And here we go.

The one ring that binds us. © Batang Dagat

So I got engaged last month. Part of me has yet to let it sink in, but most of me doesn’t really feel that different. This has always been the plan for years, so the proposal kinda just made it official.

I hit the ground running with the planning. Obviously, I’m not the sort of the girl who’s had her big day visualized since childhood, so all of that just came spilling out in the last few weeks. For the record, I’m pretty proud of how fast and efficient everything has been going so far. Not bad for someone who’s totally new at this. (And P.S. I don’t know how brides ever survived without Pinterest.)

Odin has been a solid partner throughout all of this – letting me have creative freedom (within reason and budget), giving his input when I need it, helping me contact suppliers, updating our Google Docs files, and even putting his foot down on some areas. Above all that, we’re always praying together, which lets me know that we’re going to be okay no matter what as long as we have God at the center of our relationship.

We’ve got nine months left and we’re enjoying and taking in every day slowly despite the hectic schedule we’ll be having this summer. I’m also going on a solo trip next month as a “one last” before I get hitched. It’s eight days of not having to work or plan or put on makeup or whatever. Just me, the sea and a good book.

So many things to look forward to in the coming months! I just hope it all doesn’t go by so fast.

Here’s the thing.

Us

It hasn’t quite sunken in yet. Both our lives are going to change forever, and while huge, life-altering decisions usually leave me with anxiety attacks, I have never felt calmer in my life. I have never been so sure of anything.

Here’s to the rest of our lives, love.

Love/Hate

Makati sunset

Ever have something beautiful choke the life out of you?

Being surrounded by so much concrete, crowds and chaos can only last me so long. I feel like I’m going mad sometimes, like my soul is clawing its way out of my body to fly somewhere far away to be with sand, waves and palm trees.

It won’t be long now. This summer will be mine, I swear it.

My Favorite Apps

This is something I don’t say out loud, but sometimes I feel like I can’t live without my phone. There may be days where I feel so enslaved by it that I kinda want to toss it out the window and go back to using a mobile that can only call and text. But most of the time, it’s like a trusty secretary I can always count on to make my life easier.

Me and my phone

I don’t believe in jailbreaking phones. I firmly believe that if an app serves its purpose well, the people who created and developed it deserve my money. Also, I don’t see how you can shell out a month’s worth of salary (or more) on a gadget, but refuse to pay 99 cents for an app.

Anyway, the other thing I believe in is paying it forward, so I’d like to share some of my favorite apps, in no particular order.

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…And all these things shall be added unto you

Oceanchild Creatives at work

2014 Life Lessons So Far

Life gets a lot easier to live with when you stop trying so hard to be in control all the time.

Discipline is everything. There is a fine, blurry line between “reason” and “excuse”.

Being kind and showing respect no matter what, even when not reciprocated, is still a privilege. It’s way too easy to be a jerk.

Celebrating bad behavior is overrated.

There is always, always room for improvement.

I refuse to let my fears paralyze me any longer.