14. walk [LIVE]: Describe the path to a favorite place of yours to walk in 2012. What’s meaningful about the place or the journey?
The Inca Trail was pretty epic! You can read about it at La Aventura Project. I think what made is so meaningful is the idea that we were walking in the footprints of history. The Incas developed that path so many centuries ago and hid it so well that it took the Spanish soooo long to find it! And getting to Machu Picchu at the end was pretty cool too.
Bartending 80s night at Loki!
5. fellowship [HOPE]: What community has engaged you most this year and what did it you get out of your participation?
In the first part of the year, it was the backpacker community in Latin America. The staff crew at Loki Hostel in Cuzco and all of our ridiculous shenanigans. Oh, what good times we had there! We recently reconnected with Ben, our best friend from the hostel, and it was so great to see him!!! While we certainly partied too much and were so sick of it by the end, we now look back at our experiences there super fondly. The hilarious moments in the staff dorm and all the characters we bonded with will forever be in my memory.
In the second part of the year, it was most definitely our beloved Couchsurfing community! Words cannot express how much I love meeting like-minded, adventurous, fun people everywhere we go! The San Diego Couchsurfing community has really embraced us and we are so lucky to have such good friends after being here only a short time!
Sitting on a park bench in Lima, Perú, drinking some beers while waiting for a night bus to leave, we decided to brainstorm and write out the goals we have for our wedding. We hope these will help us remember what’s important despite how easy it is to get swept away in the little details and nonsense. This way, if we’re struggling with a decision down the line we can come back to the goals and use them to help us make the right decision. That’s the idea, at least. Here they are, in no particular order.
1. Pay for our wedding ourselves and not go over $2500.
2. Agree on decisions together so that our wedding truly reflects our personalities.
3. Make our wedding more like a fun reunion than a showy formal event.
4. Be selective about our creative projects so that we don’t get obsessed with or overwhelmed by the details.
5. Make our wedding reflect our values: vegetarian, eco-friendly, etc.
6. Have a meaningful and sincere ceremony.
7. Handle any conflicts with courtesy and maturity while still standing up for ourselves on what really matters.
8. Have quality time with everyone at our wedding and involve our guests as much as possible.
What do you think? Can we accomplish all of these? Did anyone else sit down and write goals for their wedding before really beginning the planning?
Well, for me at least. If you haven’t guessed it yet by the title, I’ll just let it out now.
Zach and I are ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! Happy dance!!!!!!
Think I’m thrilled enough? I’m pretty freakin’ happy.
I kind of knew/hoped that the question was coming sometime during our South American adventure. Of course we talked about wanting to get married many times before he proposed, because really, if you don’t already know the answer, you have no business asking. That’s what we thought. But although we could have just diplomatically decided to be engaged after so many discussions, we both wanted a proposal. We wanted the fun and the surprise of it. And so for many months we (I, mostly, I think) suffered through the awkwardness and slight tension of the “pre-engaged state.” (This was totally me.) I had this like, insane itch to talk about a wedding, plan a wedding, I just was so freakin’ happy at the thought that I HAD FOUND my person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with!!! But without an official ring on the finger, society makes us women feel like we are desperate and obsessed if we start thinking at all about the wedding before we have the ring. I call a bit of BS on that. But I kept trying to pretend I wasn’t reading wedding blogs obsessively and I tried to keep my daydreams in my head. “We agreed that this is Zach’s thing that he gets to do and he gets to do it on his terms…so chill,” I kept telling myself. I think I did alright…I’d give myself about a C+ in the chilling department.
Well, finally, all my patience finally paid off. March 13, 2012, in the gorgeous Cañon del Colca, Peru….
Yes, we probably should have found a flatter rock to set the camera on for this reenactment shot.
Hey friends! Happy 2012! We celebrated in a grand fashion in Huacachina, Perú, by taking a dune buggy/sandboarding tour, camping at a place with a pool, and getting ripped off by outrageous holiday prices everywhere! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Seriously though, the journey is going great despite it’s many challenges. Reflecting on 2011, Zach and I both decided it was the best year of our lives. And it’s only going to get better!
I updated my Thirty by 30 today and was happy to cross four things off the list! That’s pretty good for one year, I’d say! So here’s a goofy picture of me out on the dunes on NYE. Yes, I have dreadlocks now; call me crazy if you must.