Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Orlando, FL

Well I figured it was about time I updated this blog. In May of this year I was promoted to General Manager at the Hampton Inn. Perfect timing after graduating with my Bachelors in Hotel, Resort and Hospitality Management. So far it has been the most amazing job and I feel so lucky to have it. Hilton requires a certain amount of training before I became an official GM so I got to travel a ton this summer. My biggest trips were to Memphis, TN and Orlando, FL. I went to Orlando in October and had the most amazing weather. It was a 5 day conference on new things for the brand and how to be the best leader I can be. I met a ton of amazing people including Marcus Buckingham!! They also closed down Sea World for us and had incorporated "Hampton" things throughout the park. It was such a fun week - the only thing that was missing was Derek : (. He surprised my by painting my wall purple - something I had been longing for for a while now and I just love it.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Infertility At It's Finest!

Well April is Infertility Awareness Month and it's quite ironic that three years ago on April 1st Derek and I decided we wanted to start our family... now it's 2011 and it's just the two of us. Our story is like most infertile couples. We fell in love and decided to wed on November 24th, 2006. We had big dreams for our life ahead... spend some honeymoon time with just the two of us, do some traveling, and then start a family. No where in our plan did infertility have a place. After a very long year of inconsistency we ventured to my OBGYN for some answers. We started a ton of tests until it was discovered that I suffered from PCOS a disorder that causes ovaries to not ovulate making it almost impossible to conceive. The one thing I feared most was happening to ME... INFERTILITY!! I cried... a lot. In public, in private it didn't matter. I was crushed and filled with anger, sadness, guilt, and hopelessness and many others. At that moment I had no idea what long road I had in front of me. The year to follow was the hardest of my life. We tried a few procedures on me and I started experimenting with many medications to see if any would help... but none did. We were going no where but deeper into medical debt. To make matters worse my insurance would not cover a thing.... not even my DR visits. Between the expenses and the painful procedures we decided to take a break. The great thing is that I married an amazing man who has not once blamed me, but I'm not gonna lie it kills me to think that because of me he may never be a father. Have we thought about adoption? YES! What about IFV? That too, but right now we are trying to find our path in life and see what option is best and how will we be able to afford it. I know God has a plan for us, but I'm having a hard time being patient... it is NOT one of my strengths. So far it's been a trying three years for us filled with heartache and despair and I know the road in front of us is not much better... I'm just glad I have my best friend to help me through the nights where all I want to do is cry. To all my friends/family members/and any other mothers I want you to know that I am happy for you and your baby even though I may not show it. It's difficult to express joy for others when you go through infertility, but I truly am happy for you and the miracle God has blessed you with. For now I'm an aunt and may always be, but I'm pretty lucky to have 5 nephews to help care for.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Looking Forward to 2011

Im excited for 2011 there is a lot to look forward to this year like the following:Celebrate 5 wonderful years of marriage
Go on vacation somewhere awesome
Possibly add another pooch to our family like this guy
Landscape our front yard
Welcome two more nephews to the Bulloch clan
Continue to Exercise

Spend some time at Lake Powell

Go back to California

And the biggest thing this year.... Graduate College... Finally!