Ive started writing this about twenty time, highlighted the whole thing, and then deleted it. I want to write one of these every year. For Jamie. For me. I want to look back at every year and see how things have changed and stayed the same. But how do I sum up the best year of my life in one post? How do I put all of that into words? Its a hard task, but one I feel is important enough to try.
In the last year, I feel like we have had a real kickstart on the life we had always dreamed of. We have had spontaneous weekends away, looking for waterfalls, chasing the sunset, climbing sand dunes to discover ruins and lighthouses. We have travelled to the far east and lived in Thailand for a month. We rode mopeds up mountains that were far too big for the engines and watched the sun set behind the mountains of Burma, then felt the air turn freezing cold as we rode back down to the city in the dark. We played with baby tigers and elephants, fought of moneys and traveled the length and breadth of an island with our best friends, it's beautiful beaches and national parks untouched. We rode out into the night at 3am and raced each other along the sea's edge. We saw scenery we could have never have dreamed up or imagined. We drank cheap whiskey and orchid topped cocktails by the ocean. We got to spend time falling in love with each other all over again, and learning the importance of sharing these experience with the ones we love and the friends we cherish. We spent almost an entire week with the flu, moving from our bed to the sofa bed, and helping each other complete an insane puzzle game on the playstation. We binge watched Suits, danced in the Kitchen and cooked for each other on the days we needed looking after. We faced the hard times, hand in hand, and pulled each other up, sometimes having to drag each other along, but came out standing. We named our future puppy and reread our favourite book series together. We shot weddings together and realised their is nothing we love more than being each other's professional support system, as well as emotional. We returned to Paris. The place where it all began, the place where we started to fall in love, and just fell deeper. We woke up to Parisian buildings and shared a jug of thick hot chocolate. We kissed under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel tower. We laughed more than I ever remember laughing. We found new places and rediscovered old ones. This year, we loved like crazy.
I have a husband who has adored me unconditionally for two years, no matter how difficult I get, how many cakes or food experiments I mess up, I have had someone who still looks at me like the stars shine from my eyes. I will never know what I did to deserve this life, but I know that I will cherish and record every moment that I am able to. I can't wait to see what year three brings for us.