your new journeys on life and love there in Germany. It’s a great adventure to see the world with your loved one. Stay in love, couple!

  15. Amila Wickramarachchi says:

    So exciting to hear!Moving to a new country is really exciting.You will have enough time to explore Germany.Hope to read future posts about your new life in Germany.

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