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In a Fit of Nostalgia Today…

By January 14, 2011Goals, Jessica, Neil, Travel

Beach bums

I’m having one of those weepy nostalgic days. Neil got a new job. Not in one of our dream cities yet, but nonetheless an upgrade and a better opportunity than his current job affords at a price that makes the economy and all its stresses a little easier to breathe in. I’m grateful.


In the midst of being so happy for him, I can’t help but think back to our first vacation. It was 2007, and we were dating long-distance at the time (3 hours apart), and the week-long trip to Florida to visit my sister was the most time we’d been able to spend together. It was like playing house in a dream-like state. Our little hotel room had a kitchen we made breakfast in, and waking up next to him for five whole days felt more amazing than I had ever dared myself to imagine. I cried for hours after he left. Nothing felt certain at that point.


So on this day when we continue to dream big things for our lives and plan major milestones and the expectations that go along with them, I can’t help but think back to when the biggest dream we had was simply living in the same city and sharing a space every day. It’s so easy to let expectations fly and forget how far and from where you came. I feel like I do it all the time. Have you?


  • Such an adorable post! Nathan and I were long distance for the first year-ish of our relationship – Texas to New York. I remember well the days of dreaming when we’d live together! Sometimes I still can’t believe we made it this far. 🙂

    Yay love! And congrats to Neil!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I found your link! Congrats on the new job and the move… very exiting! My husband and I moved up and down the east coast the first four years of our marriage looking for the perfect jobs and the city we felt the most home in. We finally settled in Southeastern PA and haven’t looked back. Good luck!

  • Jessica says:

    @Chrissy it’s always good to meet people who have done the long distance thing. I truly believe it added a really unique communicative quality to our relationship that we probably wouldn’t have had without hours upon hours of chatting online and talking on the phone through some pretty formative relationship issues. Simply put. We talk…a lot!…about everything!

    @Elizabeth Thanks for stopping by, I love your blog and it’s an honor to have you here. I feel we’re in kind of that stage now. We know where we are doesn’t fit, so nothing left to do but throw it to the wind and give somewhere else a try. If it doesn’t work…move again I guess? I’ve always wanted to explore the upper northeast. We were hoping to this summer, but maybe next year:(