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January 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments
A few months ago, I went to Miami for a bachelorette party. At just over 3 months pregnant, I wasn’t the most fun or crazy member of the party (in fact, not surprisingly, I was exactly the least fun and crazy member of the group), but I’m reminded every time I visit that city how awesomely beautiful it is.
Chad and I thought long and hard about almost every major city in the United States when we left New York. (Truthfully, we thought quite hard about Paris and London as well, but unfortunately, they have their own legal systems and licensing, so we wouldn’t have been able to practice law… pretty much a dealbreaker). But one of my favorite things about being open to everywhere was thinking about all of the unique and wonderful aspects of each city — the glamour of Los Angeles, the natural beauty of Portland or Seattle, the excitement and energy of Miami.
We settled on Houston (the ease of life in Houston was hard to pass up, as well as being so close to Chad’s family) and have been incredibly happy here, but I still love imagining how our lives would have gone if we’d picked a different path and ended up somewhere else.
So here’s to my imaginary life in Miami: all parties and beaches and palm trees.
Tags: life · travel
October 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments
Four years ago, right around the beginning of 2009, I said to myself: I’m going to write a book.
But, hang on. Let me back up a minute.
See, five years ago, I ran a marathon. And you know what running a marathon is the best preparation for, ever?
Everything else you do in life. I don’t run anymore, but the mental toughness and strength that I got from marathon training has stayed with me so much longer than the physical strength ever could. Because here’s how you run a marathon:
You get to the point where every single muscle and bone in your body is telling you to stop running.
And you keep running.
It’s the best thing I ever learned how to do. To take myself to the point where all I wanted to do was quit, and to keep going. To ignore all the excuses and the doubts and the pain and to just push through, and get to the finish line. I didn’t run fast, but I finished. And for me, that was all that mattered.
Running a marathon was training for starting a business, for starting a blog, and for all the challenges and obstacles that I’ve faced since. But the thing that it was the best for, without a doubt? Writing a book.
Because four years after having that thought, I’ve written three books. Casey and Blake started out as little wisps of inspiration in my head, but in these four years with them, they’ve become so much more. They’ve kept me up at night wondering about how to tell their story, they’ve frustrated me to no end, they’ve made me laugh and cry, and they’ve made my life so much richer in so many ways.
So it was a big moment for me yesterday when Moving Forward, the third book in my Moving Neutral series, went on sale! I’ve been pouring blood, sweat and tears into this manuscript for over a year, and it’s an incredible feeling to finally release it into the world.
And what a release it was — in its first 12 hours, Moving Forward hit three Amazon Top New Release lists and two Bestseller lists. I am overwhelmed and so incredibly grateful, and hope that everyone who’s been waiting for this book will love it as much as I do. It took me a while to get it right, but I am so, so thrilled with how it turned out.
And kind of like running a marathon, I’m exhausted and proud and can’t wait to write another. Let’s hope I can get Book Four done before the baby is born!
Moving Forward is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. If you want to start at the beginning, Moving Neutral is available on Amazon here.
Tags: book · life · personal
So… we’ve got some big news! I’ve been waiting to post this for months now, and it’s been really hard to keep something so exciting a secret! But it’s finally time to share, and I’m incredibly thrilled to announce that I’m pregnant!
I am so, so excited — and nervous, and terrified, and all of the other emotions that come along with this huge change. But after moving to Texas, getting settled in our house, and generally feeling like our lives are really stable and happy at this point, it finally felt like the right time to take this next step. I still feel like I have to pinch myself — some mornings, I have trouble even wrapping my mind around it!
I found out back in August, when I was in New York for the Mark. Tenth Birthday Party (meeting Lucy Hale actually wasn’t the most exciting thing to happen to me that day)! I took the test (ahem… three tests… yes, I wanted to be very, very certain that morning) on the day of the party, which was amazing but also a little terrible, timing-wise: I wanted to tell Chad right away more than anything, but I also hated the idea of telling him over the phone! I decided to keep my lips zipped for an extra day so that I could tell him when I got back to Texas, but I couldn’t keep the news totally quiet, so… I got out my iPhone and recorded a video! As you guys can see, I was too excited to be organized or coherent, but now I’m really happy to have this little memento of the day I found out I was going to be a mom:
(Also sorry for the fuzzy quality… my iPhone was on its last legs this summer, but I was holding out till September to upgrade. Sadly, this video was shot with the old phone!)
I’m due at the end of April, so there’s still a while to go, but I’m now at almost 13 weeks (about three months) and I’m so happy to finally break the news! I was a bit of blabbermouth with friends and family early on — I tried so hard to wait until 12 weeks to share, but I couldn’t seem to stop myself from spilling the beans! I feel very, very lucky that things have gone smoothly so far, and hopefully things will stay that way for the next six months! There are basically an endless number of things you can worry about during pregnancy (Google is now my worst enemy), but so far, so good.
And… I’ve got a little bit of a bump already — more on that later this week!
Tags: baby · life · personal