He Said, She Said: 2018 Recap

I can’t believe we made it…THIS IS WHAT WE MADE!

Like Beyoncé and Jay Z, we all see the crowd goin’ apeshit each year after Christmas when everyone realizes that New Year’s Eve is in less than a week. It has a way of creeping up on you! One day you’re stuffing your face with Christmas cookies and the next your calendar is full with your highly aggressive (and very unrealistic) gym regimen inspired by your new year’s resolution.

For even the slightest chance you actually stick with it, it’s important to first assess your past and present before you can take action for change in the future. That’s why, when Carson and I exchange Christmas gifts, our favorite tradition is to write letters to each other before all of that craziness ensues. There is only one guideline — it must be a reflection of our past year together. Simple, honest, and the perfect way to end the year on a positive note (literally). I totally recommend doing this with your loved one so you have a strong start to the new year, together! Read below for our 2018 letters to each other.

 

Madison, Cabo San Lucas, Cerritos, San José del Cabo, Chicago, Milwaukee, La Crosse, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Denver, Las Cruces, River Falls, The Cabin, Hayward, Tomahawk, New York, Green Bay, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Kyoto, Tokyo.

Vacations, Weddings, Birthdays, Friendly Visits, Graduations, Date Nights, Engagements, Traditions, Anniversaries, College Move ins, Holidays.

New Friends, New Shows, New Blogs, New Traditions… On a “Game of Thrones”-less year, how did we possibly have this much excitement?

Just like Last Christmas (Wham! 1986), I find myself struggling on where to start with this letter. For two people that do so much in a single year, it can almost be overwhelming to fit it on one piece of paper. And under all that craziness, we were able to celebrate our 5 year anniversary together.  FIVE YEARS!!! That’s 60 months! That’s 1826 days! That’s 35 dog years! We might almost be considered a “serious” relationship…

All joking aside, developing our life together has been one of my biggest joys. I love the traditions we have created together. I love the big traditions, like decorating our freshly cut Christmas tree, exchanging love letters, the Frostiball, Farmers Markets, Concerts on the Square, and heading to the Cabin every chance we get. I also love the unspoken traditions, like eating dinner together, talking about our days, asking what haircut I should get, making fools of ourselves whenever we hear a good song, asking for each other’s opinions when deciding what to wear, and kissing each other softly before going to sleep. Queue the “awwww.”

Throughout all of these adventures and traditions, it still shocks me how compatible we are. Whether it is harmonizing on roadtrips, collectively deciding to skip the gym for a beer and burger, or our lifelong goals and values, we are (mostly sometimes) always in agreement. Nothing exemplifies this quite like planning and executing a trip to the other side of the world together (casual). Japan was such a blessing! But it was also such a good indication of how well we work together through uncertainty and stress, highs and lows. And side by side, we were able to experience an unbelievable amount.

Masy, you are such an incredible individual that is able to excel in work, blogging, friends, family, and (last but not least) me. Not to mention, doing this all at the same time! You have a ton of patience, intellect, compassion, and drive. The more people I meet, the more it’s reinforced how truly wonderful you are and how truly fortunate I am. We have a blindingly bright future ahead and I am excited to spend it with you.

Love you always,

Carson

Merry Christmas my love!

This is my favorite time of the year because we get to celebrate the life we have created together — I’vvvve HAD the tiiime of my liiifffeeee and I owe it all to youuuu! In all seriousness, there’s no one else in the world who I am more grateful to know and love.

From this past year, there are so many things I could thank you for, but here are just a few…

Thank you for being my adventure buddy. We have done an amazing job creating our own little world together but I am so grateful that you fuel my adventurous spirit to experience more. Even if I hesitate, you are there to hold my hand every step of the way. I’ll keep holding on tight, no matter what adventure we tackle next!

Thank you for your killer dance moves. I lucked out with you as my go-to dance partner! Whether it’s swinging me around the dance floor of a loved one’s wedding or creating our own choreography in front of our bathroom mirror, we are always in sync.

Thank you for wearing matching socks. Someone has to have it together in our household! But for real, you are a rockstar when it comes to doing the laundry, making dinner, doing the dishes, taking out the garbage…all the boring little things that make a house a home. Never once have you complained! You get the roommate of the year award once again — I am so happy that we moved in together.

Thank you for being my #1 cheerleader. 2018 has been a challenge for me to put myself out there, try new things, and be vulnerable. Not only have you encouraged me and believed in me every step of the way, but you have played with my hair to calm me down when I’m in the middle of a mid-mid-life crisis. Your belief in me inspires me to make you proud.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your family & you being a part of mine. Our trip to Japan means more to my family than you will ever know! Words can’t describe how appreciative I am of your curiosity to know the real me and your love for every person who has been apart of making me who I am today. I only hope to be able to reciprocate the same with your family, who has raised you to to be such an incredible man. I love them all so dearly!

Thank you for being you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have never found someone who is as positive and genuine as you. Without a doubt in my mind, you are my person. You are my partner. You are my forever. There is not a single day that goes by after these 5 years together that I am not thankful for you.

You make everything merry and bright. (I’m not crying…YOU’RE crying! lol)

Love you bunches & bunches,

Masayo

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