Reading List


The above photo was taken in the Vancouver Public Library. Last weekend we explored Vancouver for Valentines Day weekend. It was cold and rainy, but it felt like we were on an adventure. The last time we visited Canada was two years ago and Samuel accidentally let his phone run during the day and he ended up with a $1200 phone bill! The phone company forgave the bill and sent him off with a warning. Scarred and frightened, we spent the weekend phone less. It was surprisingly pleasant.

We went into the library and I instantly spotted my favorite section…the German section.

Needless to say, I now have a desire to acquire more German books so I can practice my rusty language skills. Samuel and I are planning our next Germany vacation in Summer ’15 and I plan on returning with a suitcase full of books!

What books are you currently reading? I would love about your favorite reads and recommendations!

Books I’ve Read Recently

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Relish by Lucy Knisley


Books I’m Currently Reading

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Tschüss my friends.


New Beginnings


3 phone interviews

2 on-site interviews

2 facility walk-throughs

Weeks and weeks of waiting

2 signed offer letters

Drug test

Background check

And after all of that, I’m happy to announce that I will be moving onto my next career endeavor! It’s a season of new beginnings and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the exciting new developments unfolding.

I will be working as a QA Technician for an Aerial Lift/Boom manufacturing facility located in Redmond, WA. Currently, I work in the natural supplement industry, but I am interested to be exploring another quality position in a different field.

With my new employment also comes a move for our family. We will be relocating to Kirkland and Sam’s commute will be shortened to eight minutes and mine will be the same (about 15 minutes). We’ve pretty much secured an apartment already, but are just finalizing the small details.

What a crazy experience this has all been! One month ago I would not have guessed this would be happening. I had just resided to the fact that I would be at the same place in life…FOREVER. Scary.

However, I am embracing this new beginning! All the changes might be overwhelming, yes, but I can already see the opportunity to grow. I’ve learned this lesson- get out of your comfort zone! Push your boundaries because only then will you meet your full potential. 

Dream big, my friends.


(Photo by: Joy Yagi)



This picture was taken in Munich, Germany on one of the last days of our honeymoon. I love this picture because of the look of complete satisfaction on my face. It’s the simple things in life, like eating nutritious, delicious food, spending time with family, and hugging my husband, that gives life all the more meaning.

I hope you find joy in the small things this week.