I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I’ve written on here! Last week was SUCH a nice break. I was on a cruise with my family to Mexico, which meant I had no service, and it was one of the greatest feelings to disconnect from everything and everybody except the people who were physically there with me. It was like a breath of fresh air. I spent time with my family, I read a book for the first time in forever (that was awesome, I love page-tuner books that you can’t put down!), I laid out in the sun at the pool and the beach everyday, and I got up to watch the sunrise every single day and I laughed and laughed and laughed.
I have been so excited to get back to my writing and I figured I’d write all about my trip as soon as I got home! That didn’t happen… I came home with some kind of sickness and I’ve spent most of this week EXHAUSTED trying to get back to normal. I have also been struggling with what to write about. I have so many different posts I wanted to write about but I couldn’t pick which one I wanted to write first, and so I haven’t written at all. And then on Wednesday it hit me right in the face, gratitude. I feel like everything in my life recently has circled back to gratitude and that warms my heart. To physically feel and actually catch myself EVERY DAY thinking about how grateful I am for everything in my life. And I knew this would be my first post.
As the cruise came to an end and the time came for me to fly back to Texas I was hit by a wave of emotions. I was very sad heading back to my life here and it honestly hit me way harder than I excepted it to. I was fighting back tears most of the day (my last day at home) and especially on the way to the airport. As I said goodbye to my family the tears finally came. I wish more than anything I had more time with them or that I didn’t live so far away. I was in and out of sadness all the way back to Texas and even as I wanted for Ellie and Maldo to pick me up from the airport. As I saw them pull up and Ellie got out and hugged me, welcoming me back, I was so glad to have good friends to come back to. We were laughing, cracking jokes, and catching up on the drive back and I just remember thinking I am so thankful to have them. I say it all the time, I am SO thankful Ellie moved here and I am so thankful for our friendship. And I’m thankful for Maldo for always letting me third wheel him and Ellie literally all the time. I appreciate both of them so much.
I was also a little worried that my sadness would last more than it was welcome my first few days at home, and it didn’t. I woke up Monday morning tired but happy. I got into work and was greeted by everybody with “Eihusen, you’re back! We missed you!” and “You look so tan!”. Both made me smile and I am thankful to have such great co-workers and a job that I don’t dread everyday.
Wednesday I FINALLY got my car back, after two freakin months in the shop! AND MY LEAVE FOR JUNE GOT APPROVED!!! This is a big deal because I have super exciting plans for when I home in June for my sisters graduation! And my supervisor told me earlier in the week that all leave for May and early June was getting denied due to the fact that we are moving into the new hospital. I was so disappointed when I found out that news… and then at the end of work on Wednesday she told me I got very lucky and my leave had been approved! I GET TO GO TO CMA FEST THIS YEAR!! I ended the day getting Starbucks with Ellie to celebrate that both of our leave had been approved and we ended up sitting outside in the beautiful sunshine weather for way longer than either of anticipated. We talked and talked and talked about so much and again, I am just so damn thankful for her.
I am the happiest I have been in such a long time and it’s an incredible feeling. This year has been better than I could have even imagined and it’s only going to get better. I am so excited for all the things I have coming in the next few months, all the adventure that await me, and all the memories that will be made with people I love. I think the one thing I am most excited about coming up soon in my 4th tattoo. I can’t to finally have it and I can’t wait to write about it.
“The more grateful you are, the more you have to be grateful about. It’s that simple.”
Here is a picture from Thursday morning on the cruise. This sunrise in itself is getting its own blog post but for now I’ll just share this picture. I wanted to share something beautiful. This sunrise is the most beautiful sunrise I’ve seen in my 21 years and I can’t believe the sky can do something so incredible.