Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In Need of Change

Lately I have been feeling blah.
This blahness is not a depressed feeling.
It's not an unhappy with life feeling.
It's a feeling that I need change in my life.
There are certain aspects in my life that I want and need to change.
I feel like there is this heavy weight on me.
This weight that is forcing me to realize I have to do what makes me happy.
I have to do what I enjoy.
Lately I have had very little time to really stop and enjoy life.
I am so caught up in the daily grind.
And it is draining.
If there is one thing I've learned recently it's that life is way too short.
It's too short to spend 10 hours a day in a office.
It's too short to not spend time at the beach.
It's too short to not spend more time with my love.
It's too short to not see family and close friends.
It's too short to not love what you do everyday.

I know I have the power to change what is not serving me.
I just have to dig deep and find the will, courage, and strength to go get what I want.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Engagement Photos

We talked about it and decided it was more important to hire a professional photographer to do our wedding pictures instead of our engagement pictures. So with the help of our roommate, Sam she used our camera to take our engagement photos.
We actually had a plan to go to Kualoa Ranch and then to the beach to take pictures. But on our President's Day holiday it was rainy and overcast. So we ventured over to Moanalua Gardens, which one of Zach's co-workers recommended to him. That was our only day off together where we could take pictures so we figured even if it was raining hopefully we would be blocked by the trees. It turned out to be perfect! There was no rain (just mud) and the sun started to peek through the clouds.
We didn't really know how to pose...I wanted us to have fun with it and we did.  Sam did a wonderful job, we got some great photos! After the gardens we decided to drive up to Tantalus to see if there were any good photo taking spots but it was still a bit too cloudy.

Once the rainy season is over I hope we can find a day to go to Kualoa Ranch and to the beach to take  a few more photos.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Zach's Hair

For as long as I have known Zach he has always gone back and forth between growing out his hair, beard, or mustache. He'd start to grow his hair out to see how long he could get it but would always end up cutting it before it would start to lay down. 
For the past 21 months he grew his hair out...
His stages were the curly top poofball. The almost long enough to pull it into a ponytail. And the shoulder length sufer look, which I really liked when he wore a hat! 
When we started planning our wedding the hair topic came up and we came to an agreement, either long hair and clean shaving or short hair and a beard. The choice was Zach's and he choose the beard. 
He wanted to make sure his hair was long enough to donate, which it was well over 10 inches long. So on Valentines night we went to the barber shop and he said goodbye to his long curly locks. 

Every time he grew his hair out I told him I wanted to straighten it. Well, I finally got the chance to! 

This is the Zach remember when we first started dating. 

So now he is working on growing out his beard...let's hope it looks good for the wedding! 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Yoga and Wedding

We have been busy...Zach has been busy with school, work, and the gym. I've been busy with work and yoga. And we've both been busy with wedding planning {there's so much to plan and think about!}

I completed the first 2 (out of 5) modules in the yoga teacher training and I definitely learned a lot in a month's time. I felt like a sponge trying to absorb all that I could and I let myself be okay with not fully understanding everything, I know it will all come in time.  It wasn't just doing yoga poses 5 days a week for a month. It was learning the correct alignment of poses, along with observing our bodies in postures, and recognizing and feeling the ever slightest adjustments of our muscles, heads, joints, ribs, and breath. We started learning about the history and philosophy of yoga; which the philosophy of yoga is something all of its own and quite a deep topic. We also started learning about meditation and the language of Sanskrit. Meditation is hard. It's really difficult to sit still with your eyes closed and just let your thoughts pass. It is something I need to work on and make time for.

Girls at work have been asking me when I was going to start teaching them, so the other day after work 4 of us stayed and I taught my first ever yoga class. It was fun! And the girls seemed to really enjoy it. They want to make this a weekly occurrence, which I think would be a great help for me to become comfortable with teaching.

I start module 3 on Wednesday and I'm super excited for it. The next 3 modules (February, March, and April)  include training for 5 days straight for 7 hours each day and we will be focusing more on sequencing a class. I'm hoping more things will start to click and I'll understand how to better prepare and design a class.

In wedding planning news...
I bought my dress!  A few of my co-workers went with me 3 separate times to try on dresses (they are the best) and I'm so grateful I had them there to help me out.

These ladies are the best! 

If you don't know yet, I am the most indecisive person. It is difficult for me to make decisions.  And I am not one of those girls who has pictured my wedding dress since I was 10 years old. I just wanted something flattering and not too expensive and that's what I got. When I was wearing the dress the other night in he bridal shop all I kept thinking was, "I can't wait to marry Zach". I had that moment where nothing else matters except I am marrying the love of my life!

We have the food caterer booked. We are both really excited for the food option we have chosen.

We went the other day to look at wedding rings and I have picked mine out. Now Zach just has to choose one.

On Monday we are going to take our engagement photos so hopefully we'll have invitations sent out soon.

Things are falling into place!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Save the Date!

We have officially locked down the venue and wedding date!!!
August 14, 2014 at Elings Park in Santa Barbara
We are so excited and it feels good to have it settled so we can concentrate on all the details. 
Since we are Hawaii and have decided to have the wedding in California Zach's parents kindly went to check out the venue for us. 
We think it's the perfect fit for how we invasion our wedding. 

The ceremony and reception will both be held at the park.
The park offers for the ceremony to take place in the amphitheater or on the grass.
We haven't decided yet which one we will use. 
The amphitheater seems neat but I don't like the idea of us standing in the dirt and there is not a true aisle to walk down.
We are still deciding on the amphitheater or the grass.

We love the large deck area for the reception.It will be great to have everyone gather for dinner and dancing. 

I am so excited to really start planning!!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tim & Chelsea's Visit

Over Christmas my friends Tim and Chelsea came to visit.
We really enjoyed their company and they had a fun Hawaiian vacation.
It was good to catch up on everything with them...
Chelsea is half way done with law school and Tim is busy teaching.
Luckily, the weather was amazing and we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day at the beach.
And Chelsea and I talked a lot about wedding stuff, it was nice having her here to help me start the initial planning process.

They really enjoyed Hanauma Bay and seeing the beaches of Oahu. 
They treated us to an adventurous kayaking trip. 
We rented two double kayaks and went out of Kaneohe Bay.
The guy at the rental place told us there was a sand bar to stop at and a little island that had good snorkeling. We reached the sand bar, which was neat.
It was a little windy and overcast and we kayaked farther than we had to, which turned out to the wrong island.
But we had a good time.

It was sure good to spend time with them! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Our Engagement

I was surprised when Zach popped the big question 3 weeks ago. Sure, we had talked about getting married and we'd say things like, "When we get married..." or "At our wedding..." but now that it's actually happening it feels surreal. Those first 48 hours of being newly engaged are moments I never want to forget. When we told our families and friends and people asked if we had a date set or knew any details all we could say was, "We don't know anything yet". I just wanted to soak in all the happiness and love I was feeling. We both couldn't stop smiling.
Sometimes throughout the day when life is crazy and hectic I look down at my left hand and see the ring Zach placed on my finger and I am reminded of how lucky I am...I get to marry and spend my whole life with my best friend; the one who makes me laugh every day and who loves me for all that I am.
Now that the feeling and words "engaged" and "fiancĂ©" have sinked in we have started planning our wedding. We don't know much yet, but we are working on it. We know we want a relaxed, outdoors wedding in Southern California with our families and close friends. Every day we talk about ideas or look at Pinterest for insperation for our wedding. It has been fun and I love that Zach is into planning and giving his input.  Once we have our venue and date I know things will start to fall into place and it will be easier to plan and finalize everything.
I just want us to really enjoy and have fun in our engagement.

I'm addicted to looking at Pinterest!

 We are thinking an evening wedding and I want lots of twinkle lights
I love this sign

 I can't wait to try on wedding dresses...
I want something with lace but simple

It seems every day so far our thoughts on wedding colors change...
we really like the idea of gray pants for the guys 
so we've been leaning towards more soft, natural colors. 
But theses colors together are pretty!