I'm married to Colton.
In July of 2011 we had a beautiful, musical, joyful wedding in Alabama.
Then packed our bags and headed to Hollywood!
If you look really closely between Colton and his best friend Bryce, you can see the Hollywood sign.
We like it here - we've been in LA for a little over a year. It seems crazy to say that. Somehow, it seems like we've been here forever, but it also seems like we just got here. Do you know what I mean?
Colton works as a Cinematographer and Camera Assistant. His schedule is pretty random, but that means that he's at home most of the time with me! He's actually within an arm's reach as I type this. I love it. When he's working, though, it's pretty intense. That's how the movie biz works. For example, last year he had a pretty slow month - he hadn't worked but a few days. Then he got a call one night from a production company saying, "Can you fly to the Bahamas tomorrow morning?" "Uh, okay!" he said. So he ended up flying out within 12 hours of the phone call, and was gone for about two weeks. (Near the end of the shoot the whole production ended up having to flee the country in private planes to avoid arrest, but that's another story!)
My schedule is much more steady. I'm part housewife, part jewelry maker. (You can see my etsy shop here). My days are spent washing dishes, cooking, doing the laundry, and trying desperately to make our apartment look presentable. (I'm a very messy person by nature, and most days it's really hard to fight that!)
I think it's very important to find peace wherever you're at.
Sometimes I find myself getting antsy or cabin fever-y. I think that's mainly because I *feel* like I'm not doing anything important. I'm not earning money. I've never actually had a "real" job. I can't even seem to keep up with the housework, even though there are so many working moms who can raise three kids, work part or full time, maintain sparkling kitchen counters, and even go to the gym a few times a week. That's not me!
But here's the thing. What I do IS important. My husband needs me. He might not have even lasted in LA without me here... it can be a very lonely city. I can cook up a storm. I can brighten the days of my neighbors and the mailman and the cashiers at the grocery store with my smile and a few kind words. I can host community group at our apartment and put my domestic skills to use. I can paint pictures for my friends. I can listen to Colton if he's had a bad day at work and help him unload grip equipment from the car.
And at the end of the day, I can look forward to spending time with my sweet husband, watching a movie, eating cookies, and making him laugh by angrily shaking my fist at the tv when I lose another MarioKart race.
And that's a very, very good thing. I am blessed to be where I am, to be doing what I do.
So if you ever feel discouraged, be your own cheerleader and remember that the world wouldn't be the same without you in it! You were made to be here.
Kelly's Etsy shop.
More of Kelly's beautiful wedding photos (you know you want to).