June 4, 2012

Finding Joy

More than a week into this summer adventure, I'm still adjusting. Every day is a little different, and sometimes because of that frustration gets the best of me. I like to think that I'm quite good at spending time alone and being more on my own, but in reality, I'm terrible at it. Lately I've really been finding a lot of inspiration in Elise Blaha Cripe's blog posts about being apart from her husband while he was deployed, and although Scott and I's situation is quite different, I find comfort and joy in reading her stories (the good and the bad).

With that said, I am doing well and searching for joy in each and every day. I don't want this post to seem like some sad sop, but rather a real moment that I just needed to share (for maybe it can comfort someone else, just like Elise's posts have done for myself).

If you have any thoughts on spending time apart from a loved one, I would love to hear them.
-Chelsea xo


  1. I'm trying to prepare for being away from my boy for (on and off) 2 years while going to grad school on the other side of the country. I can't remember which blog I saw it on, but a girl wrote a letter to her fiancé every day of their engagement and gave the batch over on their wedding day. I've been scoping stationary to do something similar, I think it's such a sweet way to keep your loved one close to your heart and mind.

  2. I love Hannah's letter suggestion - I always find it easier to have something to do with yourself, it always makes getting through hard times easier!

  3. I too read Elise's blog and found comfort from her posts as well. My boyfriend moved to Louisiana last November and everyday is hard, but it gets better. I write him letters and cards, 2-3 a week, to be honest, it selfishly makes me feel better being able to do things for him. Our schedules are pretty crazy (I'm a grad student as well and he is in the movie business) but we make it work. There are good days and bad days, but it makes your relationship so much stronger and it makes the time spent together so great and meaningful (not that it wasn't that way before, it just has different meaning).