The Journey Starts Here

Hello my friends! It was so fun reading all of your endings to the phrase, “Keep calm and _______” from yesterday’s post. I love all the different takes on it.

This morning, I woke up a little early and went for my first jaunt around the neighborhood. There are a TON of hills in my new subdivision so I kept it to a brisk walk, but I definitely still got my heart rate up…I was sweatin’! After about 20 minutes (it started raining), I came in and finished up with some light upper body, jumping jacks, and crunches. It felt great to finally get in some exercise that wasn’t lifting and moving heavy boxes/furniture!

For breakfast I was craving another bagelwich, but this time I put a little spin on it…

Instead of cheese, I made my sammie with one of my favorite combos…sunflower butter and nutritional yeast. Oh my sweet and savory, it was sooooo good!

Served alongside my first (bargain) Stonyfield yogurt. WOW! Even though I’m not usually a fan of any yogurt that’s not Greek, this was amazing! Totally hitting up Kroger the next chance I get to buy them out of their stock get a few more of these!

After breakfast, I finished getting ready, made my lunch and then Andy and I were off to work! On the way there, I realized something…

This place is finally starting to feel like home!

I think it has to do with getting up and starting a routine. There was just something about the waking up, working out, making/eating breakfast, getting ready, making lunch that really made it sink in…this is MY home!

I know I usually keep everything here on the blog pretty lighthearted, but I just have to get serious for a minute about this sudden mix of emotions. I made mention in the beginning about how the house I lived in before belonged to my ex. This house is more than just a “new place” for me though…it is me moving on and starting completely fresh and new! This is a whole ‘nother chapter…heck, another BOOK in my life and I am both nervous and excited when thinking about the future, but at the same time feeling little pains in my chest when remembering how I got to this point.

It’s been almost eight months since my divorce. I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty independent person, but in these past eight months (and for some time before), I have really grown and come to understand a new sense of independence. No way in the world would I be where I am today without the constant love and support from the Lord and my friends and family.

I am so excited to share this new journey I’m about to begin with all of you! I have made so many new connections and friendships since starting this blog only a little over 4 months ago. You guys have no idea the amount of support and motivation I’ve felt over this time. I love you all!

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30 Responses to The Journey Starts Here

  1. I am so happy for you, Heather! You have so much to look forward to in your new ‘book of life.’ I can’t wait to hear what’s in store for you- I know it will be nothing but good!!

  2. IM so excited for you and your new journey!! honeslty i love life and all the dif curve balls it throws– and you are in such a cool new life right now with what to come?!!? so exciting!!! \

    woah love that crazy sweet savory combo!

  3. Kelsey @ Unmitigated Grub says:

    yay for beginning the next chapter of your life!! you’re awesome and such an inspiration. 🙂

  4. Heather,
    I’m so glad that you’re starting to feel at home! More importantly, it’s so great that you got out of your old house and you can now leave all those memories behind. I wish you nothing but the best of luck! 🙂

  5. Ma Ma Megan says:

    That sunflower seed butter/ nooch combo is sooo good. I put it on (almost) everything now! 🙂

  6. Donna says:

    Congrats on your new home! As someone who started over and found myself after divorce, its nice to meet others who have gone through the same thing, i felt like the only person in the world under 30 and divorced, lol! I’m infinitely happier now and independence is a huge part of that
    Glad its starting to feel like home 🙂

    • Thank you Donna, and you are definitely not alone. I mean I’m only 26 and I’ve already been married AND divorced…I used to feel like such a freak! Then I realized that there are just some aspects (namely people) in our lives that we just can’t control and sometimes you just have to “roll with the punches” even it they’re doozies!

  7. I love this post! There’s such much meaning in it. I think it’s great that you are moving into a new segment in your life and you are looking forward to it!

    Have a great day today Heather!

  8. BrittFit says:

    you go girl! way to stay positive. you can overcome any obstacles with that attitude 🙂

  9. Anastasia says:

    Starting a routine always helps get ya back into things. I love Stonyfield yogurt.. it’s so good! I’ve always bought the plain, but will have to try the flavored ones sometime.

    I’m excited for you and your new journey and wish you nothing but the best!

  10. Kayla says:

    Yum, I love that blueberry yogurt!

    Is your sunbutter sweetened? Mine is, but I know some brands aren’t.

    • I actually had to check. It’s the Trader Joe’s brand. It has evaporated cane juice in it, but it only comes in at 3g sugar per 2 tablespoons which is still better than other sweetened nut butters.

  11. elise says:

    theres nothing quite like the feeling of potential…new beginnings…growth…change…its all about looking to the future. im so happy for you 🙂

    its like a lady gaga rebirth. only instead of an egg, you are starting fresh in a real home.

  12. I’m so happy your starting this “new” journey in your life!!

    Sweet and savory eggs? I just can’t imagine nooch with sunflower butter! But I’m willing to try whatevaa!

  13. Brilliant post! So glad it’s looking good and you’re in such a good place 🙂

  14. You’ve only had this blog for 4 months?! It’s in your blood then because I “feel” like you are a seasoned veteran. (that is a compliment). You have a wonderful writing style that draws us in- a warm heart and yummy food. 🙂

    I feel like you do- with the growth coming and, for me, the seeking independence. I am making some new transitions in my life, now and coming up, working on being a better me. Working on becoming me again. Learning what I need to live the happiest life I can. So your journey is one I can take some advice from! 🙂

    • Wow Lori, you seriously just touched my heart with this! Thank you so much! If there is anything that can come out of the pain that I have been through, I hope that it is to help show both myself and others what one person can overcome…and come out on the other side stronger both mentally and emotionally. It is so good to hear that you are starting a journey of your own! I wish you the best of luck and if you ever need anyone to talk to/bounce things off of, know that I am only an email away! Hugs!

  15. I’m so. freaking. behind.

    don’t hate me.. i’m boycotting twitter now b/c it changed and it sucks so flipping much! i hate it! so so so much!

    can I have a bite of your bagelwich? thanks

  16. Jenny says:

    So great that the place feels like home now! That’s such a great feeling and it must be even better for you!

  17. So happy you’re feeling like home in your new place, lovey! You deserve all the awesomeness in the world!! xoxo

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  19. I’m glad it’s more “homey” to you now, and feeling happy for this new chapter (or, book!) I can’t wait to see what good things come your way!
    I have lottts of hills around here, too. The way that is more fun to run (well, it’s less creepy) is pretty much all hill, but the less fun way (read: creeps me out) is pretty much flat. After doing just hilly walk/runs for the past 2 wks, yesterday I went the flat way and it was so. much. easier. You’ll appreciate the hills, soon! I never realized how much even a slight uphill made me so much slower! haha

  20. I’m excited for you to start this new chapter and journey in life, and always remember, you are much stronger then anything life throws at you!!!

  21. Mrs. Fish says:

    So glad your new place is feeling more like home, and what a beautiful place you have to make all kinds of wonderful new memories in.
    Yay to new beginnings!

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