Hey guys! I wanted to check in.
I’ve shared some life updates, but have stayed pretty surface-y for the most part. And then I was thinking about how I always want to know more when I read blogs, so I figured, why not. Here’s what’s really going on…
I moved back to NYC, as you know, and — full disclosure — I’m living with my parents until I get my feet on the ground. My brother and his wife live across the street (literally like, 10 feet away), and it’s been so, so nice to finally join in on family dinners after all these years of being 5 hours away. I really cherish it. I also feel very lucky to have a place to stay — in (what feels like) the world’s most expensive city. Speaking of expensive, looking at apartments to rent completely freaks me out. It seems like my only option is living with 5 roommates and lots of cats, or having my own place the size of card table. I really, genuinely have no idea how I’m going to figure it all out.
As for my job, I’m currently working as a therapist assistant at a trauma-informed clinic for mothers and babies. It’s challenging and new and rewarding work; whenever I tell friends about it, they often say that it sounds like such a good fit, and I’m excited to be doing something that feels true to me and my interests. I’m actually thinking about going to graduate school for social work, and it thrills me as much as it scares me to begin planning (any advise would be GREATLY appreciated!). This is all so new, but I will definitely keep you updated on that.
What else — Kevin and I are good! Long distance is working for us in many ways — we can do our own thing, we can live out our annoying habits in peace, and when we get together, our hearts have had opportunity to grow fonder :). That isn’t to say that it’s smooth sailing all the time. Just ask him about the not-too-long-ago time I cried for 12 hours straight ;). And I miss him the most after work, when I wish I could go home, put my feet on his lap and tell him everything about my day. In the past year or so, I’ve been learning to let go of this idea that we should be madly and uncontrollably in love with each other at all times of the day and night. I honestly attribute this expectation to Instagram, and I think it’s harmful and not at all achievable. Has anyone else noticed how social media has shifted our expectations of relationships?
A few other things I’m thinking about: finances (saving, being better with my money, being responsible, thinking big picture, blah blah), and daily routines. I renewed my Headspace subscription (there are always promos going on — so keep an eye out!), and I have to say, their meditations are ON POINT. I’m trying really, really hard to create “white space” in my day to day, and I want you guys to hold me accountable.
One more thing: TRAVEL! I’m not the biggest fan, but I really want to try to fit in a few trips this year to places I’ve never been that feel manageably far away (i.e. travel plans for a wuss). Currently on my list: Charleston, Montreal, New Orleans. Would love recommendations, too!
I’d love to hear how you guys are doing, if you feel like sharing. Also would love to know if there are any real talk posts you’d like me to cover this year — I’m game to tackle any! Sending a big hug out there on this freezing winter weekend. Hope everyone is hanging in there. XOXO