Welcome Post

Welcome to Making Life Merry!

01.14.2019

Hi! I’m Tiffany and I wanted to take a quick moment to welcome you to Making Life Merry. You probably notice that this site is relatively new and I do hope you’ll stick around.

So how does a photo of me, skydiving, have anything to do with a welcome post?

Well, first let me tell you about my skydiving adventure and then it may make a little more sense. You see, I had always wanted to skydive. My boyfriend at the time (who is now my fiance) has gone skydiving many times and he wanted me to go with him. I was absolutely *terrified* at the thought of it…yet it had always been on my list of things I wanted to do in life but never built up the courage to do so.

The Plan

About three and half years ago I went to Las Vegas with Nick, my cousin, and one of their coworkers. We decided to go skydiving on my 25th birthday. What better way to ring in a quarter of a century than jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, eh?

We met the van in a McDonald’s parking lot on the Las Vegas strip (I swear it wasn’t shady…) and it picked us up to take us out to the skydiving facility, in Boulder City. We arrived at Skydive Las Vegas and I was getting super nervous at the thought of jumping out of an airplane. So much that I started to tear up.

I could see the headline. “Pennsylvania women dies while skydiving on 25th birthday.” I think it is normal to be overly dramatic when you are about to freefall from 15,000 feet, right?

Anyway, I knew that I would be pissed at myself if I didn’t follow through with it and jump. So, after an intro/safety course, we walked toward the plane. I was pumped and ready to do this thing!

Ready to Jump

The Jump

I then entered the tiniest plane I had ever been on.

My tandem partner (a super experienced skydiver, who was strapped to me) kept checking on me as the flight took off, as he could feel my right leg shaking (involuntarily) the entire flight up to 15,000. When I say involuntarily, I mean it. It was strange. But I was still all in and ready to do something awesome.

Once we reached the correct altitude, the plane doors opened. The strangest thing happened. All of the fear that I had completely melted away. My partner asked if I was okay because he felt my leg stop shaking. I nodded yes and said I was ready to jump.

We scooted our way to the door. Then I crossed my chest and… we left the plane! You can tell by the look on my face that I was having the time of my life!

Freefall

It was AMAZING. Free-fall is like no other sensation I have experienced. It just feels like you are floating and is really kind of surreal.

After a good 45 seconds of pure bliss and exhilaration, he pulled the chute. It was actually a jarring feeling and all of a sudden my fingers were super tingly. Now, I was able to just enjoy the scenery and the rest of the journey back down to solid earth.

So how does that relate to me welcoming you to the site? Creating this blog was much like my skydiving adventure. Something that I have really been wanting to do for years but never actually followed through with out of fear that I wouldn’t have enough time or be creative enough.

But what I have learned about fears is that you can’t let them stop us from doing something that may open up so many new possibilities. We must hold ourselves accountable because nothing happens if nothing happens.

There may be times in life where we make the jump and fail (hopefully not while skydiving…) but the experience alone from that leap of faith actually causes us to grow even more. What’s worse is if we do not take the opportunities and make the leaps…then look back a year or two down the road wondering “What if…?” 

So with that, I welcome you to another adventure as I share things ranging from savings tips to product reviews…and, of course, some posts about my cats.

Please feel free to comment as I want to hear from you, too!

-Tiffany

As a side note, I really do recommend Skydive Las Vegas for your first time skydiving! The views during the free-fall were incredible. You get to see Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and Red Rock Canyon to name a few awesome sights.

Not to mention all of the staff members were hilarious and made sure it was a memorable experience.

I also decided to opt for getting a video of my skydiving experience, which you can view below.

2 Comments

  • Des Maerz

    01.23.2019 at 11:04 pm

    I can’t believe you jumped out of a plane! I could never do that!!! But I agree, starting a blog is one of the hardest things I’ve done, and it’s forced me to push myself out of my limited norms! And that’s a good thing. I feel like I’m coming out of my shell, which probably feels safer than jumping out of a plane.

    1. Tiffany N

      01.24.2019 at 7:47 pm

      Yes, it was one of the craziest things I’ve ever done but also one of the coolest thing!!
      And yes, it certainly is a challenge but such a good feeling when you get to write about things you love!! 🙂

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