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What started as a #homelesshoneymoon for us as newlyweds, evolved into A House of Monks as our little family began to grow. We always loved photographs and words, so documenting our life-adventures became a natural way for us to add a couple of hobbies to our daily lives. We hope that you enjoy. Don't Forget to Follow us on our Social Media Websites below!

Resolutions & Revelations

Resolutions & Revelations

 Quandary Peak Summit

Quandary Peak Summit

A revelation is a surprisingly unknown fact that dramatically presents itself...

Our revelation had tip-toed up to us the morning after our engagement. It did seem dramatic, but it possibly could have been the combination of realizing there was something valuable perched on my finger clouded with the foggy champagne memories of the evening before. The origin of the idea seemed to be just as hard to locate as the reason as to why. We spent the morning cuddling up, not knowing what unified us in this desperately romantic idea, and even more so, we did not understand the capacity of our concept.

Nonetheless, we were feeling blissfully inspired, and it took an hour or so of sweet whispers until we could finally blurt out what we knew the other wanted: To travel. 

When any couple gets engaged, it seems a great flood of thoughts flash in. You begin to think about and prioritize what the two of you want together, forever, as partners in life. Some may want kids right away or to possibly start looking at a first home, but travel seemed to resonate with us for some mystic reason.

So, after the haze of booze and bliss burned off, the first part of our revelation was to save an equal amount of money, combine it, and travel the world as newlyweds until that money hit zero. This meant no jobs, no income, no bills, and practically no adult responsibility.

We both agreed that leaving on January 1st, 2017 would add to the drama, and in the meantime, we could plan a wedding, get married, honeymoon/roadtrip for an entire month, spend the holidays with our family, work full time, and move out of our downtown apartment.  

Lists. Lists. Neverending Lists. 

As 2016 began to dissipate, and we found ourselves yearning to create resolutions for the new year, we felt a bit dumbfounded. When a revelation takes form and becomes an achievable dream, what left do you have to resolve?

Reaching the summit of a revelation is never a small task. You have to cross rivers of issues and trek across rocky roads of doubt only to find yourself on the top of a peak in a mountain range of even more ideas and solutions. A revelation is not as finite as the dictionary may make it seem. It is ever-evolving and practically horizon-less. 

So, within a revelation, we found another one, and then another one after that. It seems that our theme this year was going to be to challenge ourselves to not head home from the peak of a concept, but to instead hike towards the next mountain top for a completely different view.

We have just started to scratch the surface of our openness to embrace growth, possibilities, and resolutions, and we hope that everyone reading will enjoy our process. Here's to 2017! Let us learn from and always remember 2016 and embrace all of the new freedom and revelations this year offers. Cheers!

-Bree and Trevor

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