Travel: Europe

Europe.

It’s happening. It’s finally happening.

Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve had an adoration to special dates and numbers. I have a vivid memory of sitting on my bed in my cotton candy pink coloured room, listening to 90’s pop, curating a list of things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 26. A few of those things included; Graduate university, Live in another country, Get married and to go back to my place of birth at age 26. I’ve done an acceptable job of completing these things but it’s time for my ultimate goal. Every year we travel somewhere new for our anniversary. Our honeymoon in Turks and Caicos, first year in Cabo, second year in the Dominican and in a few weeks Mark and I will be spending 3 weeks in France, Italy and… yes. Yes. Switzerland.

One of my favourite things about me is that I was born in Zurich, Switzerland. I’m fairly aware that where you were born has absolutely nothing to do with who you truly are, but to me, it does. I say, “I’m Swiss! Of course I love chocolate and cheese!” Don’t even get me started on how I react when I see a Swiss flag or see MADE IN SWITZERLAND. I’m not Swiss. My dear husband likes to remind me that I am indeed, not Swiss (he’s jealous). In Grade 3 I told a boy in my class I was born in Zurich and he didn’t believe me. It was $10 for him unless I brought in my birth certificate. A few days later once my dad photocopied the paper, I brought it to school and the next day he sorely gave me the amount completely in pennies contained in a glass jar. It was awesome.

I lived in Zurich with my parents for the first two years of my life, before we left for another country. It has been a huge dream of mine to stand in front of the hospital, to visit the house I first lived in and to roam the places my Mother would take me when I was just a baby. My dad has always teased me that I have indeed traveled all over Europe. “What, you don’t remember being at the top of the Eiffel Tower?” It’s time for me to re-live them all!

I already know I’m going to be an emotional mess – ugly cry. everywhere – but I’ve accepted that. (Let’s hope my husband does too). I’m watching travel videos, looking at photos and reading reviews of all there is to do and I’m already crying. Neither of us have been to Europe, so this trip is big deal for the both of us. Side story: Mark gets to see “his” soccer team play live, and I’m so excited for him. We aim to balance our must-see/eat/do with time to simply sit, walk and soak in the cultures of these cities. I already know that I am going to fall madly in love with Paris and Italy. And know it is going to be some kind of wonderful being 26 years old in Zurich.

We’ll be in Paris, France – Naples, Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Italy and Zurich, Switzerland.
I’d love to hear your recommendations!

love,

krissy

Just be brave.

Update from Krissy

Hello loyal followers!

I want to let you know that I’m thankful that you follow ATB and are very interested in what’s been going on with my blog.

It seems like I have been hacked and have been posting irrelevant and weird blog posts – please know that those were not written by yours truly. I haven’t had a chance to post in a while, but I promise one is coming soon.

Thank you for your ongoing support and love! I truly appreciate each and everyone of my loyal followers! Y’all are just the best.

love,

krissy

Today’s agenda: building my empire.

The Way I See It #2 Fall

Happy Friday and welcome to the second instalment of my series, “The Way I See It.”

Fall. Isn’t it everyone’s favourite season? The colours, the weather, the clothes, the hot drinks, pumpkins, Thanksgiving and the need to always be cozy. I adore Fall.

In this (seasonal) season, I draw closer to Jesus. I gather a complete and whole new appreciation for everything. For the people in my life, for what I have accomplished, for the failures I’ve endured, for the things I own, for my surroundings. Everything. There is something spectacular about breathing that fresh, crisp Fall air with a mix of the vivid beautiful colourful fall leaves and sunshine. It’s refreshing and I feel invigorated. It makes me feel new. This is why I adore Fall. This season changes me.

Are you looking at what’s around you? Your surroundings? The people in your life? Your accomplishments? Are we so focused on what’s to come that we forget to appreciate where we currently are?

When I moved out of my parents house it was Fall. I would go for daily walks around my new neighbourhood to get a better sense of my surroundings. I felt different. I felt grown up. I felt like I had made a huge decision on my own. I felt like it was the start of my life – not that I hadn’t been independant before this, somewhat with finances, purchasing a car on my own, travelling, multiple jobs, college… but leaving the nest is a big deal. I’m thankful to be the eldest of four children. The role/ title shaped who I am today. I’ve been told I have very motherly qualities (which I love!). I’ve also watched children all my life, which compliments why I am as my friends call me “motherly.” I’m thankful for my parents who taught me to host, to give graciously and most importantly how to serve. All of these aspects of my life I would recognize, yet again each Fall.

I’m constantly in a super emotional state. Ask my husband – a touching 2 minute viral video on Facebook, the ending of a movie, a children’s story book. I’m a big wuss. I’m extremely sympathetic and while I think it can be a bad thing (like, I cry at everything) I am happy that I feel such powerful and strong emotions. It’s knowing what and how to deal with them is the key thing – haha. See, when I am touched by the dog that is reunited with their owner in that viral video, I realize that that relationship is powerful, and then am even more grateful for what I have in my life.

I vividly remember the smells, the feeling of going for long walks during my class breaks when I was in college. I took this time to listen to worship music, time to thoroughly enjoy the walk, to rejoice in the Lord. I would think about where I had been, where I was potentially going, and oh yes, this guy, Mark. We had just met at the end of August in 2010 and it had seemed like we were in a whirlwind of emotion. Think teenage love. Crazy, silly, ridiculously embarrassing and raw. Regardless, we were entering into a meaningful relationship and it was extremely special. See #1 from September 2015 7 on 26 for some favourite Fall highlights. Fast forward to November 9, 2013 in front of beautiful Lost Lake, Whistler at the end of the Fall season Mark got down on one knee and asked “Will you marry me?” Just another reason why I adore Fall.

I believe and know that there is beauty in everything. Everything I have experienced in my life that has shaped who I am today. There was beauty in leaving the nest, Mark and I’s beginning friendship and in our long distance relationship. There was beauty in our engagement and even during the messiness of wedding planning. There was even beauty in the bullying I suffered when I was younger. It’s the beauty that has come out of those messes, is where I have become who I am today and now, I have found the beauty in everything.

So that my friends, is why I love Fall. Fall shows me what I have, where I’m going and who I am. I’m thankful that every year, Fall happens and I get a chance to fall back (couldn’t help it) in love with life… with everything deeper each year.

Love,

krissy

Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realize they were big things.

7 on 26

Well… hi there!

It’s been a while since my last blog post. I took quite the long break from ATB. Keyword: break. Sometimes it’s necessary to just rest. This season of life has been so wonderful. Here are my top seven from this month. Enjoy!

7 on 26 Oct 2016

one | Hair. This month I had, oh, 7 inches cut off. It’s a pretty big deal as the last time it’s been this short was when I was in grade 6. And well, because it’s really short. It’s a big change but everyday I fall a little more in love with my hair. It’s easy, it’s fresh, it’s healthy (praise the Lord) and I think, but also have been told, that it’s super cute. I had my hair cut done by the wonderful and amazing Jes Corrinne at Brush Salon. (Check out their IG page, it’s amazing). If you’re looking for a fresh ‘do, check Jes out. I can’t wait to see her again.
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