Monday, February 6, 2017

Life Currently..

Good grief. I can’t believe I haven’t touched this blog in almost 8 months. So much has changed that I almost don’t even know where to begin!

I guess I’ll start with the most important news – I’m engaged! That’s right, this girl is going to become a Mrs. in just under five months! So I guess with that being said, you can probably understand where all my extra time has been devoted. Planning a wedding is no easy feat, and it’s more and –- and yet somewhat less -- stressful than I ever imagined.

I’ll try to be a little more specific – the parts that I thought would be stressful, i.e. the actual booking of the vendors, selecting the china/catering/colors, etc.) really aren’t all that bad. In fact, that has been the easiest part of the process. I know exactly what I want, and I’ve worked really hard to stick to my guns and stay true to the image I have in my head of what my wedding day should look like.

On the other hand, the pieces that I assumed would fall into place naturally haven’t really done so in the way I imagined.

One thing they really don't tell you about wedding planning from the outset is that it's actually a pretty lonely process -- it's easy to get overwhelmed with the burden of it all, so it becomes really important to be able to reach out to those who are closest to you and ask for a little assistance. 

In related news, Will and I bought our first house! He was born and raised in Fayetteville, which is where he currently lives and works, so that’s where we decided to start our next chapter. That means I’ll be moving to Fayetteville from Raleigh after the wedding, in July. I’m hoping to keep the same job and work out a schedule where I commute in to the office three days a week and work from home the rest of the time. The drive is about an hour and a half without traffic, so a daily commute isn’t really in the cards. I’ve mentioned it to one of my bosses, and he seemed to be on board with it. At some point I’ll have to sit down with the managing partner and see what his reaction is. As for living in Fayetteville, it’s been a while since I lived in a small town, so there will definitely be an adjustment period.

I guess that brings me to my third piece of news – I’m no longer at the large firm I’d been working for. After three years of hard work and loyalty, I was told that I was being laid off because the firm no longer enough billable hours for me.  As luck would have it, being let go forced me to find a new job, and that new job in turn has made me a much happier person. This new firm is much smaller (only 10 attorneys) and is focused primarily on insurance defense work, which I’ve grown to love. There are still days where I find myself missing my old firm, or rather the people I worked with there, but I remind myself that I’m much better off where I am and that everything happens for a reason.

Alright, that’s the general overview of what I’ve been up to for the past 8 months. I’m still undecided as to whether or not I want to revive this blog, so I’m going to take some time to consider my options. Until then, hoping everyone out there is doing well!