Life Update: January 2023

Hello everyone!

I am happy to say that after almost a year without posting anything, I am ready to get back into regular blog posts. It’s been a busy year, so I thought I’d start out with a little life update. Especially for readers that don’t know me personally, I hope this post gives you a little glimpse into who I am.

2022 was a year of many changes for me, but the biggest and most important is that on September 23, I got married! My husband, Matt, and I got engaged at the end of 2021 and spent most of this year planning our wedding. It was crazy busy but also super fun, and I’m naturally a planner, so I enjoyed it. But I’m loving all of the free time that I have now that it’s over. Our wedding day was perfect, and we were able to take a week-long honeymoon to northern Michigan right afterwards. We had an amazing time visiting Mackinac Island, Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls, and more. So you can look out for some posts on wedding planning tips as well as navigating dating, engagement, and marriage soon 🙂

In April of 2022, five months before the wedding, I made another major change and started a new job. I had been at my previous job (a lab tech in a medical lab) for almost three years. I wasn’t learning anything anymore, and on top of that, changes in management meant that there would be no path upward in that company anytime soon. So I decided to add job searching to my already busy life of wedding planning. To my surprise, within a week of starting to look, I had accepted an offer! (Praise God!) I started my new job at the beginning of April, and I’m loving it so far. I now work for a medical clinic in Grand Rapids that started up their own lab, similar to the one I worked in before. When I got there, it was an empty room; I got to help them get started, design the processes and workflows (which was super exciting for the engineer in me), and then become the supervisor when it was all set up. We’ve been running for about six months now, which is awesome. 

With our new marriage also came a move to a new city and a new apartment. I’m from Holland, Michigan, which is where I’d been living up until now. But Holland was a 45 minute commute to my job and Matt’s, so we decided to move closer to where we work. I was able to move in about six weeks before the wedding, which made it easier once we got married and Matt moved in. We’re all settled now and getting used to our routine as newlyweds.

To say it’s been an eventful year would be an understatement– new marriage, new job, new apartment, new car, and new name (I finally got that legally changed a couple weeks ago) all in the span of six months– but it has been an amazing year. I am so looking forward to a slower season with (hopefully) no big changes for a while. I can’t wait to return to writing and connecting with you all; it’s been a dream of mine for a long time to write and share what I’m learning about life, and also to write and share music. I hope to make 2023 the year I start to see that dream come to life!

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