April 25, 2013

Many Celebrations & A Leap



3 reasons I'm sippin' on the bubbly this week:

First things, first...Beau and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary over the weekend and though it was plain and simple, it was exactly what we needed. (And I am still in absolute SHOCK that it's been two years already!) At our first anniversary, we decided we would take a trip every year and I vowed I would put my wedding dress back on (because who doesn't love wearing their wedding dress around the house?) Well...things change, 12-week old puppies take over your life and injured shoulders make putting on a wedding dress less than exciting. So-no trip this year and no wedding dress...[insert teeny sad face]...but we did indulge in a fabulous dinner, incredible drinks, yummy desserts, a couple of movies (even though I fell asleep #typical), took Oakley on extra long walks and just enjoyed our time together celebrating two years of Mr. and Mrs. Howard. :) Sometimes it's all about the simple things in life y'all, however I DID get ten types of crazy by going slingless to dinner. There's just something so un-sexy about a big, black arm sling... ;)
If I look completely uncomfortable in the picture above, it's because without a sling on my left arm, I was...


I'm a lucky, lucky girl to call him mine! :)

Second, and quite possibly the best news of all...I do NOT have to have surgery on my shoulder! The doctor said it is healing GREAT but it's very, very weak and extremely tight to the point that I can barely even lift it. A few weeks of physical therapy are in my near future and then hopefully I'll be back to my old self in NO time. Oh-and I'm also SLING-FREE! Thank goodness...it was getting hard to coordinate that stupid thing with my outfits... (And thank ALL of you for your sweet thoughts and prayers! They definitely worked!)

The third, and the most exciting/bittersweet, celebration in my life right now comes in the form of a new career! Some of you may or may not know that for the past 4 years, I have poured every ounce of my heart and soul into my current job. I have been able to fulfill my passion for health and wellness in so many ways possible that it's still a little surprising to me that I'm taking this leap. However, I have been presented with an incredible opportunity with a brand new company to fulfill the other half of my passion, which is marketing and social media. There comes a point in time where you have to do what's best for you and right now, I am 100% sure that this is what is best for me, my career and my family. It's also not everyday you're given opportunities like the one I have been given and I don't ever want to live a life of "what if's" so I'm taking the leap. And it's a huge, bullfrog-sized leap of faith but I know it's the right one. I am forever grateful for my current (soon to be "old") job for the knowledge I have gained, the books I've read (which is over 100!) the people I have met, the experiences I've experienced, and for the skills I've learned but as hard of a decision as it was, I have to close one chapter and start a new one in this so called "Book of  Life" I'm writing.

I stumbled across this quote the night before I accepted my new position and it spoke to me in a way that no other quote has ever spoken to me before. I hope it does the same for you.

To my friends, family and co-workers: thank you for your undying love and support during these past few days. The overwhelming amount of love and encouragement is appreciated more than you all will ever, EVER, know. I am very grateful that God has surround me with such good company. I love you all!

[Wipes tears of happiness.]

So there we have it. Two wonderful, incredible, sometimes challenging but always fun years of marriage, no shoulder surgery (heck to the yes) and my big leap of faith!

Even our baby bird is celebrating with us! :)
Gotta start 'em early on the booze, right? ;)

48 comments:

  1. Congrats on your 2 year wedding anniversary and Happy Annivesary!! :)

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  2. So many wonderful things going on for you!! Thank God you do not have to have surgery and congratulations on the new job!!! You are one blessed lady and may God continue to bless your awesome family!!

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  3. Super congrats on the shoulder and the new job!! What an awesome opportunity!

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  4. YAYAYAYAY to all of this!!!! :) I KNOW your going to ROCK the new job! So happy for you muffin!!!!

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  5. YAY to all the above woman!!!! Is it weird that I was thinking of you and your shoulder (that's not weird...right?) all week praying that you didn't have to have surgery because that would be the worst! And hellllo that is AWESOME about the leap to a new job. I wish you alll the best! Sometimes change is good...very good!

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  6. Looks like you had a great anniversary! Congratulations on your new job! :)

    http://cbijicollection.blogspot.ca/

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  7. Love your maxi dress for date night, very pretty! So happy you don't have to have surgery, what a pain that would've been. Congrats on your new job, that's awesome!

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  8. First things first, you and Beau are one hot of a couple!! ;)
    Secondly, yay for new opportunities!!! :) Such an exciting time for you. Cant wait to hear more about it...if you share ;)
    Lastly, your pup is the cutest. I show Tony picture of him all the time and he always asks where you got him, I say CA (I think you said that) and he says ok let's go get ourselves one LOL

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  9. Congratulations on your anniversary, no surgery and new job Steph! I know from working with you that you will do great wherever you go :)

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  10. Congratulations beautiful! I'm in social media marketing and I MAY be a little biased, but you'll love it :) Proud of ya!

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  11. Congrats on your new job AND not having to have surgery!! Great news!

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  12. awh hope y'all had a great anniversary!! that's so great that you don't have to have surgery!! I'm sure you're relieved! and Congrats on the new job, that is so exciting!!!!

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  13. Congrats on your new job! I always say that you should do whatever you love!

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  14. I am glad your arm is getting better! Congrats on the new job and thank you so much for the help in the past. I know you will love your new job!

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  15. Yay for no surgery, and double yay for starting anew chapter in your book of life!

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  16. Happy anniversary! Yay for no surgery! Congrats on the new job! :)

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  17. so much excitement! yay for no surgery, new jobs and precious puppies :)

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  18. Congrats on the new job! Good luck!!

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  19. Congratulations are definitely in order here! What a relief for NO surgery! Congrats on two years of marriage & the new job! That is very exciting!!!

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  20. You are GORGEOUS! Seriously. And congrats on the new job! And YAY for no surgery!

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  21. So so so so SO happy for you love!!! And that anniversary dress, wooo sexy mama ;)

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  22. Congratulations on your anniversary, no surgery AND your new job opporunity!

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  23. Congrats to all 3!! Such an exciting time for you. :)

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  24. Congrats on everything!!! Doesn't it feel wonderful when all of your hard work pays off and everything seems to be falling into place :)

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  25. Wahooo!!!!!! Love your dress. So happy for you on the new job girl!!!! That's the exact field that I'm in and man it is so.much.fun. it isn't NEARLY as stressful and SO rewarding for us "social media freaks" lol! xoxo

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  26. We are celebrating 2 years next month! Insane. Congratulations to you, on your anniversary and your new job! I work in marketing and social media myself. It's a fun industry. You'll be great!!

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  27. congrats! so many exciting things!! :) and i am so glad you are now sling-less. because i know how much it sucks.

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  28. Congratulations for so many reasons! No sling, no surgery, 2 years of wedded bliss, and your new career opportunity! :) I need to take a few more leaps of faith myself.
    Hugs!
    (will you please share where you got that gorgeous dress?)

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  29. Ahhh steph!!!! Congrats so so much on your new job! dying to hear all about it! that is great news and you are amazing at everything you do!!

    gurrrl you could rock that black arm sling to the flippin GRAMMYS!

    love you little family of 3 :-)

    xoxoxo

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  30. So excited for your new job opportunity! I know you'll rock it!

    And you and Beau Beau look so cute! Happy Anniversary!

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  31. CONGRATS gorgeous girl!! And enjoy that yummy bubbly x

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  32. Congrats girl! What an exciting time in your life! Best wishes on your new career!

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  33. congrats! you are gorgeous!! and i wish oakley and woodford could have a play date and become best friends!! xo

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  34. BIG CONGRATS on your new career, my love!!! You look amazing and continue to inspire me on my new mission to be healthy and fit instead of Bagel Bite stuffed and flabby!

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  35. Oh my goodness - congrats on the new job! It sounds amazing! And happy anniversary!

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  36. CONGRATS x3!!! So proud of you, friend!!! Hope you don't have to wear panty hose for the new job. :)

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  37. AAHHHHHH! Congratulations on no sling, no surgery, and the new job!! :) Y'all look great in the pictures. Can't wait to read more updates on the new job and life sans sling.

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  38. Well congrats all around to you missy! Anniversary, no surgery, new puppy and new job! Whoo hoo!

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  39. That is so exciting!!! Congratulations!

    :) Liz
    www.lifebylizz.wordpress.com

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  40. How exciting!! Congrats on the new job & I love the big Oakley girl!!

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  41. Happy anniversary once again! and this year must be the year of leaps cause I am taking the same career leap also (just not in the same industry haha)...It is nerve racking, but your quote is perfect and is perfectly inspiring. :) Cheers girl!!

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  42. I'm loving all the good news in this post! So glad that you won't be having surgery AND to hear that you'll be starting a new career!

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  43. I'm so excited for you!! So glad that you don't have to have surgery. Not gonna lie, that first picture reminded me of this skit from SNL: http://www.hulu.com/watch/465352

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  44. Congrats on the new job, that's awesome news! I'm sure your leap of faith is going to be a great change for you ;)

    And awesome news on no surgery! :-D

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  45. Congrats on 2 years, your new job, and good health!!! A good week for you!

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  46. Love love love this post sweet girl! It was great glad you all had a great time celebrating the 2nd year of marriage & yay to not having to have surgery that is wonderful news :)

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  47. Congratulations on all of your good news! What an exciting time!! I work in Social Media Marketing (I think we've chatted about this before), so I'm especially excited to hear about your career move. Excited to see where this path takes you!

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