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Sometimes I need to blog about what’s on my heart and mind. Enter: Coffee Chats. Imagine sitting down with a friend, sipping on coffee, and catching up on life.
I lost my wedding band recently. I’m not sure how I managed to lose my wedding band without losing my engagement ring (since I typically wear the engagement ring on the outside) but somehow I did. I’m grateful that I didn’t lose my engagement ring since it’s obviously the more expensive of the two, but I’m still so heartbroken over having lost my wedding band! Andrew and I have been married for only 2 years and between the two of us, we’ve lost 4(!!!) rings. Andrew actually lost his wedding band, found it, and then lost it again, in addition to having lost a cheap Qalo ring. We’ve both lost our original wedding bands this year and I’m pretty sure we won’t find either one. I hope that’s not a bad omen for our marriage.
I’m really anxious about my upcoming birthday. July 2nd will be my 26th birthday and the first one I haven’t spent back in Kentucky with my family. My 2 previous birthdays haven’t been spectacular since I’ve been moving on or around my birthday. On my 24th birthday– just a few weeks after Andrew and I got married and I moved to Fort Knox– I ended up at urgent care with a UTI and ended up leaving my family’s fireworks party early to go back to our apartment. My 25th birthday was spent with my family in the morning and afternoon, but when we got back to Fort Knox that evening, we scrambled to prepare for our big move to Iowa a few days later. In fact, I distinctly remember packing boxes on my birthday so we could pick up our moving truck the next morning.
Making things more difficult for my birthday is the fact that it’s so close to Fourth of July. As a kid, birthday parties were sparsely attended since most people tended to hold family reunions or travel over the long weekend and the same holds true as an adult. This year, my birthday is on a Monday. The majority of my coworkers will be taking the day off for a long weekend (since our work will only give us Independence Day off) but being so new to the company, I have only the minimum amount of vacation time. I can’t afford to use a vacation day to sit at home alone when I have to use vacation time to see family. Since the week-long 4th of July festivities here are a big deal (aka potential Recruiting events), Andrew won’t be able to take the day off either. With no plans in the works, my birthday will probably be just another day.
Lastly, I’m anxious about my birthday because it will be the 12 year anniversary of my Papaw’s death. He passed away on my 14th birthday and each birthday is another reminder that he’s been gone one more year. This year I won’t get to take flowers to his grave with my husband by my side. I know he would still want me to enjoy my birthday, but it’s hard to celebrate on that day.
I’ve had writer’s blocks for weeks. I’m not sure why, but I haven’t felt like writing on my blog in weeks, no, months. In a recent Instagram story, I asked for blog post ideas and my sweet IG friends delivered…. except that didn’t solve my writer’s block! Now I have content ideas, but no energy or desire to write. Hence why I opted to write this “Coffee Chat” post that you’re reading. Hopefully, this “free write” is just what I need to get back into the swing of things.