The Snow Day That Wasn’t

Happy Sunday from a freezing cold Atlanta!

I am 100% positive that yesterday and today are the coldest day we have had since last winter aka today is the first day Joel and I have (reluctantly) had to use the heat in our apartment. All week, we had been anticipating a winter storm to come through late Friday night/early Saturday morning. The weather channel said we were expected to get about 3-4 inches of snow.

When we woke up yesterday morning and peaked out the window – all we seemed to have gotten was a whole bunch of freezing rain and ice. The brittle trees were all covered in icicles but there was no snow to be found. Not that I was very disappointed considering I am not a fan of the cold and/or snow.

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We started our morning with a workout together. I am loving our new Saturday routine we have. With Joel’s job, he normally has work on the weekends but the last couple he has had off which has been great. We started the workout with a mile run warm up before completing an Upper Body Circuit. It was a great way to start the day (aka being lazy for the rest of the day).

We ran a few errands before relaxing on the couch to binge watch our latest Netflix obsession – How To Get Away With Murder.

We recently made a commitment to make a meal together one night a week (which typically falls on Saturday night). The combination of Joel’s job often has him working some nights + our different dietary preferences has led us to be on our own for dinners most nights. We are creatures of habit and typically eat most of the same foods everyday. So in an effort to change up our routine (and to teach Joel how to cook), we have made an agreement to cook something different/or eat out once a week. This sounds silly, but so far it has been great + has been a great date night for us every weekend.

Last weekend we made Lettuce Tacos! This weekend is breakfast for dinner. I could seriously eat breakfast foods and biscuits everyday, all day long if I let myself. On the menu for tonight is an egg white/spinach scramble (for me – I haven’t gotten Joel on the egg train yet), Applegate Chicken & Apple Sausage and PANCAKES!!!

I literally cannot remember the last time I had pancakes – it was honestly those pre-made frozen ones sometime in high school.

Joel was quite the pancake making pro.

Bet you can’t guess which plate is mine…

And cookies… because why not. My neighbor back home makes THE best chocolate chip cookies every holiday season. My mom was nice enough to send Joel and I a few of them in the mail this week. 🙂

 

– Sarah Beth Bosco

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I cannot believe it is already 2017! I feel like it was just yesterday that Joel and I were watching football, cuddled up on the couch with our pup bringing in 2016. I may just feel that way because it is exactly how we brought in 2017 the other night as well… creatures of habit, no?

2016 has been without a doubt one of the best years I have had to date. Here is why –

  • Joel moved to Atlanta! – After 4 years of long distance (8+ hours between the two of us), Joel and I finally are living in the same city. This hasn’t happened since my Junior year of high school and I am so excited about it. Joel graduated college back in May and packed up his few belongings (a trash bag of clothes) and moved in a few days after his final exams. It has been a learning experience for the both of us and we are still learning everyday – living with a boy, let alone another person is always a challenge. But through the troubles, have come LOTS of fun times and memories with my boy.
  • My job & the best of friends. You are probably thinking this is an odd combination and for most people, it is. – but I truly have met some of my best friends through my current job. I have been working for my company since August 2015, but transitioned into my current role back in March 2016. Through this, I have met some of my best friends. From birthday’s, brunches, concerts, happy hours, engagement parties, weddings – we have done it all this year. As for my job and beginning my career, I have learned so much about myself and am continuing to grow professionally and personally. I am so excited for what is to come in the next year!
  • My health and running. I am so fortunate to be able the ones to wake up in the morning and say that I “get” to run. I started out 2016 by impulsively signing up for a half marathon with my dad in February…for a half marathon that was in March. Now, don’t get me wrong, up until that point I had been running. I have always wanted to run a half marathon but didn’t have the confidence in myself to think I could do it – so what better way to do it than to just sign up on a whim? Right? …Besides the fact that I had never ever ran more than 6-7 miles in my life. 🙂 I talk about this a little more here. After this half marathon, I ended up hurting my IT band and was out of running for a good 3-4 months, I think. This is hard for someone that likes to be as active as I do. I recovered finally, and have since then stuck to shorter races and increasing my speed – which led me to my 5K PR in October! My whole point of this little rant is that I am SO fortunate that I get to get up everyday and do something that I enjoy and am healthy enough to do.
  • Family. I have always been close to my parents and my sister, but I think as I have gotten older the closer we have become. Especially being 5 hours apart and the fact that I don’t get to see them as often as I would like, I really try to call and text them more than I would have in the past. They have been the best support system through everything and am so fortunate for them! BUT breaking news – my sister is moving to ATL in a week!

There are many more other things that I was thankful for this year, but I will leave it at that. 🙂

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

– Sarah Beth Bosco

Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness – or Does It?

The past month alone has been such a whirlwind – of good, bad and a few come to Jesus meetings.

For starters, before Joel graduated and moved to Atlanta, we had life figured out. Or so we thought. Joel would move to Atlanta, he would apply to Physical Therapy school here, he would complete school and start working and we would live happily ever after with our little family.

Well as you can probably assume – things do not always go as planned. Three days before he was scheduled to take his GRE, he decided he didn’t want to be a Physical Therapist. It wasn’t something that made him happy or excited to go to work everyday. A career in the health field was something he felt like he had to do, something that would support a family, bring in enough money to buy all of the things we want and to have a happy life.

He slowly figured out (slowly as in spent his whole college career working towards this only to change his mind days before the GRE) that he wasn’t happy with this choice and that he had been working so hard towards it for all the wrong reasons.

When making his final decision, he was a little apprehensive because he didn’t want to let anybody down (i.e. me, my parents, his parents) or be a disappointment for not going on his so called directed path and making X amount of salary. I could honestly not even believe what was coming out of his mouth when he said this. So many people – me included – feel the pressure to do a certain thing or go down a certain path in order to be considered “successful”.

I have told him so many times that I would much rather him chose a career that he is going to be happy with and not be miserable every day going to – it isn’t about the money. Maybe it is to some people – but that is a personal decision we all have to make. Yes it is nice to have that large paycheck coming in every week, but with most jobs that comes with time and experience. Would you rather have a job that pays super well and absolutely hate going to work everyday and be miserable during your one life or have a job that pays good enough at the moment and love going to work every day. You spend a large percentage of your day at work – why not do something you enjoy?

Joel is currently in the process of figuring things out with his new career choice – stay tuned until everything gets figured out. I can already tell that he is 100 times happier with this choice than he was when he was planning to go to physical therapy school and that is what makes me the happiest.

 

– Sarah Beth Bosco

Lets Start From The Beginning

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Hello from Atlanta!

I haven’t always lived the big city life – I am quickly approaching my one year anniversary of learning to cut people off, my hour long 10 mile commute to work, using parking garages more than I care too and living way too close to a mall (Don’t worry – I really do like it here).

Growing up, I lived in a small low country  town in South Carolina then continued the small town streak when I attended Clemson University. Therefore when it came to graduating college and finding a job, I set my sights on the city life. I packed up all my belongings and moved to a place I knew maybe 2 people. All the while, my long term boyfriend was still finishing up his degree in Ohio.

Yep, Ohio. We met in high school and continued our relationship through out our college careers, 8 hours apart meant for lots of weekend trips and Friday classes skipped. This long distance continued until just a few weeks ago when my boy graduated and packed up all of his belongings (i.e. his clothes) and met me in Atlanta.

So, I am sure you are wondering when/how this Weimaraner came into play. Around Thanksgiving, I started getting an itch to get a puppy…because who doesn’t? Despite my confidence in my ability to care for another living creature…I took the plunge anyways. I had been wanting a blue, girl weim and when I contacted the breeder, what did she have left? A blue, girl weim of course! I took this as one of those “it is just meant to be” signs and drove to pick her up. Please keep in mind that while I did have family dogs growing up – I never really took part in the actual raising/caring for a dog. As a first time dog owner, the past few months have been a whirlwind of fun, stress, $$$, snuggles and weim crime.

Going from living by myself, living with a dog and now living with a boy and a dog – this has been a season of change and I am looking forward to this journey of learning to balance it all. I am pretty sure Joel knows me better than I know myself and I have never been more comfortable around any one more than I am with him…although I am sure he would appreciate it if I closed the door more when I use the restroom. I am excited to document our first adventures in the real world with you all.

Stay tuned for more posts about life, fashion and fitness.

– Sarah Beth Bosco