Happy Valentine’s Day!  This is our first Valentine’s as newlyweds and I must say, it’s definitely all it’s cracked up to be.  Our celebrating hasn’t even begun yet, but just snuggling with your one true love is just the best feeling.  With only a few exceptions, I’m so surprised how closely my marriage reflects what I hoped and dreamed for as I grew up.  Luckily a lot of those exceptions are better than what I anticipated.  Real love is certainly better than any Disney movie I ever watched.    Having him work from home and that he can work anywhere is way better then sending him off to work each day with a kiss and I tend things at our home in the suburbs.  Perhaps when the children come, that will be our lives, but we need our fill of adventure until then.

As we continue preparations for our upcoming adventure, I’ve been surprised how well I’m doing getting used to the idea of living with very little as we travel.  I love shopping and finding hugely discounted bargains that I find to bring home, so it’s been hard to not only cut out almost all spending, but over the past few weeks, I’ve been selling boxes and boxes of clothes, shoes, and bags.  In fact, I’m a little embarrassed how much stuff I’ve collected over the years.  It’s curious how symbolic those things were as they mirrored the boxes and boxes of emotional baggage I gathered during that same time.  It’s been surprisingly liberating to get rid of it all, to focus on the essentials, and realize (in all areas of my life) what is most important.   And so that thought goes perfectly with quote on my Valentine card, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”