… and it took me on a trip down memory lane.
A little back story for all you readers out there –>
Mark and I had quite the start to our relationship. There is no saying this more eloquently: Mark Was My Boss/CEO/Owner of the Company. I had been employed at my first (subsequently only) big girl job for just about 3 months before I thought it was a perfectly acceptable and normal decision to start talking to Mark outside of work. It started out innocent enough (think dinners and nights out in downtown Cleveland) but fast forward 2 more months when I was sitting in my parents’ living room telling them that I had just quit my part-time job at The GAP and was going to quit my big girl job and temporarily move to Austin, TX with Mark and some of his friends to spend winter in a warmer climate.
Surprisingly, it didn’t go over as horrible as I thought it was going to go with my parents. They had their doubts [as any parent would] and frankly, so did I. But I was determined follow my heart on this one. I found comfort in Charice’s “Louder.” How I even heard this song for the first time is beyond me, but her lyrics “Let my hear speak louder than my head” really resonated with me at this point in my life. It was one of the craziest and best decisions I have ever made in my life. I hardly knew this person and yet here I was, quitting my job and moving across the country – away from my family and friends and the only support system I had ever known.
Of course Mark and I have had our ups and downs since that “move” to Austin almost 2.5 years ago, but each and every high and low have made us who we are. Austin didn’t really play out like it was supposed to (another story for another day) but we had jumped right into a relationship not really knowing what we wanted out of it at first, but we slowly figured it out along the way. See my Facebook post from 2012 below. See a theme emerging about following my heart here? I’ll get back to the present I bought myself here shortly, promise!
I recently went to Jewel Kade party and as I’m flipping through the catalog, a necklace jumps out at me. “Follow Your Heart.” It was one of those customizable necklaces where you can add a gem here or there and add whatever words you want to the pendants. Perfect. See the final product below! As soon as I saw it in the catalog I immediately thought of that FB post from Austin and I truly believe that if I hadn’t followed my heart back in 2012, Mark and I would not be where we are today!