When One Door Closes…

Being a 21-year-old girl married to a 24-year-old boy has its perks. We have tons of fun, we’re super in love, and we have a whole life ahead of us. But at the same time, it’s a little rough trying to navigate through this beautiful life we’re building. We’re in an awkward in-between stage where we know exactly what we want our future to look like, but we’ve quickly come to understand that nothing goes as planned.

When Karter and I got married, we had our future set. Karter was going to dental school, and he was taking the prerequisite classes needed to get there. He studied for hours on end, but his grades weren’t great — and lo and behold, he decided to switch his major along with half of his classmates. I worked in admissions in college, so I knew it was super typical for students to switch majors at least once, usually two or three times. Karter has a lovely, outgoing personality, and we decided together that professional sales was where he would thrive. We started to get excited. We decided he was going to sell medical devices and it would be exactly where he needed to be.

Fast forward to Summer of 2017, and Karter got his first sales internship. I bought him a bunch of darling business outfits from J. Crew and sent him off on his first day of work. From that very first day, we both felt like something was off. By the end of the summer, Karter absolutely hated the sales world, and we had no idea what was next in our future.

It was a very difficult, scary time for us, and we had to rely heavily on prayer, inspiration, and the support of our loved ones. I remember the day in October when Karter and I were sitting on the couch having a normal night, when he looked at me and said, “I want to be a doctor.” My heart sank. He was two semesters away from finishing his sales degree, we were so close to starting our life and our careers, and the possibility of a family wasn’t too far off. I immediately started to cry. I felt so many emotions, including fear and stress, but the most prominent feeling was peace. I knew it would be a long road and that we would have to sacrifice a lot, but deep down, I knew it was the right thing for him to do. After a lot of thought, prayer, and research, Karter marched into his academic advisor and changed his major once again.

I’m so proud of him for everything he has already accomplished. He’ll still graduate with a sales degree, but he’s working through the prerequisites he needs to apply to medical school. He’s so excited, and even though it hasn’t been easy all the time, we know everything will work out because we have the Lord on our side.

I want this corner of my blog to be dedicated to all wives who have husbands trying to get into med school, dental school, grad school, law school, or any other type of post-graduate education that causes a ton of stress. It’s a big deal, and no one can truly understand it unless they’re going through it or have been through it. It can feel lonely at times, so I’ll be writing about the heartaches, victories, and unexpected bumps in the road. No one should have to do this alone, so hopefully someone can find these posts and feel peace that everything will be okay. Here’s to the long, scary, exciting, and beautiful road ahead.

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Christmas is coming!!! I absolutely love the holiday season. There’s something so special about this time of year, and it’s such a magical time to spend with loved ones. One of my favorite holiday traditions is visiting Disneyland with my whole family! We’ve been going for as long as I can remember around Thanksgiving time, and it’s seriously the best.

Because we’ve been so many times, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that might help you out on your next Disney holiday adventure. I’ll probably write a lot of posts like this (because one post would be waaaaaay too long), so these are only a few of the best pieces of advice I have for you:

1. Use the MaxPass — it’s seriously worth it 

Disney MaxPass is possibly the best thing to ever happen to Disneyland (okay that might be a little extreme but hear me out). With the Disneyland app and MaxPass, you can scan your park hoppers or annual passes (we had all seven of ours on one phone), get FASTPASSES from anywhere inside the two parks (Disneyland and California Adventure), and you get unlimited Photopass downloads. Oh, and it’s only $10 extra per ticket, per day (or a one time $75 fee for annual passes). I promise it’s worth every penny, especially during the holidays when every ride has a super long wait time.

2. Stay until midnight 

It seems like everyone and their dog are at Disneyland in November and December, which means the parks are usually open a little later than normal. When we went the week of Thanksgiving, it was open until midnight every night. We were definitely tired at the end of the day, but the park practically clears out after the fireworks show at 9:30. You get two hours of empty lines, awesome photo opportunities, and a lifetime of memories. So no matter how tired you are and how bad your feet hurt, just hold out until the end of the day. You’ll walk on every ride and it’ll be so worth it!

3. Watch the seasonal shows

World of Color Season of Light, Believe … in Holiday Magic fireworks show, and the Christmas Fantasy parade are all absolutely incredible, and you definitely won’t want to miss them. They’ll put you right in the holiday spirit, and you can’t see them any other time of the year! If you want an awesome view of World of Color, go stand in the wet zone. You might get a little mist, but you’ll have an unobstructed view of the most spectacular water show in the world. If you want a life-changing view of the fireworks, hop on the Storybook ride right before the show starts. The tour guides have to stop the boats when the fireworks start, and you’ll see the show right in between the castle and It’s a Small World. I definitely cried, and it was so magical.

These are just a few of my favorite Disneyland tips, and I’ll be posting more soon. If you go on a Disney trip and use any of these tips, I would love to know! And I’m always open to hearing your favorite tips too, so let me in on all your Disney secrets in the comments!

A little about me…

Hey everyone! My name is Lindsey Chisholm, and I’m so happy you’re here! I’m a firm believer that Disneyland truly is the happiest place on earth, anyone can pull off whatever look they want, and you can find happiness and light, even in the very darkest times. This blog is a positive space, and I want you to come here and leave happier than you were before. So follow along if you would like, and feel free to direct message me at any time with questions, concerns, suggestions, or even just to chat. We’re all friends here! Happy reading!