A week ago today was my 28th birthday. Another year to celebrate being alive, healthy, and to think about the adventures to come. Today is also the anniversary of when my man asked me to be his girlfriend. I’ll bet when he did that 3 years ago he didn’t realize he was signing up for life! He has added SO much adventure to my life, especially in the last year. This next year will be even more of an adventure. I thought this would be a good opportunity to sit and write a little life update post, as my 28th year on this Earth seems like it’s going to be nothing short of a completely chaotic one.
Mister got a job (thank the Lord!) and a really good one, at that. I’m not going to mention what company he works for because, despite my being a blogger and posting pretty much everything, he likes some things to remain private. Fair, right? Anyway, this awesome job is going to move us back to Chicago! This is great news for me since the job will require my husband to be traveling every single week, leaving me alone much of the work week. I told him that it would be preferred for me to be by my family, friends, and theater community if he was going to take a job like that, and he made it happen. I’m so lucky that man loves me and takes such good care of me 🙂
With a job secured we now have the freedom to go and do something Mister has always wanted to do, which is study abroad. That being said, 2015 will be starting off with a bang as we hop on a plane January 1 on a flight to Tokyo, Japan, where we will be living for 2.5 months. Erik will be taking business classes at the university right outside the city by day, and by night we will be exploring the Japanese culture, eating sushi that supposedly tastes better than we could ever imagine, and hopefully learning a lot. We know nothing about the culture, the language, or anything, so this is a total shot in the dark. I’m incredibly nervous about doing something as crazy as living in a different country for awhile (I much prefer the “safety” of routine, home, and what I know), but I know it will help us each grow as a person and help us grow as a couple.
The chaos that surrounds this is more stressful (maybe) than the trip itself. We decided to cancel our lease to our apartment so we wouldn’t be paying rent while we are gone, so we are moving out before we go to Chicago for Christmas break (and where we will be heading to Tokyo from) which means our entire life needs to be packed up in less than a month. That part doesn’t seem so bad. The part that’s crazy is we have to divide things up into 3 parts.
- Things coming to Japan
- Things staying in Chapel Hill
- Things going in the POD for storage, which won’t be seen again until July
Thankfully, we have amazing friends who offered to have us as roommates for the remaining two months of the school year upon our return to the country, so we have to figure out what clothes and things we might not need in japan, but will likely need before the school year is out. Packing for Japan is going to be interesting, because I know finding clothing for curvy women is hard in Japan. I might be smaller, but fashion is not built for women with boobs and hips over there, so I need to figure out how to pack all that I need and somehow stay under the weight limit. Traveling stresses me out enough as is..
THEN we take the majority of our stuff..furniture, some clothes, books, music, etc, and we are putting them in a Pod that will be stored somewhere in Chicagoland until we need it, which won’t be until we officially move to Chicago..which won’t be until sometime around July! Does this sound crazy yet?
When we return to the US in mid-March, we will be staying in Chapel Hill for the final module of the school year and then I get to be the proud wife that attends her husbands graduation. Once that happens in mid-May, we will do some sort of combination of actually securing an apartment in Chicago, and mooching off of family and friends until we move in (you know you want us to chill in Florida for awhile, my lovely in-laws :-)). THEN we move to Chicago!!
What does this mean for me?
It means that I am done working at the music school at Christmas break and that I will be able to focus my time on the blog and hopefully start turning it into all that I’d love for it to be. I will also have more time to focus on me. Getting my mind and body back on track for greatness is something I have been desperately needing, but severely lacking in time and motivation. Japan will be time for adventure, blogging, vlogging (do you guys want Tokyo vlogs to go up on my channel?? Let me know!), and discoveries. Mod 4 it will be me, and getting my butt in the gym, and just getting focused on what is coming next, which is ultimately what I’ve been anxious to get to.
When we move to Chicago, I get to be a blogger and housewife full time, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Having my amazing, hardworking husband to care for, getting a little puppy to be my baby, and keeping house, doing more cooking, and hopefully getting back on stage. For many, I know that it seems silly, but I simply can’t wait to be a housewife. And no, there are no plans for children in the future..hence the fur baby.
So, chaos, excitement, adventure, and everything in between pretty much sums up what my 28th year will look like. I’m already stressed about it, but thankfully I have an amazing husband at my side, a supportive family (on both sides!), and a timetable to keep me clam, steady, and going in the right direction. God has been so good to me, and his plan for us is proving to be quite the adventure. As long as we continue to trust Him and have faith, I know everything will work out fine. 🙂