I’m Erin, and I’ve been known to over-share, so I’ll try to keep this to a minimum!
Born and raised in the Midwest and given all of the opportunities I could have asked for — a happy childhood, a privileged adolescence, and love coming in from every direction — I am not unaware of the good fortune that I’ve been given!
Circumstances brought me to Ball State University for college, where, despite my reluctance to enjoy myself at an Indiana school where none of my friends had gone, I had the time of my life. Literally. I still look back at those 4 years with a yearning for the past that I don’t think I’ll ever quite get over. So many things happened over those years, and I was completely shaped into the woman I’ve become. I made mistakes, discovered [and subsequently changed] paths, made lifelong friends, created insane amounts of memories, and most of all, found the love of my life.
Anthony and I met the first month of college in the dorm where we both lived. I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight (I’m not sure if I believe in that, especially for an 18-year-old), but it was only a matter of months of dating this cute boy from downstairs before I was certain that this was the man I would marry. But we’ll get to that…
After college, I knew I needed to live in a big city, and moved to the closest one I could find while Anthony was finishing school. Although San Francisco and NYC were calling to me, I settled for a studio apartment in Chicago, which I think made my parents and boyfriend only slightly nervous as opposed to completely terrified (had I gone with one of my other choices). I worked toward my dream of being a big-time magazine designer by plugging away at different trade publications, designing spreads for articles about the construction industry, coin-operated laundromats, dry cleaners and other equally-exciting subjects.
After Anthony finished his degree, he whisked me off for a 21-day tour of Europe, where we visited 12 different countries and finally started to see the world together. The trip culminated with him down on one knee beside the Seine in Paris, to which I of course said yes.
We returned home to spend a fun-filled summer in Chicago before Anthony received an offer with his dream job in Boulder, Colorado. We spend much time thinking about it before we determined that it was the best decision for both of us to go for it. Anthony was not at a job where he saw much room to grow, and while the idea of designing advertisements for drycleaning chemical companies into the foreseeable future might be enticing to some, I was certain that something else was waiting out there for me. So, in the midst of wedding planning, we quit our jobs, packed up a U-Haul and moved out west. Shortly after the move, we were married back “home” in October of 2009 at a ceremony and reception that was perfect for us, surrounded by so many loved ones.
We’ve both been through several job changes over the past few years, and experienced disappointments in the continuing pursuit of our dreams, but we’ve never looked back. The move out west has proven to be an excellent decision for both of us and we’ve been fortunate enough to find an excellent assortment of friends, taken in some incredible views, and continued in our adventure.
I’m currently working as a graphic designer in the hotel industry — a unique job I had never considered but is more fulfilling than I would have ever guessed. I’m also running my own custom wedding invitation design business, 519 Weddings, to which I dedicate an increasing amount of time in order to grow it into the venture I believe it could be. We have the constant entertainment of two sweet pets, which we consider the only “children” we need for now, while we discover the world as a couple. I adopted Gizmo my junior year of college from my parents’ farm, and even as a devilish little kitten I think Anthony considered her as much his cat as mine. We rescued Olive shortly after we moved to Boulder and her sweetly dopey puppy-ness continues to provide endless entertainment, while her unwavering love and loyalty serve as a surprising example to us both.
Life has its ups and downs, and I hope to use this blog as a way to write honestly about both. With many of my close friends and family living scattered across the country, thousands of miles from us, I hope to be able to keep any interested parties informed of our adventures (and misadventures, at times!). If only as a means to practice my writing, the mundane details of life will be overly explored here, and I hope it provides at least a little insight, if not entertainment.