Him + Her
What do you get when you blend a country boy with a city girl? Simple, a good ol' fashioned compromise, and it's super easy to do, right?
We began the journey early on in our lives, saying our vows at the age of eighteen and twenty-one; I had just completed high school and Chayce was finishing up college. At the time, we both lived in a small town and worked two full-time jobs in order to make ends meet. After four years, Chayce built what we thought was our dream home and it looked like we were ready to settle in for the long haul. But pretty soon after we moved in, something didn't feel right. Was this it? Were we ready to just hunker down and start cranking out babies? I remember the day Chayce came home, looked me in the eye and said, “We’re too young for this. Life’s too short. So let's get the heck outta here!” Almost in the same breath we had the house sold, along with most of our possessions, quit our jobs and moved to Nottingham, England! Huzzah! Pip pip, cheerio, and all that rot!
During that year, Chayce got his MA at the University of Nottingham and I continued my education through distance courses back home. Through our year abroad, we experienced multiple cultures, made lifelong friends and at one point traveled to 13 diferent countries in the span of twenty five days (that's basically a country every other day or so...yah, not for the faint of heart)! This was probably one of the most enlightening, enjoyable and exhausting years of our lives.
After returning home from 'across the pond,' we spent a brief three months in Malibu, California. Chayce had a full scholarship to get his second MA at Pepperdine, and we were intending to be there long term to build our real estate business—Chayce’s background was in land development and he had also been renovating homes since high school. However, due to life altering circumstances, we returned to the place that holds our hearts most—the great state of Texas. We now reside in the wonderful city of Dallas. (Side note: our brief few months in Cali were amazing and we hope some other season of our lives will find us there again...)
And here we are today. Living in the bustling metropolis of D-town, where the temperatures are hot and the housing market is even hotter. We quit our jobs to pursue home renovation full time while Chayce got an MBA and I began a second design degree on the side (this time in architecture). Along the way, one of the many things that we’ve learned through our eleven years of marriage is that life is too short not to do what you love—or at least not to attempt to do what you love. There are certain things in life that just come naturally to you and just feel right; you don't mind waking up early to pursue them and when you're doing them, you lose track of time. These are what we call our passions, gifting’s and talents, and when we are busy perfecting and cultivating them, we find true fulfillment and create some of our best work! For Chayce and I, we believe home renovation and designing creative spaces to be a big part of that, and it took us over a decade of life together to finally hone in on what drives us—to take something bland, forgettable, even disgusting and breathe life back into it to create, sometimes from the ground up, something entirely new, beautiful and lasting. It's kinda a good metaphor for life...
So that’s what we’re going to do. Just as we've done many times before, we’re leaving behind that which is comfortable, practical and what 'makes sense' to see if we can make it on our own. Check back every now and then to see how we're doing; if history has any lessons for us it's that it won't turn out how we think...