Almost two months ago Adam and I were in Tokyo. For the last 54 days, we’ve been adjusting to life back in the US and life back in a city where we both grew up. Here’s what’s been going on in my neck of the woods since we’ve been back:
Quality family time
The vast majority of our social time has been spent hanging out with family. I guess we’re catching up on those eight years that we were gone. It has been really nice to be able to hang out at a more relaxed pace. I’ve been used to those weekends when we travel home and try and fit in as many things as possible before a 10-hour car ride back to Charleston. Now it’s nice to be able to swing by my parents on a Tuesday morning for breakfast without feeling like we’re rushing to get out the door.
Enjoying some of Adam’s famous homemade pizza
Looking for a place to live
We’re currently living at Adam’s mom’s while looking for a more permanent residence. It has been beyond nice and convenient to be able to stay somewhere comfortable immediately after coming back from our trip. However, it’s not a permanent situation. As much as I love my current roommates, plus their dogs, we need to eventually find our own space. We’ve currently on the house buying route and if all goes according to plan, I’ll have some fun updates to share soon.
That one time we dressed up for a friend’s wedding
Rediscovering our hometown
The last time I lived full time in Cincinnati was right when I graduated high school. Cincinnati has changed immensely in those 13 (!!!) years. There are so many new restaurants, parks, breweries, shops, and bars to check out. Neighborhoods that I might not have visited during high school have become completely revitalized. I’ve loved seeing the downtown develop into a gathering place and really look forward to exploring new spots and rediscovering hidden gems.
Playing spectator at an FC Cincinnati game
Adjusting to a new work/life balance
In this new chapter, Adam and I are both working from home. Since we’re not in our permanent living situation yet, everything is fluid and changing. I’m slowly figuring out what “at home” or outside work location works best for me. I don’t know if that’s setting up a full office in our new place or finding a nice coffee shop to work from for a few hours every day. I’m also working on defining what my “business” hours are. Finding that balance between work time and leisure time is a new challenge since I’m freelancing and have started my own floral design business.
With my mom and brother after lunch at Findley Market
While there are a lot of adjustments happening, our day to day life has been pretty slow paced. I think it’s exactly what we needed after a wild trip and big move from Charleston. Cheers to new adventures!