Lifestyle Reflection

Time and Priorities

It’s been a few months since I made time to write anything here, and I think it’s safe to say that I’m no longer really a blogger. And that’s okay. My life has been filled with change over the last couple of years, and it hasn’t slowed down…at all

Since I last updated this blog I’ve gotten comfortable in my new position in admissions, and we also moved into a place that is significantly bigger than the place I called home for almost six years. My last apartment was such a great place to live, but now that I’m married, it’s so nice to live in our favorite part of town. We even have excess closet space, which definitely didn’t exist downtown.

My favorite part of our new place is my little office. For the last several years I had to use my small dining table to eat, write, craft, and pretty much everything else. Now I have a dedicated space for my creativity, which is a great feeling. Michael has his own dedicated office as well, which is great for him too.

Work is going exceptionally well too. Today I received a thank you card from a student who wanted me to know how much they appreciate what I do. What can I say? I’m pretty sure that helping people go to college is my love language. 😉 It was such a great feeling to get my first diploma, and as I work on the next one, it’s fun to help others see that their hard work will be worth it. Caring for people and helping them take the next step toward their future is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m so thankful that it’s my job now.

I haven’t focused on losing weight at all over the last year. I’m lighter than I was this time last year, but I’ve made efforts in the last week or so to see the scale move. I’m not trying to get skinny, but I do feel ready to make some positive strides toward my surgery goal. I’m less than 50 pounds away from the goal I set, and over the last week, I’ve gotten a little closer. I won’t be winning any awards for weight-loss post surgery, but I’m at a much healthier place than I was before I did it. I’m pretty close to the smallest I’ve ever been as an adult too, so I’m aiming to break through that number and see where I can go from there.

This is a good season. Michael and I love our jobs, serving in our church, and leading a small group bible study. We’re growing individually and together, and in some ways, I can’t believe that we’ve been married for almost a year. On the other hand, it feels like I’ve known him my whole life. I’m so thankful that I made the decision to spend my life with this man.

So much has changed, and I’m grateful for all of it. I’m looking forward to seeing how things go in this next chapter. We’re looking forward to traveling to see family this summer and taking an international vacation at the end of the year, and there’s a lot to look forward to in between.

If you’re reading this, what’s new in your life?


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  • Reply
    April 10, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Hi Kenlie~

    I am reading this…and it’s really good to see you blogging again. So much has changed in the blogging world, so I love to see that you haven’t given us up completely… ;0)

    I sounds like you have made some wonderful positive changes, no wonder you have been gone! It’s nice to find your passion and I think you have found yours with your job, your faith and your sweetheart.

    You look wonderful, and I know how hard it is, it’s not about being skinny, it’s about being the best you you can be.

    So good to see your blog pop up, and so glad that life is blessing you!

    Hugs and Love,

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    April 10, 2018 at 8:36 am

    What a nice surprise this morning! Isn’t great to live in a bigger place? My scale isn’t any smaller either but that’s ok…as long as it doesnt get bigger!

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    April 13, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    i just love, love, love that you’re so happy and healthy and loving your life so much. you and michael always look so happy in your pictures together and that just warms my heart. what’s new with me, a reader, you ask? well, i, too, used to be a closer to full-time blogger and now haven’t blogged in months. i miss it, but right now i just don’t have the things to say that i had to say before. my life has completely changed. my blog was about running and losing weight. i haven’t run in like 5 or more months. i’ve actually GAINED weight in the last year. but, i’m happy. i’m happier than i’ve ever been in my life. i have, like you, a great and wonderful man and we share so much together and my life is fuller than it’s ever been before. we move in together in november and i cannot wait! once that happens, i won’t have to chose between working out/eating healthy and spending time with the love of my life. my future looks amazing right now and i’m so excited for it!

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    Kelly @ No Thanks to Cake
    June 12, 2018 at 12:48 am

    We have the exact same painting! The one over your fireplace. :). So glad to hear all is well, girl!

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