I'm so excited to write about this previous client, Abby Himes. One of the best parts of my job is creating friendships with my couples and then staying in touch after the wedding. I've actually know Abby since high school and she hired me to help plan her stateside wedding while she was living in Guam with her Navy husband Chris after they were married in a 2009 civil ceremony. Their vow renewal/ "family & friends" wedding was held on October 3, 2010 and she has contributed to some guest posts (here and here) on her experience. While moving half the way across the world might seem impossible to some people, Abby has taken on the challenge head on and has inspired me along the way.
Abby started a blog to log all of her adventures when she first moved to Guam after Chris' initial deployment in May 2009. Just in the past few months she has moved/ updated to a new blog, Seaweed & Sassafras. I subscribe to S&S on my Google Reader and it has become one of my favorite lifestyle blogs! It is a fun and info packed blog with great posts on shopping, healthy recipes, travel and eco friendly issues close to Abby's heart. I have to admit that posting is a huge task to keep up with and Abby's posts always make me want to make time right then & there to work on the FCW blog. This post showcases her love of running (she ran a half marathon last year!) and has great ideas for gear including a super useful water bottle that I'm pretty in love with. Oh and she posted this week that she is offering a Cuisinart Giveaway, you know, just because she is awesome.
And in case you needed more evidence of awesome, Abby is featured in Fitness Magazine's 12 Healthy Success Stories! While she has always been fit, in the article Abby discusses how moving to Guam inspired her to try different fitness activities outside her comfort zone. She went from the elliptical machine to zip lining, hiking and running lots of races like that half marathon. Trying new fitness activities sure beats a treadmill slump! Be sure to check her blog out and I know you won't be disappointed.