Today marks exactly two-months before my wedding, and it comes with mixed emotions:

  1. Excitement
  2. Overwhelmed
  3. Focused and thoughtful

Let me explain.

I am astounded by the fact that we have already been engaged over a year, and that in 8 weeks we will finally tie the knot. I am excited to spend the rest of my life with my fiance, and I am looking forward to all of the new experiences we will face as a married couple.

Despite the excitement, there are so many things riding on our plates right now. With work and graduate school and preparation for the house, time literally runs out before I can blink my eyes. This semester has been running me to the curb, and with the realization that there are only two months left to finish all of the wedding preparations, the overwhelmed emotions somehow manage to join on in.

Yet we are also focused. My fiance and I realize that we still want to paint the walls in his condo, finish all of the small tasks for the wedding, and spend time with friends in the peak of the this beautiful weather; however, we have set a goal to remain focused on what marriage will mean and to prepare for the next 70ish years instead of just the big day. We want to start our marriage strong. We want to be focused on each other and on the foundation of our future.

So two months out? I am not sure what other brides have felt, but I sure know what runs through my mind and heart. It’s time to balance all of the feelings, prioritize, and prepare–for both the day and the years.

After all, I am very excited for the wedding, but I am most excited to start living this life side-by-side with my best friend.