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How I Caught the Luck of the Irish (& The Man of my Dreams)

Since I was young, 13 was my lucky number. It was my go-to number for years during little league. I was lucky number 13. Despite people telling me it was unlucky, I believed in the power of believing.

On New Year’s Day 2013, I told myself it would be the luckiest year of my life. For two reasons: 1.) Because 13 was my number and 2.) I knew I would be traveling extensively. But as life goes, there were many unprecedented adventures along the way.

After my summer in Europe, I planned a trip to Ireland in November with my friend from study abroad. You can read more about it here.

Right around the same time, an Aussie had left for his European adventure. He had traveled far to get to the UK, and journeyed around England for the first bit. He was going to skip out on heading to Ireland altogether.

But instead, on the 13th day of his travels, he landed in Dublin – the same day as me. And within the 13th minute of knowing him, I knew he was special. We seemed to have both caught the luck of the Irish.

After meeting, we took our first picture together, and even though the Guinness was talking, I used a quote I saw on a window of a restaurant earlier that day, “”You’ll ask for a city of dreams. I’ll show you Dublin, and you’ll fall in love.”
instagram-dublin-love-boyfriendThat night, after we roamed the streets of Dublin and parted ways, he sent me the first of many messages: “Life will honestly never be the same.”

 Today is that exact day – one year later.

A few weeks later, I was asking my parents if they think I should take the risk to fly back to Europe to visit Sam – a guy I only knew for two days in Ireland. And without their support and love, my life would be drastically different. I wouldn’t be living in Sydney with the man of my dreams, and my family wouldn’t be flying to Australia for Christmas.

It’s crazy to think that last year on the day after Christmas, I left to fly to Europe to be with Sam. This year on the day after Christmas, I’ll be flying to the Great Barrier Reef with Sam – and my entire family. Who would have thought?!

The point is: life gives you unbelievable and unexpected opportunities – it’s up to you to take those opportunities, to take those risks. It’s up to you to believe in what you want – even if it’s thought to be out of the ordinary (or unlucky.)

It’s been a wild adventure since the moment we met. In one year, we’ve visited 3 continents, 7 countries,7 states (AUS/USA), 20 cities and countless miles in between. He lived in the US for three months. I moved to Australia six months ago, and now we live and work in Sydney. So where will we go next? Not even we know at this point, but I know as long as I’m with Sam, anything is possible.

“Moats and boats and waterfalls – alleyways and pay phone calls. I’ve been everywhere with you.” 

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  • Reply Kirstie November 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    This post is too sweet! Isn’t it crazy where life takes us? I could never have imagined I’d be in Australia (and in love with an Aussie!) at this point in my life. Congratulations on one year!

  • Reply Lucy Pilz (@wanderlustscout) November 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Gah, this is the most gorgeous story. I bloody love a love story.

    P.s 13 is my lucky number too!

    Luc x ||

  • Reply ldr13 November 28, 2014 at 1:39 am

    This honestly almost made me cry. What a story :). 13 has also always been my lucky number. I think when I was young I felt bad for it cause no one seemed to like the number; and like the number 13 I also never seemed to fit in.

    You just made me realize that I met the man of my dreams in 2013. In the third month of 2013. My life has transformed so much since he came into it. I never knew I could be this happy every single day. I’m such a different person and my life is going in a direction I never saw coming. It’s given me faith to just let life happen and to enjoy every minute no matter what, because we never know what’s in store.

    That’s so incredible that the two of you just knew you had something special right away. It was like that for us as well. I feel like people who are willing to take a crazy chance on each-other like that and to do the distance and who are willing to commit that kind of effort for love end up with some of the best relationships. 🙂

    Have an amazing Christmas with the boy and your family! You guys look adorable together 🙂

    • Reply KP Schwan November 28, 2014 at 5:35 am

      Thank you! Such a sweet story about you and your partner as well 🙂

      It’s certainly been quite the adventure. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply karolinapatrykcom December 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Aww… that’s really great story :). We also believe that numbers rule the world. We wish you and Sam love, happiness and of course… amazing travels!

    • Reply KP Schwan December 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks so much! Wishing you the best as well 🙂

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