Hi, Strangers. It’s been awhile, right? Sorry about that. Things got a little wild with wedding planning, starting a new job and learning how to ride public transportation. Not to mention moving, buying a house and selling a house. WHAT?!
Anyway, I miss you all. I wanted to pop in and give you an update 5.5 years in the making. This happened:
We kept our promise to each other to not put a single penny of this wedding on a credit card. It felt impossible, but it wasn’t, thanks to incredibly talented friends who made our taco bar happen without a ton of markup, talented vendors who could charge 10x more than they do (I’m looking at you, South Sound Weddings Photography!) but were somehow affordable and in our budget, etsy (cathedral veil at bridal store: $400, on etsy: $68 after tax and shipping), saying “no” to traditional things that didn’t matter to us, and good ol’ fashioned DIY.
I know it’s been almost a year since I posted here. The longer it took, the harder it felt to find something important enough to write. Sadly, this summer, we lost my Great-Grandma. She left us just in time to dance at my bachelorette party and our wedding from heaven.
My last post was a student loan repayment update. That balance is down to $103,000 and counting. It doesn’t feel like much, but then I remember we paid for a wedding in cash (over-budget, but I made a decision I’d rather spend money on the wedding and it was an intentional budget-adjustment), and then still managed to reduce the principal by $9,000, so I won’t be too hard on myself.
We also moved, cutting my commute in half, which was a huge relief. When I started my new job, it was 2.5 hours each way. It wasn’t bad, but it left no time to unwind and settle into engaged life. That + adjusting to a new role + wedding planning + working out sucked all of my creative and physical energy!
I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo in November and am taking a creative writing series at Coursera through Wesleyan. So I doubt I’ll post a ton here going forward, but it was nice to check in. How have you all been?