aloha adventures of liz + ara
Beautiful, crisp day in the Pacific Northwest. Can’t wait to kayak in the Sound.  (at Point Defiance Park)

Beautiful, crisp day in the Pacific Northwest. Can’t wait to kayak in the Sound. (at Point Defiance Park)

That time I did it all & reached adulthood

I feel like in a few months or probably a few years from now I’m going to refer to these past months as the time I did it all and reached adulthood.

Yeah, you turn 18 and are considered an adult but since I looked about 15 when I turned 18 that didn’t help my cause. Now that I am nearing my 27th year on earth I’m finally feeling adult-like. 

The past few months have been tough. I was reflecting today as I was attempting to run a couple miles on the treadmill. Since January, Ara and I have spent that time apart. I chose to stay in Hawaii while he left for a training that would keep him busy in Oklahoma. I had no idea that our plans of moving to our new location would get altered. But I should have known better! So I moved myself, the two cats and seven large pieces of luggage from Oahu to Seattle-Tacoma with me last Tuesday. 

This whole time I’ve been a mixed bag of emotions. Some days I feel empowered by this aspect of starting a new adventure. Some days I feel overwhelmed that I’m the one on the new front galavanting all over town getting our affairs in order. Some hours I get angry that this training is turning out to be almost 6 months rather than 4 months. Some hours I get lonely because, quite frankly, who wouldn’t be when you haven’t seen your husband for longer than a few days in almost 6 months? Moments where I get to wake up alone, without Ara, yet snuggled on both sides of me are two loving, sweet kitties to keep me company. 

I bought a car on Monday and then placed an application for a rental home on Tuesday. It seems like everything is coming together in a strange and calm manner. But at the same time it seems so incredibly fake doing all these things since Ara and I aren’t doing them together. I feel like I’m putting together a life—setting it up without the person that matters the most.

And I’ve realized that’s what being an adult is all about. You have to make decisions and go on with your life regardless of what may be happening. You have to keep breathing and enjoying life, even if you can’t be next to the love of your life. You have to be able to take the time to cry if you need to and be okay with it. You have to make yourself have some type of routine even if you have moved across the ocean and you have no idea which end is up. You have to force yourself to go outside the boundaries. 

We’re official grown up status! Our first “fancy” car! Pretty excited to drive this Subaru all around the Pacific Northwest and beyond! #bteamtakestacoma

We’re official grown up status! Our first “fancy” car! Pretty excited to drive this Subaru all around the Pacific Northwest and beyond! #bteamtakestacoma

Happy 5th birthday to our sweet Riley girl! She’s taken this move so well and was excited to eat her “cake” for dinner!

Happy 5th birthday to our sweet Riley girl! She’s taken this move so well and was excited to eat her “cake” for dinner!

Landed in Seattle earlier today! Seems like a whirlwind day but I feel so blessed to have been touched by all the helping hands along the way. Felt so much grace today where I had imagined feeling defeated. Sitting in bed tonight feeling thankful that Riley, Newman and I made it safely. Only one thing could make this adventure better and complete. Sending strength to Ara as be finishes up his last few weeks of training in Altus. #bteamtakestacoma

Landed in Seattle earlier today! Seems like a whirlwind day but I feel so blessed to have been touched by all the helping hands along the way. Felt so much grace today where I had imagined feeling defeated. Sitting in bed tonight feeling thankful that Riley, Newman and I made it safely. Only one thing could make this adventure better and complete. Sending strength to Ara as be finishes up his last few weeks of training in Altus. #bteamtakestacoma

Our adventure continues! Grateful that Drew “spent” his time in hanging out with us in taking us to the airport. Ara’s off to Altus and I’m off to Des Moines!

Our adventure continues! Grateful that Drew “spent” his time in hanging out with us in taking us to the airport. Ara’s off to Altus and I’m off to Des Moines!

Rivalry for the coveted shopping bag.

Rivalry for the coveted shopping bag.

Sunset at Hickam Harbor tonight. #luckywelivehawaii

Sunset at Hickam Harbor tonight. #luckywelivehawaii

Newman. Oh the life this sweet boy leads. So hard to believe his journey with us started when we found him meowing in the engine area of my car. Reflecting tonight that life would not be as enriched without him finding his way to our home and hearts.

Newman. Oh the life this sweet boy leads. So hard to believe his journey with us started when we found him meowing in the engine area of my car. Reflecting tonight that life would not be as enriched without him finding his way to our home and hearts.

Cheers! Feeling blessed to have found such wonderful friends here in Hawaii. Sad to be leaving them so soon.

Cheers! Feeling blessed to have found such wonderful friends here in Hawaii. Sad to be leaving them so soon.