Well guys... the divorce was quick and painless. I'm finally free!
But seriously... My wife and I are celebrating our one year anniversary today! It's been one hell of an interesting year full of good and bad. Some of the more notable things...
Chelsea's mother ( that I've spoken about on jko before) died last year. With their strained relationship, I would've assumed this to be a relatively manageable event. I was very very wrong and suffice it to say that it was emotionally overwhelming for her. Never before has my heart broken so badly for her. But time definitely heals most wounds and despite all the crazy details that I'm leaving out... she has handled this all quite well. It's maybe one instance of adversity forging one's character because I believe her to be stronger than she ever was before.
Chelsea also has gotten a notable promotion at her job/ career last year. She's steadily moving up the ladder and is a seemingly vital and appreciated part of the company. Her enthusiasm, work ethic, and dedication is truly inspiring. She's established her 401k and has made nothing but wise decisions regarding her future. I've guided her a good deal along the way but this is all HER imo and I couldn't be more proud of this vibrant and successful woman!
We got a cat! I'm a life long dog guy and so I was adamantly opposed to this for the longest time. But I truly love Chelsea and want her to have the things that she genuinely desires so I caved in and we adopted a rescue last year. One of the BEST decisions I've ever made! I love this precious little thing. So many of the horror stories about cats just haven't played out with this one. She's the sweetest, cleanest, most well behaved animal that I've ever owned and Chelsea absolutely adores her. Admittedly... I do too.
As of Thursday last week, I did something that has been very difficult to bring myself to do... put in my 2 weeks notice at the job I've had over the last 10 years. My 10 year anniversary was in fact last week as well. It's a job that was overall miserable and often infuriating. It also robbed me of a great deal... physically, mentally, and emotionally but I had a considerable extended family there that I will absolutely miss. It's a bit surreal and bittersweet right now but I believe that I'll make the transition without much issue. I likely would've stuck it out longer but over the past year or so Chelsea has become increasingly vocal regarding her insistence that I leave. She's seen what it's done to me and although we don't know what the next chapter will present, we'll continue to walk the road together... for better/ for worse.
Obviously there have been many other things transpiring throughout this past year but I just wanted to touch on a few things as this post is already way too long. I feel that we continue to grow closer as our time together continues and I think that I can speak for her and say that we are both very happy and very appreciative of what we have brought into this relationship. Marriage hasn't "changed" anything nor has it changed me but at least in regards to my own feelings, I love this woman with all my heart and I will continue to provide security, respect, compassion, and devotion for as long as I'm alive. You never know what the future may hold but if the rest of the years are anything like the first... we'll be just fine.
Take care guys and my humble and sincere thanks go out to you all for the support and words of wisdom that y'all have offered when I needed it the most.
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