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When I first entered the blogging world four and a half years ago, I really didn't see myself connecting with a lot of women. I place a lot of the blame on myself being a total homebody and introvert (yes, I am super shy when I don't know people!). I found myself not going to events because I was afraid I wouldn't know anyone so I just stayed home and missed out on great opportunities. As an adult, I also found it very hard to create genuine friendships with other women because I have pretty high standards for those I choose to spend my time with. When I don't feel comfortable with someone, I often feel a great deal of pressure to make that person like me (I am a total people pleaser by nature) even if I don't see us becoming friends. I know, it's really weird, but that's just who I am and I've come to accept it. I choose my friends very carefully and I can honestly say that blogging has been the best way for me to make some of the best friendships that I have ever had.
Holy Matcha is a gift from the Instagram Gods. No seriously, it is. The entire shop is TO DIE FOR and it has been on my MUST VISIT list for a very very long time. So, when Jonny and I decided to take our anniversary trip to sunny San Diego, I was thrilled to 1.) celebrate with my love and 2.) GO TO HOLY MATCHA and maybe not necessarily in that order (#matchaobsessed). As you all know, I have an HEALTHY obsession with matcha. I do not drink coffee because I am sensitive to the caffeine levels in everyone's favorite morning drug and I actually quit drinking coffee about five years ago when I learned about this sensitivity and haven't really looked back. When I drink coffee, I don't melt into a puddle a la Wicked Witch from the West style but I do feel gross. I found that if I had a cup of coffee in the AM and ANYTHING caffeinated in the PM (this could even be dark chocolate) I would crash so hard. Anyway, long story short, I don't drink caffeinated coffee but will have decaffeinated coffee every now and then because I love the taste.
Last weekend, Jonny and I decided to head to San Diego to take advantage of the Labor Day holiday weekend and celebrate our one year wedding anniversary a little early! On a fun side note, Jonny actually went to UCSD so it was really fun for him to be back on his old stomping grounds years later. One quick plane ride and a rented car later, Jonny and I started our anniversary vacation. We had so much fun exploring all of the fun little spots that SD is famous for (more on this coming later!) and we were very excited to spend out last day/night with Hotel Z, a Stay Pineapple hotel, which is located downtown in the historic Gaslamp District. When we drove up to the front of Hotel Z, we were immediately blown away by how FUN our hotel looked. Standing out in bright marigolds and turquoise, Hotel Z literally jumps out at you and draws you in with it's unique exterior. Jonny and I drove our rental car right up to the valet, which was an amazing service to use. Instead of having to look around frantically for parking downtown, you hand your keys to the valet and they take care of it for you. When you want you car back for another outing, all you have to do is text them and they will bring your car to the front of the hotel within 10 minutes. Having this service was life changing because we didn't have to worry about parking our car! Someone else did it for us. Oh yeah, WE FANCY.
It's been a year in the making but I am finally sharing our wedding photos with all of you, my lovely readers. Sharing these photos with you on our one year anniversary feels very special. We have spent the last year embracing our newlywed life and just enjoying this amazing time in our lives together. If you didn't already know, Jonny and I have been together for almost ten years so our wedding felt like this amazing culmination of so much love and time spent together as we have grown together side by side over the years. Leading up to our wedding, everyone told us how stressed out we would be throughout the wedding planning process and how we would basically want to kill each other by the time the wedding rolled around. We worked really really hard to prepare everything for the wedding and my favorite part was that we did everything together. Instead of given me full wedding planning responsibility, Jonny wanted a say in every detail. With some stuff, this annoyed me (clearly I can pick better linens, SHEESH) but looking back on it, his involvement really showed how invested he was. Throughout our relationship, Jonny and I have been very used to hearing negative “pieces of advice” over the years (“wedding planning will kill the romance,” “you guys aren’t married yet?” “how LONG have you been together?” “just wait until the magic is gone,” etc.) and we have always laughed them off.