2014 word of the year

Happy 2014 everyone. As you may have noticed, I took a little break from this blog at the end of 2013. It wasn’t planned, but I think it was needed. As I had mentioned before, the October/November/December months are pretty crazy at the Byrd house and I really wanted to focus on enjoying all aspects of this birthday/anniversary/holiday season since it is our last as a two-some!

Like most people seem to do, I spend a lot of time self-reflecting at the end of each year — What did I do right? What did I do wrong? How do I want to improve myself? I’m usually very internal with these thoughts and I tend to make general mental notes to myself rather than hard resolutions.

But this year is a little different. 2014 is going to one of the biggest years ever for me, so it seems fitting that I would try something new to get myself ready.

I saw this workbook posted on Joelle’s Facebook page knew it was going to be exactly what I needed to get my year off to a great start. I printed it off and spent some time with it as I waited to go to dinner on NYE. The workbook took me through this last year and provided a lot of space for reflection. Getting these thoughts out of my head and onto the paper was a great way for me to clearly see what I wanted to work on for 2014.

Towards the end of the workbook, you are prompted to choose a word of the year – something that will guide and inspire you throughout 2014.

2014 word of the year

My word of the year is devote. When thinking about things I wanted to work on for this year, I had something in mind for almost every part of my life – my marriage, family, work, home. Overall, I want to find the perfect balance that I crave. And without going into too much detail about all the things I want to work on here, I’ll say that the word “devote” fits my goals perfectly.

So, cheers to the new year! I wish nothing but great things on all of you and your families in 2014.

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a post about love

|| Warning: this post is mushy ||

Today marks our two year wedding anniversary.

Two years ago we stood in front of our family and friends {in the rain} and were joined together as husband and wife.


I know it’s so cliche of me to say, but it was seriously my favorite day ever…

…until today.

That’s a really hard thing to admit – both publicly and to myself. I almost feel guilty for feeling as though my wedding day is not my favorite day ever.

I think we (especially women) are conditioned to think that your wedding day is the single most important day in our relationships — or even our lives. We spend countless hours planning the “perfect” day and when all goes well, we believe that no day should ever be better.

Two years ago, I had that “perfect” day. Our wedding was everything I imagined it would be. It was simple, beautiful and very fitting for the two of us – if I had the chance to re-do it, I wouldn’t change a thing.


So how could today top that?

Today, I was overwhelmed by love.

It was a pretty normal day for us. Our morning started with homemade waffles. After breakfast, we both had projects to work on so we did. I went to a class I had registered for a few weeks back, and Alex took care of some stuff around the house. We picked up Taco Bell for dinner and watched the newest episode of “The Amazing Race”.

Pretty romantic stuff right?

Call me crazy but the simple fact that we spent our anniversary really not doing anything “special” is what made today so amazing for me. And as we sat on the couch figuring out what we were going to do for dinner I started to cry the happiest tears.

Now, if you know me, you know I am a crier. But this wasn’t a “normal” cry. Tonight I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of love that I felt for my husband and once the tears started flowing, I honestly felt like I would burst if I tried to suppress them. Never have I felt an emotion as strong as this.

I cried because I love that we are “boring” and don’t need to spend tons of money to be happy. I cried because I love the fact that we celebrate “us” on a daily basis – and that our anniversary isn’t something we go crazy over. I cried because I love our love.


Obviously, I loved Alex on {and before} our wedding day. But that love has continued to grow and evolve in the past few years and today it reached out and slapped me in the face. It’s really hard to explain, but that overwhelming “I’m-going-to-burst-if-I-don’t-let-it-out-NOW” feeling of love is something seriously special and I hope that everyone reading {if you are still reading these rambles} gets to experience it at some point in their lives. And because I got to experience that today, is why today has been my favorite day ever.

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