A WMSB Update


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?

I’m still rather consistent on instagram and have renewed my love of goodreads, so feel free to hang out with me there.

Miss you!

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    September 13, 2018 at 11:14 am

    What beautiful pictures! Glad to hear you’re living life to the fullest. As a former super commuter, I’m so glad you’ve found a solution. Congratulations on your marriage, new job and new home :)
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    Bailey from Becoming Bailey
    September 14, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Congratulations again on getting married!!! I will have to keep that Creative Writing course from Coursera in mind for the future. I have contemplated adding a Creative Writing minor to my second Bachelor’s that I’m working on but realized it would cost $3,000 for tuition for 4 classes. No thanks! Is J active-duty or guard/reserves? I’d love to hear more about how you’re balancing military life with your career– my career has certainly taken a nose-dive ever since Andy and I got married.

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    Geoff Dodd
    July 25, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Brittany, I’m just writing to say that you looked fabulously classy on your wedding day. Wow. The power of now. The present moment. Work : life balance. All of these things resonate with us; even though we are thousands of miles away in a small dairy farming town in the North Island of New Zealand. Thanks for writing Where My Soul Belongs…stainless and inspirational. GD.
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    February 12, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Congratulations on getting married!!
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