Can you believe it’s been a year? I had no idea this lil space had been so neglected. Every now and then a lil blip would make me think back to this space and I’d tell myself “you need to write an update”. I’d write it down and then forget all about it, because life.
And now, here we are 365+ days later. So much has happened. So much has changed. So much is still going on and so much is to come. Where do I start? How can I begin recapping an entire year in one post? I tried to mention everything I would be here for another year, ha. So let’s make this quick and easy. I’ll recap the big and maybe summarize the small.
Where do we live now? P and I bought a townhouse in January after living under someone else’s roof much longer than anticipated. We can never repay their generosity, ever. After jobs failed to come to fruition as quickly as we expected [the next question to summarize] we began looking for a rental in November. Quite a few seemed like the perfect place to start our life here but each and everyone had something happen when we applied. By the end of the month things felt quite hopeless and on a whim we began looking into buying instead of renting. Family connected us with some great realtors and on our first look around town we found our first home. A two bedroom, 2 bath townhouse with a pool and just the right size front/backyard combo. The location can’t be beat and we have slowly started making it OUR home the past seven months.
Where do we work now? OH boy, the J-O-B, three of the most loaded letters out there at the moment. A little back story, before we moved both P and I did our homework when we picked Tennessee and found multiple upon multiple job posting that suited where we were coming from and where we wanted to go. Expectations were to be jobless for two months AT most, ha, yeah that didn’t really work out at all. I started working minimal part time as a BODYPUMP instructor and front desk associate at Gold’s gym in July and didn’t find a full-time job until NOVEMBER. P found a job similar to his old one, but it was commission only to start. He was much happier with his job than I was with mine because it put me in a position of extreme stress and I struggled daily with the ins and outs of the unknown. We both found different jobs in April of 2017 [he went back to work for his old company] and are both much happier with work life.
How are we settling in? I’m not going to lie, I personally still don’t feel fully settled. I won’t speak for P, but it’s still weird thinking of Knoxville as home. Yet, we are slowly putting down roots, finding our tribe, our church home, doctors, acupuncturists, favorite restaurants and outdoor activities. Life is different down here and we continue to look for new ways to settle in to our new state. We both have Tennessee licenses now so I guess that makes it official huh? This month began our true start of hiking and we LOVE all the opportunities so close to our house. We did a big 12+ mile hike last weekend and even though it was tough because we were super out of hiking shape it was so nice to drive 30 minutes and be on the trail.
What do we miss? Again, this is more ME than P because I’m the one writing, but I think some of our misses will be similar. I know we both miss the restaurants and lil Mom&Pop places to eat. Knoxville is very heavy on the big chain restaurants which we both don’t enjoy much at all. We both heavily miss our Pollo Rico chicken, so delicious and so cheap for dinner. I miss my family and friends so much, I still cry sometimes thinking about how long it’s been since I’ve seen everyone. I also miss the ease of life back in NOVA. I might not have loved my job but it was a good work life. I made great money, had tons of vacation and could take off on a whim as long as I got everything covered. Here, not so much. But, all in all things are good.
So there you have it, a quick lil ‘where are they now’ catch up. I’m hopeful to keep up this lil space more, for family and friends who still might read. Not sure how much P will make an appearance, but who knows. If you’re still reading peeps, are there any updates you want more on? Any questions to ask? Any thoughts you want us to share?
Hope you have a fabulous week!