Tuesday, February 11, 2014

what I thought at 21

I was so excited to turn 21. I was in college, working in radio, and living with my parents. I was going to rent a moonwalk to celebrate but most of my friends had to work an all-day concert the next morning and said they couldn't be out late, so I celebrated by dancing on the pool table at home with my friends instead.

You can't see my feet but I am standing on the pool table at my parents' house because I was 21 and drinking a lot. I know you're jealous of my mid-2000s shrug...

I thought I was going to stay in radio and host a morning show. Move around the country where the jobs were. Get a tiny apartment and finally learn how to cook. Go on a string of bad dates so that I would have something to talk about on this morning show of mine.

But as life so often does, there were other plans for me. I met a guy through this radio job and quickly fell in love. And the dreams of 21 year old me changed and shifted to just dreaming of being with this guy.

I didn't want to move unless he could come with me. I didn't want to work in morning radio because it was less time with him. I wanted to live with him because I never wanted to be away from him. I didn't want to learn to cook because he did it for me (well, to be honest, in those early years he took me out to dinner. A lot. Cooking came later).

If you had told me on my twenty-first birthday that it would be my last as a dateless lady, I wouldn't have believed you. If you told me that I was going to meet the man I would marry a few months later, I would have said you were crazy. It's true what they say - love finds you when you stop looking for it.

So today we celebrate eight years together. Eight years since you asked if you could double dip on our first date and you brought me Jason Mraz's Tonight, Not Again CD instead of flowers. It feels like no time at all, but I don't remember what life was like without you in it. Thanks for changing my 21st year and every year since. I'm so glad I didn't know it all at 21. It means we get to go through all of life's unpredictables together. Happy Eight Years!

My College Graduation, December 2007

Our wedding, demonstrating our secret handshake, June 2010

Rockefeller Center, December 2013
(Sorry, I was going to PicMonkey collage these all nicely but it just wasn't cooperating.)

If you want to read how we met, check out last year's dating anniversary post.

Glossy Blonde

33 comments:

  1. happy anniversary! you guys are adorable and what a great wedding pic :)

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  2. Ahhh we were so young and naive at 21, yet we thought we were old and wise haha! Happy 8 years!! :-)

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  3. Oh to be 21 again! Love the wedding picture! Happy 8th year, cheers to many more!

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  4. Happy anniversary, friend! I love that you were dancing on the pool table at your parents house. My parents would have KILLED me If I stood on ours haha! Also? Best wedding pic ever! Your dress is so pretty too!!!

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  5. This is so fun to read. It's true, your plans can change so quickly when you're in love!

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  6. Happy Anniversary! I love your wedding picture, your personality really shows in that one!

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  7. I love this! I met Jason at 23, and never imagined I'd be so normal, lol. I was ready to be party girl forever. Happy Anniversary!

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  8. Love the shrug! I cringe at most of my fashion choices from college and the early and mid 2000s.

    If you had told me at 21 I would be doing what I am now, I would have laughed at you. I had no idea what I thought I would be doing, but it certainly isn't this!

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  9. Happy anniversary! Ya'll seem like you have so much fun together! So did you let him double dip on the first date?!

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  10. Aw how cute!! I love thinking back to my 21 birthday...the things I thought were important- just have to shake my head now!

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  11. First off - you know I was in school for Radio as well. Even had my own morning show (I say morning but it was middle of the night, and no one listened, it was jazz music) and left for a guy too! WHAT!! You two are super cute! Happy 8 years!

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  12. Happy Anniversary!!! I love that wedding photo!!! Oh I also had that shrug...rocked it all the time with my tank and bootleg jeans ;-)

    ~Amanda
    Meet @ the Barre

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  13. Happy 8 years!

    Ahh, the shrugs of the early 2000s.

    Love that wedding pic.

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  14. Happy Anniversary!!!! That wedding picture is so fun! Isn't it funny how life turns out exactly the opposite of how we thought it would?!

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  15. This is neat! My husband and I just moved to Houston from Fort Worth! Cool blog!

    Kindra

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  16. Happy 8 years! I was only 21 four years ago and life has drastically changed for me since then. It's crazy how our life turns out differently than we imagine isn't it? I wouldn't want it any other way though!


    Ashley, Married to the Game

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  17. Happy 8 years! I was only 21 four years ago and life has drastically changed for me since then. It's crazy how our life turns out differently than we imagine isn't it? I wouldn't want it any other way though!


    Ashley, Married to the Game

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  18. Aw this is so sweet! I love flash back pictures! Rockin the crop top sweater!

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  19. who knew you were such a softie ;) so presh!

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  20. LOVE the secret handshake picture! That fact that you even have a secret handshake is awesome! I was married at 21 too! You seem far beyond your years though so I can see why!

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  21. Love the wedding photo! Happy anniversary :)

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  22. Happy Anniversary! I thought I was going to be on the real world but I got married instead, lol.

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  23. Now go do another 8 years you kids!

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  24. This is such a super cute post! Thank goodness we don't know it all when we're young, right? The rest of life would certainly be boring. Happy eight years!

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  25. Happy Anniversary!! Such a cute post to celebrate. I loved it! And that Jason Mraz CD is my favorite one. :)

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  26. Happy Anniversary! I love that wedding picture. I agree. I'm so glad I'm not where I thought I'd be on my 21st birthday.

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  27. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Ohhhh to be young again! :)

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  28. It IS true about love finding you when you stop looking for it! Happy Anniversary! So cool that y'all met at such a young age (well young to me!) and your life changed positively from it. I love that you wanted to be a radio host and move around the country. :)

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  29. Happy Anniversary!! I had a few of those mid-2000's shrugs too haha. And I LOVE that wedding picture. So cute!

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  30. Aw man, so cute!!! Happy anniversary love birds. Vo

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  31. Aww!! Wow, 8 years together! My husband and I are coming up on 4,so half of that. Sometimes it's kind of awesome when our lives don't turn out the way we expect!

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  32. Happy anniversary! I love his face in the wedding photo.

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