If you’ve been following along with me on Twitter then you know I’ve been tossing around blog post ideas for the last few weeks. With the move and the absolute need for flexibility, those posts were sent to the back burner. Today, I’m easing back into blogging in a new environment with my first in-a-long-time life update post and my first-ever goal-sharing post. My lovely friend Kayla from Kayla Blogs said it best – “Really excited that more of my blogger friends have been doing this same thing and sharing more about what’s going on in their lives. I’m super nosy so I’m happy to read all the deetz.” I hope you’ll agree 🙂
The photos I share in these posts won’t always be the most Instagram worthy or have the best spatial layouts – why? Because that’s real life. Welcome to the first Life Lately post and feel free to share your August goals in the comments!
For months, Tuck and I have been talking about our move to Nashville. Oddly enough, the most difficult part was picking a damn place to live. Yes, some of the buildings we wanted to live in didn’t have occupancies but we were FAR from being out of options. On top of that stress, I was (and still am) looking for a job. One day when Tuck came home from work, I burst into tears and cry-yelled that we just had to pick a place. So we did. That is where we moved into this past weekend.
I have absolutely loved getting to know our new complex, the people and exploring the town to find our closest grocery store. I am so relieved to finally be in our new city and really make our apartment our home. This is the first place Tuck and I have lived that didn’t come furnished. We’ve been spoiled these last three years living in a college town where 95% of apartments come furnished. We are so thankful to have furniture from Tucker’s grandmother that his family said we could have completely free. It’s an absolute bonus that this furniture is well-made, nearly brand new in condition and fits like a glove in our new space. The actual amount of furniture we will need to buy is absolutely minimal and can wait long enough for us to pick out the perfect piece and save up for it.
My favorite part about our new place is actually a tie between two fabulous features: in-unit washer/dryer and kitchen storage. If you’ve ever had the absolute pleasure of relying on a laundromat, communal laundry facilities or some combination of the two, you know just how annoying laundry seems especially if snow is ever involved. In-unit washer/dryer was absolutely essential for us when looking for our new home. I can’t even begin to tell you how much we’ve both enjoyed having this feature and it’s only been one week. Same goes for the amount of storage we have in the kitchen. I’ve said this before in earlier posts: the kitchen is my happy place. I love clean surfaces because they give me extra room for ingredients when prepping for a recipe. One of the very first things I told Tucker about our new place is how there was so much storage in the kitchen, I didn’t know what to do with it.
The Job Hunt
I’m trying to refrain from feeling discouraged. The part of this process that frustrates me the most is when companies don’t inform you of their decision. There are positions I applied for months back that I’m still waiting to hear back from. Granted, I’m taking their silence as the lazy way to say ‘we’re going to pass.’ I would much prefer being blatantly told ‘no thank you’ than being left out in you’ll-never-know-how-we-felt-about-your-application purgatory.
That being said, I have been repeating one phrase to myself over and over again that has helped keep my head above the water.
I cannot control the actions of others. I can only control myself.
I repeat this to myself whenever I’m starting to feel discouraged to remind myself that after I submit my application, I’ve done my part. I cannot control the behavior of other people or organizations so that it serves me best. Since I can’t control the behavior of others, I can’t worry about it. There are more important uses of my energy and time than to worry about if I will hear back from an organization. All I can do is continue to move forward.
As profound as that sounds, trust me I’m really proud of myself for it, real life costs real money. I am so thankful that my parents always stressed how important it is to save your money. I’ve always been relatively frugal, but until college I hadn’t consciously saved just to save. I opened up a savings account and with every pay check I made sure to put money away. Within one year, I had saved $1000. As Tuck and I moved to different apartments, it made more sense for me to have a designated account just for rent and utilities. That $1000 served as my emergency rent and utilities money. I’m thankful I had some foresight and continued to save past that $1000 because that is the money I am comfortably living off right now.
While I’ve been continuing my search for my first job post-grad, I’ve begun to freelance. I’ve had a few clients already and have really enjoyed the variety it has given me. I’m currently freelancing on UpWork and find their platform and payment system pretty intuitive and streamlined. If you are looking for freelance writers or know of someone who is, shoot me an email at email@example.com and we can chat 🙂
I do have a running to do list for this blog and I’m excited to start cracking away at it. Here are some things that you can expect to see in the next few months:
- A ‘Shop’ tab – I took a poll on Twitter to see if this would be something y’all would be interested in and I received an overwhelming ‘yes’ as a response. I’m not one to recommend things I don’t use so expect to see favorite beauty products and kitchen gadgets. I’m also going to include a section for things that are on my radar. This will will include a wider assortment of items from beauty products to desks that we’re looking at for the apartment.
- Blogging every day in October – I have been planning this for months. Fall is my favorite time of the year – football is back, sweaters are appropriate attire and I can eat soup every day. If you have any recipe suggestions or ideas for other posts, I’d love to hear them
The Rest of Life
If you’ve been keeping up with the blog for a while, then you may remember my puppy-friend, Jace. I am pleased to inform you that Mr. Jacey Cooper is back with us and he is here to stay. It was the single most important factor I considered when apartment hunting. He loves the new place because it gives him ample room to chase his ball – you know, the important things.
I’ve been working out consistently since we’ve moved. Our new complex has a fitness center so I’m trying to get the most out of what we’re paying for. That being said, it’s been a while since I’ve been in a gym. So far, I’ve been warming up with about 15 minutes of cardio and then doing some abs and arms or legs. I reached out the fitness guru Abigail behind Living The Gray Life blog and she gave me some great insights. If you have any favorite workouts and/or tips for running, I’d love to hear them. I’m currently training for a 5k at the beginning of September that benefits the Nashville Humane Society and would love some running tips. (P.S. If you’re in the Nashville area and interested in running this 5k along with me, I’d love to connect!)
Congratulations on making it to this part of the post – I know this one is a doozy. Here are my August Goals:
- Set budget for the next 6 months – Now that all of the initial buying of groceries and toilet paper is out of the way, I should have an easier go at determining my budget for the next six months. Would you be interested in seeing a post about how to set a budget?
- Post twice a week – Now that we’re nice and settled in our new Nashville abode, I have no excuse to slack on my posting schedule. For right now, I will focus on getting posts up twice a week, not day-specific. I eventually will get back to posting on particular days – one thing at a time.
- Attend 3 more socializing events – Earlier this week on Twitter, I shared how I attended a happy hour event by myself. I was terrified and wanted to throw up the whole way there, but came away with a few new friends and a new sense of self-confidence. I’m excited to attend more of those happy hours and other events that pop up.
Thank you all for reading this post, I know it was a long one. If you have any questions for me regarding my move, Nashville in general or something else, please do not hesitate to ask! You can reach out via commenting on this post, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or shoot me an old-fashioned email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!
What’s new with you? What do you hope to accomplish in August?