Happiness, Bold Love, and a Husband.


Happiness, Bold Love, and a Husband

Wow.  These past six months.  Wow.  There was no way I could fathom the changes coming when I started writing. I got happiness, bold love, and a husband (with a Baby on the way!). I’m so very grateful I got to share it here.  Every single comment and encouragement kept me calm through the chaos; thank you, thank you, thank you.

What are you most proud of from the last 6 months?
How Mr. A and I have handled the curve balls and life changes.  It would have been so easy to close our eyes and run into everything, but that is where the “Only Fools Rush In” cliche came from.  We spent so much time preparing ourselves and our relationship for the changes a baby will bring.  I will also always be incredibly proud of how Mr. A took the “I’m pregnant” news.  He was a rockstar and the most supportive guy I could have hoped for.  He’s a rock and I am so proud to call him my husband and baby daddy.
What is your favorite meal memory?
The night we got married my bestie and her husband treated us to the fanciest meal of my life,  Spruce in San Francisco.  The food was amazing, the service was impeccable, and we spent three hours laughing and enjoying ourselves. Our wedding party was small, my best friend and her husband were our only guests but I felt so incredible surrounded by love and friendship that night.  Starting off our marriage with so much friendship and laughter was priceless.

What’s the best piece of advice you have for someone struggling with a QLC?
Don’t do it alone.  Reach out.  Find a community (or a tribe) to help you out.  There is no shame in needing some help.  We all go through things, and maybe someone has been where you are and has the tools that will help you out.

Post a picture of your happy self over the last six months – Where were you, what were you doing and who were you with?
My picture is from breakfast the morning after Mr. A and I got married.  It was a crappy diner we fond after walking around starving for 45 minutes.  I love that Mr. A and I are glowing with our happiness. I mean, I feel happy looking at this picture. I also love that you can see Mr. A’s wedding band.

What’s the best piece of advice someone has ever given you?
My Grandpa told me once that every emotion comes from one of two places, fear or love.  You get to pick which drives you. (I pick love.)

What’s your killer music mix?
I’ve been in such a Country Music phase lately, but I am OBSESSED with Mat Kearney’s new single “Hey Mama”.  When I am walking from the train to my office every morning this song gets me super pumped.  (Bonus: The video is full of non-generic beautiful people) (Try watching the video and not wanting to clap along.  Real talk, yo.)

Three biggest obsessions right now…
1. Baby slings
2. My Drunk Kitchen
3. Ice Cream (What?! It’s summer and I’m pregnant!)

What has happened in your time as a Stratejoy blogger that you would never have imagined for yourself in January?
Lets see, from the time I wrote a post called “The Loneliness” I fell madly in love, got pregnant, and got married.  (No big deal or anything. Holy Life Changes Batman.)

What’s something you learned from each of the other ladies of Season 4?
Courage in the face of fear.  Every single one of us jumped into huge things this season and they all did it with such honesty, vulnerability, and courage.  You can do anything.  You can quit that job you hate. You can start your OWN kick ass company. You can face your fears of becoming a mama.  You can be a beautiful songbird.  You can move to another country and find yourself in love.  I have so much love and admiration for the women in this season.

What’s your Dream Job? Dream Vacation? Dream Home?
Dream Job: Freelancing from home.  Dream Vacation: Italy with Mr. A.  Dream Home: Anywhere with good schools with space for Baby Boy to run around.

What’s currently turning you on?
The 30 minutes every night Mr. A spends reading and singing to my belly. He is going to be such an amazing father that the thought of it is making me tear up as I write this.

How are you going to change the world?
I’m going to be fearless. I’m going to be a wife, mother, writer, risk-taker. I’m going to share the whole thing and hope that my story can inspire some other woman out there to be fearless too. Bold and fearless; this is what change is made of.


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