Big News!

Well, we did it. We bought our plane tickets to Europe! After having this crazy idea in our heads for over a year, we are actually making it happen. We’ll be flying from Atlanta to New York City for a few days (Jeremy’s never been), then flying to Iceland where we’ll spend five days, then to London. I’ve been doing lots of research on places to stay and things to do in Iceland, and I am so excited. It looks absolutely incredible. We’ll be arriving shortly after the spring equinox, which is apparently a really good time to see the Northern Lights, so fingers crossed. I just want to sit in some geothermal spas, explore glaciers and volcanos, spend a day or two in Reykjavik, then try to stuff an Icelandic pony in my suitcase when we leave. Iceland is known for being pretty expensive, so the tough part is now being extra careful about making our money last as long as possible this year. We are entertaining the idea of using Couchsurfing, but we’ve never done anything like it, so we’re a little nervous. But this year is all about getting out of our comfort zones and being adventurous (but smart at the same time). This is how we celebrated buying our tickets yesterday:

I love miniature things. This tiny bottle of Prosecco was too much.

I love miniature things. This tiny bottle of Prosecco was too much.

Mother Nature treated us to an incredible sunset.

Mother Nature treated us to an incredible sunset.

I know that a lot of people think we’re being irresponsible or crazy, and I totally get it, but after suffering through some jobs in the past that made us miserable, and just realizing that that’s not how we have to live life, and there’s a whole world out there open to exploring, it’s hard to even stay in one place for very long, in my opinion. Now, if Jeremy and I had careers we loved and a house, or kids, etc. (which I hope is not in the too distant future), we probably would have never even entertained the idea of dropping everything and moving to Europe for an undetermined amount of time. But at this point in our lives, it just feels like the perfect time. And then I see articles like this, where it lists things people regret when they’re dying (even though it’s probably made up), I just keep thinking that when I’m old, I’m going to regret not taking this opportunity if we don’t do it. We only have one life, and what’s it all for if not to enjoy it and live for ourselves? Life’s too short to live it according to how you think other people want you to live it.

Weekly Review

In other news, my ten-mile run went great on Friday, and my week of runs looked like this:

Sunday – 4 miles

Monday – 5 miles

Tuesday – 5 miles

Wednesday – 5 miles

Thursday – rest

Friday – 10 miles

Saturday – rest

Sunday – 5 miles

I really just focused on getting back into the swing of things this week, and didn’t do any strength training. This morning I woke up with the intention of going to bootcamp, but I felt really tired and just felt like I needed to take it easy. I have also been eating less than healthy the last few days, which always makes me lag.

Our week at work was pretty light, and combined with the weather we’ve been having, Jeremy and I kind of felt like it was summer vacation. Our week looked like this:

Juice Ranch on the beach.

Juice Ranch on the beach.

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Drinks at Figueroa Mountain Brewery.

Margaritas at the beach.

Margaritas at the beach.

Tacos at Mony's.

Tacos at Mony’s.

 

Delicious fish tacos.

Delicious fish tacos.

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All in all, it was a very enjoyable week. Now it’s time to reset, get back to eating healthy, and focus on tackling our mile-long to-do list. Happy Monday!

17 comments

  1. That’s amazing Lily! I really admire your guts and just thowing yourself head-first into the adventure. I think the name of this blog is just about to take on a whole new meaning. Iceland is wonderful, there are many nice things to do in and around the capital, including a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon spa! Should you find yourself visiting Scotland on your European adventures, please get in touch – I’d be delighted to meet you and join you on some fantastic runs (and otherwise!).

    1. I would absolutely love that! We will definitely be venturing to Scotland; we’ve never been! I recently heard about the John Muir Way opening in the spring, and I really want to hike a good portion of it. Where in Scotland are you located? The Blue Lagoon is definitely on the list, I’ve been drooling over pictures of it for a few days now! I can’t wait to get these adventures started!

      1. I’m near St. Andrews, so quite central. Scotland isn’t that big, so when you are here we should definitely meet up. There are a variety of fantastic long distance ways for hiking or running if you want to follow an official trail. If you are happy to find your own way, the sky is the limit here for the most part! Please do get in touch, it would be fantastic to get together!

  2. OK, a) I’m jealous because you’re drinking Prosecco, b) I’m jealous because you’re drinking Prosecco on the beach, and c) I’m jealous because you’re drinking Prosecco in the beach where it’s sunny and warm. Not to mention the fact that you’re going to Europe for an undetermined amount of time. So jealous! But of course, so happy for you, too. I wish I had your courage. If you get the chance to, you HAVE to tryi riding an Icelandic horse, they are the most fun to ride! Trust me, I’ve ridden MANY different horses, too. 🙂

    1. I’m definitely going to miss our sunset beach picnics! But I am determined to find equally as awesome places to have sunset picnics during our travels. Oh man, I want to ride one so bad. I’m hoping we can find somewhere to take a horse riding tour for a reasonable amount of money!

    1. I can’t wait! One of my best friends lives in London and I’ve visited her a couple times, I can’t wait to spend some more time there. Thanks for commenting, I will now be scouring your blog for things to do in Iceland!

  3. LILY!!! I can’t believe you guys finally did it! Now we have to plan when to visit! PS – of all your friends, we’re closest to the airport in ATL (just saying)!!! I can’t wait to see what you have planned! Iceland is on our short list too! PS – go see “Walter Mitty” to get more excited about Iceland! I love you! xo

  4. I completely ADORE what you guys are doing. It takes a lot of guts and faith to pull off something like this and i’m so stoked for the two of you. I keep hinting to my fiancé that this is the time to be wild and take vacations & see the world!

    1. It truly is the time! There are always going to be a million reasons not to do it, but sometimes you have to just say screw it, and buy a one-way ticket somewhere!

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