Back in the US of A

August 18, 2016

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.┬áCincinnati 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┬álot 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!

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  • Reply Nadine August 19, 2016 at 11:05 am

    So awesome that you are so close to family again!!! Best wishes with the home buying experience! I know sometimes it can be daunting, but it is so worth it in the end. I love that dress you wore to the wedding!!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders August 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I know that the thing that I would miss the most if I moved was seeing family all the time, so I’m glad that you’re soaking up all the family time you can! Good luck with the house hunting! It’s a little stressful, but totally worth it in the end!

  • Reply Meghan @ I'm Fixin' To August 19, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    So excited for y’all! I’m so glad y’all are rediscovering your hometown! Good luck with buying a home. xx, I’m Fixin’ To

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