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I shared recently in this post that this spring has been a more-stressful-than-usual season for us because Christian has chosen to pursue a medical fellowship after his Otolaryngology (ENT) residency. This means he has traveled to 14 cities and interviewed for a one-person fellowship position… with less than 50 available spots in the U.S. + Canada.

As a surgical subspecialty within an already small speciality… it’s extremely competitive. It’s stressful, exhausting and quite expensive.

I shared his ENT residency match in this reveal four years ago, so it felt appropriate to do the same this time, showing all of the places he has been traveling since March.

New York x 2, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Kansas City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago x 2, Philadelphia…

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Christian has matched in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in…

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Oh snap! Cali has us hooked for another year and you know I’m not complainin’!  Christian matched last week and we’ve been celebrating ever since.  We still have one more year (year #5) for Christian to finish up his ENT residency and then we’ll move to San Francisco for one year for his 10th and final year of training post-college. Ten. Years. The light at the end of the tunnel is there, guys. I can see it!!

In the meantime, we are really enjoying this palm tree journey God has blessed us with. It would have been really easy to stay in Mississippi or the South, and that would have been great too… but I am so proud of Christian for spreading his wings and seeing what’s out there. To put yourself out there is not only extremely vulnerable but also can be a big risk, and dreaming BIG doesn’t come without both successes and failures (speaking from my own experiences). We’re in it together and have always encouraged each other to take the leap of faith… and here we are again, with another adventure ahead of us.

I’ve always thought he was one of the smartest fish I’ve ever met, and it’s been a beautiful thing to watch him discover that for himself.  My boy is growing up and I feel so privileged to be a small part of his success! CHBoo, I’ll ride the coattails of your lottery ticket any day.

Thanks so much for all of your support over the years. Honestly, there have been some really long and hard/lonely days and your comments and feedback have given me a feeling of community and a lump in my throat. You guys will never know how much I value and appreciate you.

And of course… I have another year to soak up SoCal and graciously accept any SF recommendations you guys have!  C has dabbled in looking at housing in the area where he’ll be working and it happens to be one of the most expensive neighborhoods in one of the most expensive cities in the country… so I am just expecting to shell out, enjoy it and live like this for a year.  That handbag I was going to buy myself for my birthday? Yeah, I decided that maybe I would just save that cash instead. #Adulting.

I actually pulled up this post back in 2014 when Christian and I drove up the coast to San Francisco to visit my brother and his fam when they were living there.  And I already started making a bucket list like I did for SoCal when I found out we were moving here!

Thanks so much for reading and sharing in this celebratory moment with us – love you mean it! XO –

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  1. Congratulations Christian and Kathleen ! The journey continues … find joy in every step. We want you in North Carolina when you go permanent in 2 years … Chapel Hill, Charlotte, dare I mention the ‘D’ word ( Dook : ) all great academic centers for your brilliant guy to excel in and start bringing in the dough ( I knew those ten lean years of training well ). Love xoxo, lea

    1. Aww thanks always for all the love and support Lea! It always means so much coming from someone who has been there. xoxo

  2. Congratulations to both of you! How exciting! It’s been so fun watching you guys grow as a couple and always support each other 100% (#instagramhusband anyone?)! I can’t wait to see where this next adventure leads you to!

  3. How exciting! I absolutely LOVE San Francisco and have had the chance to visit a few times this year. Would move there in a heartbeat. Great food, things to do and so.many.dogs. Best of luck with the move!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    1. Oh girl I can only hope we can find something big-dog friendly! Thanks for the love!! xo

  4. That’s so incredible! Congratulations to you both! San Fran seems like an amazing city and I’m sure you will both love being there.

  5. Yeah!!! So excited we get you in Northern CA! I live just outside of SF and you will love it. Congratulations to you both! I just love reading your blog and love seeing you both work hard and succeed!

    1. Aww I so appreciate that Nicole. Thanks so much for the love and support! We can’t wait to explore your city!

  6. Such wonderful news. I’m excited for the both of you. I have lived in NYC, SF, The OC and now Las Vegas. Moving to a new city is another chapter in life. You never know where that journey will take you. All the best! Packing, not so much fun! Haha

  7. Congrats to you both!! I saw Kansas City on the list and that is where I live and have grown-up….so I got a little excited. My husband is not a doctor but is a medical sales rep for an orthopedic device company and lives the hours of a doctor so I can relate to many of your long nights, weekends of alone time and crazy on call hours.

    1. Aww I love that. C loved Kansas City! I think anyone with a significant other in the medical field can relate to our crazy-houred life. He’s lucky to have you as a support system!

  8. How exciting for you both! San Francisco is such an awesome place to live! Not that I’m bias or anything because I live here. 🙂 If you need any recommendations on restaurants, areas to live, or things to do let me know!

  9. AHH!! CONGRATS YOU TWO!!! This is so exciting! San Francisco happens to be my favorite city in the USA AND you’re a hop, skip, and jump from Napa Valley/Sonoma/the amazing vineyards! Doesn’t get much better than that 😉

    Cheers to you guys! xoxo

  10. Congratulations to both of you! I enjoy reading your blog and watching your hilarious Insta stories.. never a dull moment!

    1. Aw Carrie what a sweet thing to say. Thank you so much for watching and following along!

  11. So beyond excited for y’all!! SF will be such a fun city to live in that year and I know y’all will completely live it up (hello multiple Napa trips)!

  12. I’m so excited for you guys!!!! And myself too, to be honest, haha! I was rooting for San Francisco as soon as you mentioned he went there. I live in Napa Valley so I hope to see you there often (fancy a complimentary wine visit?) or I’d love to meet you in the city!


    Paulina | Shenska

  13. Congrats girl! What an amazing journey. You guys are so cute and it’s beautiful to see the commitment you both have to each other’s careers.

  14. So incredibly excited for you and happy you get to stay in CA for another year! Your words about Christian were so unbelievably sweet, I teared up. Love the love you guys have for one another, you truly are each other’s biggest supporters even though what you do is so different!

  15. Ahhhhhh YAY! Can we be friends when you move? 🙂 congratulations! You’ll love it! I’m sure you’ll have fun styling new clothes with warm layers for our foggy micro climates. So excited for you!

  16. Congrats to you guys! I just have to say this doesn’t fit very well with my plans! Haha!! You know when you follow someone long enough on Instagram and realize, I could totally be best friends with this person! Quick things in common: My hubby is a surgical tech who works with ENT doctors, we both live in OC and we both love fashion! Also we love those R&B throwbacks!! I was secretly hoping one day I would run into you in OC and we would instantly connect! It was a wonderful dream lol!!! Well anyway, best of luck to you guys in San Fransico!! P.S. I love your Daryl snap chat filter! So funny, in fact, I decided to name mine. His name is Fred and We have so much fun singing those throwbacks!! I’ll still be following from Sunny OC! Can’t wait to see your new Adventures!! Praying for you guys!!!!

    1. Awww I love this! BUT I still have a year in OC so there’s definitely still a chance! And I also am loving the idea of Fred. Thank you for the love Rita!

  17. Congrats to the both of you, that really is such an amazing accomplishment! I feel like I know a small part of your pain on being a med school/residency widow, as I’ve been a law school/starting your own practice widow for about 6 years now, haha! The good news is that it does get better and the pride you feel at accomplishing something that very few can or will even try is truly special. I’m usually a lurker, but this occasion deserves a huge HOORAY!

    1. Yes girl – it’s the same thing! You’re so right – and I appreciate the support!

  18. Congrats!! I feel like we’re kindred spirits! My hubs is about to start his chief (and FINAL!) year of his Orthopedic Surgery residency in Indy and then we move to New Orleans (!!!) next year for his Sports Ortho Fellowship! Being a Dr Wife is tough at times but it’s always great to be able to commiserate with others who are going through the same thing and as always, keeping your eyes on the prize! San Fran is lucky to have you – it’s such an amazing city with so many great restaurants and shopping 🙂 Congrats to you and your hubs and best of luck! And if you ever need another Dr Wife to vent / chat with about anything (including Bravo shows, ie my lifeline :p) I’d love to chat!

    1. Oh WOW! Hats off to you, Cassie! Thank you so much for the support! And NOLA rules.

  19. I am thrilled for you and your husband after such a long journey. I can remember eating in Dallas with your Grandparents when your Father was doing the same thing as y’all are doing now. I know how proud Pa and AG would be of you all. Quite an accomplishment.

    1. Oh wow! Thank you so much for the sweetness. I think Grandy would be very pleased and Christian knows Grammy was so proud of him!

  20. Congrats to you both! As a medical student and fellow Mississippian and fellow fashion lover, I love to hear of y’all’s real life journey through medicine and residency and now fellowship!!

  21. Congrats to you both!!! I love following you and hearing about your journey! Makes me feel slightly more normal about my anxiety regarding where we will end up for my guy’s residency. We’re from Pittsburgh, but he’s in school in SoCal and he starts rotations next week. I hope we can stay in Cali forever. I’ve loved it so far!

  22. Congratulations to both of you!! What exciting news! I love how you both support each other, no matter what!

  23. Congrats!! My husband just finished general surgery residency in Boston and we are moving in July to Minneapolis for his fellowship! I love following you and totally understand the sacrifice we make for our husbands and all the dinners we have waiting for them!

  24. Awww you’re not – I’ll be on the internet so we can still insta story!! Trust, I’m not always patient and understanding, but I try!! Thank you for the sweetness!

  25. Congratulations and welcome to Northern California! I live in silicon valley and think you’ll love being in the Bay Area. SF is great but don’t forget to also explore shops and restaurants in Oakland, Marin County, and Half Moon Bay. HMB is my favorite place in the whole state and maybe even the country… well, except for Napa and Sonoma, of course! Cheers!

    1. I know there is so much to see in just a year! Hoping we will have time to cover it all. Thanks for the love!

  26. Normally on Snapchat we see y’all joking and it’s cute, but this post with you being so excited for him and then you swooning over your wedding pictures and gushing over him was so sweet I can’t get over it. Love.

    1. Aw what a sweet thing to say Sarah Beth! I usually try to keep it light but sometimes a little gushing is called for!

  27. You’re not an old lady!! Thank you always for the love and support. Honestly it means so much! xo

  28. C LOVED KC. We would have been so happy there too! But hey – you never know what will happen after fellowship!

  29. Aw what a sweet thing to say Amisha! And also, hats off to YOU for being a smart cookie yourself! Thank you for the recs!

  30. From everyone at The Everyday Gourmet we are so excited for you and Christian and especially love to see your table setting with your Juliska Berry and Thread dinner plate! And love to see a little Mississippi with the McCarty pottery!

    1. Aw yes we still love everything we picked out at The Everyday Gourmet! Thank you so much for the love and warm wishes xoxo

  31. Congratulations, Kathleen!!! As a Bay Area native I have to say I think you’ll love San Francisco 🙂 Hope i’m still living in the area when you move here hehe.

  32. Congratulations to Christian and to you, as well – what an incredible achievement!! And welcome to the SF community! I actually live right by UCSF – I’m in the Dogpatch, which I 100% recommend – but let me know if you’d like the DL on all of the neighborhoods in this general area, I have lots of thoughts 🙂 Think you’re going to love it up here in Northern California… if all else fails, Napa’s only an hour away, right?!

  33. Congrats, this is so exciting! I made the big move to SF a little over two years ago and even though finding housing is a nightmare, I was able to find a great place for my pup and I. Happy to offer up any advice or help you may need and have recommendations galore for food, drink, outdoor activities, shopping, etc. Welcome to the neighborhood and congrats again to C!

  34. You become my favorite blogger more and more every day!!! I love you and Christian and so excited for this new adventure- you are such a great wife and take it all with such grace! But seriously, your insta stories are the best, keep the entertainment up!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

    1. Aw Tess!! What a sweet sweet message! I am NOT always a great wife, but I appreciate our sweet words. Appreciate you! XO

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