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Happy Saturday, friends!

I hope you are all doing well!

I thought today we could have a latte talk and just chat about some things. Life has been crazier than ever, and I hate feeling out of touch with my readers!

If we were having coffee together, I’d share with you that….

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  • I’m graduating next Friday with my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling! It still doesn’t even feel real. I am starting to feel more sad about this than excited. I have an incredible support system made up of my professors and my cohort, and the reality is starting to sink in that I am about to lose a support system that is readily at my finger tips. Of course, these people will always be just an email, visit, or phone call away, but it’s just not the same.
  • Trevor and I are having *fun* with figuring out the logistics of a new marriage; i.e. merging of bank accounts, dividing house roles & duties, etc. Trevor and I lived together before hand so I didn’t think it would be this complicated, but it turns out that things can be! I’d love any advice that you guys can share about what works in your family.
  • We cannot decide if we want to buy a house or build. As of right now, we are keeping our options open. I would rather build, but I know building comes with a lot more work. So far we’ve checked out several lots of land, but nothing seems to be what we are looking for. I am thinking that we may have to lower our expectations, since we both want something that seems to be nearly impossible to find. We are mostly picky about location; we are searching for something that is the perfect distance between my job and Trevor’s job, and a lot with space between the next lot. We both grew up in the country and aspire to not have close neighbors. Not that I don’t appreciate community, but I like having my privacy.

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  • Trevor and I have been going back and forth if we’d like to get Shadow a sister this summer. I think he would love to have a friend to play with! Shadow’s mom and dad are actually having another litter of puppies, so if we were to get another pup, it would be his actual sister. It’s a huge decision that I go back and forth on. Yes, I’d love another pup, but I think about how time-consuming it was to get Shadow accustomed to his new home and potty trained. Plus, having a dog in general is so much work. I’d be fine with it right now, but I think about down the road when we have children. I’m not sure if I could handle taking care of two kids and having two dogs!
  • On a random tangent, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me this year. Maybe it’s because I’ve been stressed out and focusing on so many things instead of the holidays- my new job, graduating, and getting ready for our honeymoon. As I shared in my last post, it certainly has been a season of change, and I still feel that I am adjusting. We legit have had our tree up for a week now, and I have not decorated it, because I’m just not feeling it. Maybe it’s because we haven’t had any snow! Does it feel like Christmas to you? Maybe it’s just me!!
  • Speaking of honeymoon, I need it more than ever. The stress has been weighing so heavy on me lately! What do you like to do to de-stress?

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Can I just say that being an adult is ROUGH. Can I go back to being a kid?!! 😉

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That’s all the chat I have in me today. I have to get ready for Trevor’s work fundraising event! What are you up to this Saturday?

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What would you share with me if we were having a latte together? Leave me a comment below! I would love to hear what is going on in your life. <3

Xoxo,

  • Zana Djakovic

    I loved reading this post. I must say that you look so stunning dear! Perfect cozy outfit. :)
    I hope you’ll find the balance in every area that you need it. You are such an inspirational woman Chels. Enjoy in every moment of your life with your now husband. :) Do you guys have some plans for honeymoon? :)

    • Hi sweetie!! We are going to Punta Cana on December 26th!! I can’t wait!!

  • Congratulations on your graduation! Hope you manage to have a relaxing festive season, it sounds like you really deserve it – you have so much going on! x

    • Thank you, Megan! We are looking forward to our honeymoon for things to slow down!

  • I totally agree, being an adult can be so tough! I’m excited to see what decisions you make in the future with building or buying a house and whether you get a new pup. I love this outfit! Baggy jumpers are my favourite, I could live in them – in fact I sort of do x
    Alice http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    • Thanks for reading, Alice! Hopefully I’ll have some answers by the next time you stop by! xo

  • Kyla Matton Osborne

    Wow, congratulations on your degree! The outfit looks great too. I think the scarf really makes the look :)

  • Beth

    Your post is great! I love your cozy sweater and scarf. Getting a new pet in addition to another pet is quite a big step so it’s good that you’re thinking it over.

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

    • Thanks for reading, lady!

  • Brb…headding to TJ Maxx to see if they still have that sweater haha. Gorgeous, Chelsea! I feel ya on the house thing and privacy. I like neighbors, but not super close haha. Michael is talking about building when we put our house up for sale in a few years. I love the thought of that, because we could do what we really want… but the work. I don’t know if I could deal with that, especially since we’ll probably have a baby or two by then lol! Excited to see more about your house/land hunt!

    • That’s what I keep thinking, about how much work it would be!! Especially if we have kids then. Talk about stressful! Thanks for being a part of my journey! xo

  • Ashley Stephenson

    Ahhh I love your outfit! Scarfs are my favorite accessory so I am so glad it is finally cold enough in NC to wear them!

    • I probably have one too many!! xoxo

  • Have so much fun on your honeymoon! It was the most relaxing week of my life haha. Congrats on graduating too! So many exciting things for you this year.

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    That blanket scarf is adorable!! Have a blast on the honeymoon. The first year of marriage is also but also challenging as you merge two lives! And we are also deciding on building or buying our next go around- we’ve been in our house for about 4 and a half years, and are deciding on buying another and renting or buying land. The decisions never end ha!

    • The struggle is always real! I guess we will see where life takes us 😉 Thanks for reading!

  • Amanda Schreiber

    Love your outfit! I’ve been thinking a lot of how to split up household chores and errands and budgets once my fiance and I are married. We don’t live together currently, but when we spend time together I do a lot of the chores and errands and he pays for most things we do together. I’d love for it to be more 50/50 after our wedding!

    • That’s how things were for us too, before we got married. I did a lot of the chores on the inside of the house, he did the outdoor chores (mowing the lawn, cleaning gutters, etc.) He also paid for most things! It’s tough. A friend of mine actually gave me advice to consult with another young couple that is married and see how they do things. We might do that! Another one of my questions that I have is joint or separate checking accounts??

  • Congrats on finishing your masters! Love the outfit :)

  • Lyndsey Piccolino

    Congrats on your accomplishment!! and I want this whole outfit!

  • First OBVI love this look SO much! that scarf is everything! second, all your thoughts remind me so much to the first few months after E and I got married! We merged our savings account since mine was in a high yield one, and kept our checking accounts separate if that helps at all! Congrats on almost making it to graduation! SO close!!

    • That does help so much. We for sure want to join our savings accounts but we are unsure of what to do for our checking. I’m curious if your bills come out of your savings or checking accounts, and how you allocate those funds?

      • Well I moved in with my husband before I was officially on a lease, so we always had all the bills in his name, and I just gave him a check every month. So the bills are still in his name and he pays from the original accounts. He’s part owner of my business so if we need to pull from my company to “pay” him a draw as an owner to cover anything we just do that.

  • First and foremost, I’d say buy a starter home if you have a dream to build one day. Starting in a pre-built house helps you realize all of the things that don’t work, which are honestly just as important as your dream must-haves. It’s a learning experience. Secondly, my husband and I have 6 different bank accounts! Each one has a specific purpose and we know that the money from the Christmas account can’t be touched for anything but Christmas. It works sooo well. And finally, congratulations on being so close to graduation! That’s definitely an accomplishment to be proud of!

    • Oh wow, that’s awesome! I’ve never heard of anyone having more than a couple of bank accounts, but I like the theory behind your plan. As long as it works for your family, that is all that matters! So far, I like the idea of having a joint savings, and separate checking accounts, but it’s difficult to try and figure out how to allocate spending money and how to allocate money for bills. Ugh, adulting is rough. Thanks so much for your support, it means the world to me!

  • Taylor Smith

    I love how gorgeous you look in this outfit! We have Christmas bank account like Carley mentioned below. I think we have 4 accounts for different purposes – but we have access to all of them. My husband and I share each account, except for my business account which is kept separate simply because it is for business needs only. We decided before we got married that we wanted to be a united team: bank accounts included. All our expenses come out of our joint checking account, and we are able to see how much money we have together as a team. :)

    • Sounds awesome, Taylor! Thank you for sharing that with me! I think ultimately, you just have to find what works with you as a family!