How I Learned to Thrive in a Long Distance Marriage

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My Valentine's Day Recap in Ashland Oregon 

I'm a lucky girl to married to the sweetest most self sacrificing man I know! He is the ultimate husband to beat and I feel so blessed to married to my college sweetheart Christopher Brian Fordinal. (Shhh...don't tell him I told you his middle name!) We are currently long distance; Chris is in Oregon working as Elvis in a musical called Million Dollar Quartet. We joke about it being the show that keeps on giving! And I'm currently in Los Angeles pursuing acting goals so we are sadly living separate lives but truly confident in where God has both of us. Two weeks ago I took my first trip to Ashland Oregon to visit my guy and we had the most amazing 3 days together. My plane flew out of LAX on Thursday and left out of Medford Oregon that Sunday. We celebrated Valentine's Day together over the weekend by walking around downtown Ashland, got the same flavor ice cream cones, went to see The Shape of Water together, and had some much needed alone time.  It was a short lived trip but so meaningful to us to take any opportunity we can to see each other. I love my guy! So although on Valentine's we were together I treasure the time we had recently as our Valentine's weekend. 

Growing up in a Long Distance Marriage 

For those of you in a long distance relationship or about to be; let me tell you it's so possible! And I'm not just saying that because I'm married. Chris and I were long distance the last year of dating before we got married. So that was my senior year of college all the way through our entire engagement. Chris proposed late fall of 2014 as I finished up my first semester of my senior year and we were engaged for 7 months. I will tell you it's not easy! Gosh we have shed so many tears through those times (dating and married long distance.) You miss the other person so much and often times it's one person who has the busier schedule which makes it hard. I found myself missing him so much during those months when I wasn't feeling fulfilled in my career or in where God had me. I felt incomplete, lonely, and lost. I have realized through all of those trials that ultimate happiness and satisfaction can't come from your partner; you have to get that from God himself. You have to rely on God to complete you. After months of being the person "at home" I'm currently in an adventure of my own and I feel the most settled and content I have felt in years. Chris is busy in Oregon playing Elvis and fishing and I'm out here in LA working on a show I'm proud of, auditioning, and nannying. We are right where we should be although it is a part. Happy Valentine's to my hunk of a man and partner in all of our adventures, separate and together...he has my back! 

Head to Toe in Lula B's Vintage Finds 

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Although Valentine's Day is over I can't help but share this vintage train shoot I did in Dallas Texas. Every Texas girl needs a good pair of boots and I found these beauties in my favorite Dallas vintage store, Lula B's. My cousin Alison and I have a tradition of going to Lula B's to shop. My cousin lives in Dallas so she's always browsing for fun mid-century inspired furniture and you can no doubt find me near the clothing section rummaging through the vintage racks. I found this black wrap skirt and the adorable plaid vintage suitcase also at Lula B's! They are two locations so be sure to find one near you. 

Outfit Details: Lace Top from Free People, Tassel Skirt from Lula B's, Vintage Plaid Suitcase from Lula B's, and Cowgirl High Heels also from Lula B's. Click below to shop similar items to my look! 

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