Throughout my life nothing has gone exactly the way I expected. As a young girl I had an idea of the way my life would unfold, in a Norman Rockwell type of setting. Is that too much to ask? Well, yes!! I have experienced unimaginable sadness and life changing elation, all of which made me a stronger, more confident person. Sometimes the curves in the road turn out to be moments that will bring the insight you need to make the next decision.
Ten years ago, I would I have told you that I would follow in my mother's footsteps marry when I am 30 and start having children when I am 32 (another contradiction of my earlier thinking, but that will be a discussion for another post). I am now 29, have been married for two years, proud owner of a hefty mortgage, also a proud owner of a hefty yellow lab and pregnant with my first child. Like I said, life is not what you expect it to be.
This change in my storybook timeline is due to the wonderful fault of my husband. I met Justin six years ago and that is when I saw the preverbal "light". I am firm believer that there are people in this world that are here to change your life. Justin has done that for me. He has helped me become a calmer, happier, more enthusiastic, take life and experience kind of person. If you ever meet him, I promise you will like him right of the bat. He has uncanny way to make you feel completely welcome and at ease. Justin is rarely ever in a bad mood, always nice to everyone and sincerely does not speak badly about anyone. I thrive to possess the same qualities....still working!! He has an appetite for adventure and traveling. One of Justin's main passions in life are motorcycles. You know it's not just a hobby when you see your husband parlay his immense enjoyment of motorcycles into a career. One would think that this love of motorcycles stops with Justin but it does not. I firmly believe that the desire to be on two wheels instead of four is embedded the Bradshaw gene, that will inevitably be passed down to my son.
I know what your thinking....where is the flaw? If Justin is as wonderful as he sounds then the in laws must be wrenched, right? That is where you'd be wrong. I somehow stumbled upon a truly wonderful family....The Bradshaw Clan. Now, is anyone ever really perfect? No, but all of Justin's family members are kind, open, honest, loving, supportive, well-grounded and intelligent people. And now I am one of them. A tall order to live up to but they make me strive to be a better version of myself. Hence, the name of my blog....."A Bradshaw Way of Life"
I hope you enjoy my blog and my thoughts of being a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend and woman trying to navigate this world that will sure to bring more twists and turns then a boring Norman Rockwell picture.