I recently renewed my domain for my blog in this month. I can’t believe it has been 3 years since I took the plunge to buy bridgesthroughlife.com. These last 3 years have been some of the most evolving for me and part of why I started my blog. I remember over Labor Day weekend 2014, I decided to take the plunge and purchase the domain and work on getting my blog set up. I had been at my new job for just a few months and I was accepted into a yoga teacher training program. I started the blog so I could blog through my training, but also to log bits and pieces of my life as I moved out into the real world on my own in my first apartment in a new city.
I knew I needed a change back in 2013 and in 2014, I was given an opportunity when I was laid off from my job. I set out to move to Philadelphia, even though I had never been there before. I booked a one way ticket to meet with recruiters and look at apartments and eventually met up with Brian to travel in NYC then met up with his parents to go to Virginia and DC before heading home to pack up my room and move.
Just a couple weeks later I was on the road and driving to Philadelphia myself. I split it up into 3 days, stopping in Michigan to see my friend and her new baby, then in Ohio to visit my Aunt and then finally to Philadelphia. That was the most driving I had ever done alone. I didn’t have a job yet, so I basically lived at the library around the corner and applied to jobs daily. Within a month, I signed on to a job in center city Philadelphia, walking and taking the train to work instead of driving. Everything was a completely new experience, but one that I enjoyed. I believe a fresh start every once in a while is a good thing.
My favorite part of living on my own was having my own kitchen. My own kitchen stuff and cooking and baking whatever I wanted. I think having a whole fridge to myself was also great! You can imagine I did lots of baking and cooking each week. I also had a corner of a bedroom for yoga and would practice at home a lot. It was great!
In October 2014, I started yoga training. The training didn’t only teach me more about the history of yoga, but also more about myself and my body. After just a few months of the training, I was getting worn down. I thought it would be fine to just do yoga, but I learned that my body needs weight lifting and variety. I pushed through though and am so grateful for my training.
I graduated in May 2015 and then had a weekend with Brian in NYC. I needed a weekend away and a little escape. Oh and I had also moved apartments at the end of March 2015 as well.
In 2016, Brian and I got engaged.
2016 was quite the year as my job became more demanding and I knew that seeing Brian 1 day a month was hard as well. I decided I should move to NY to be closer to him, but first, I wanted to take the time to travel. With little research, Brian and I purchased work and holiday visas for Australia and I gave notice at my job in November. I left plenty of time between leaving my job and leaving to travel. Though still, there was little planned but a one way ticket to Sydney after Christmas. I enjoyed catching up with friends at home and having Brian come to my family’s Christmas for the first time. Then we were off…not knowing when we would return.
December 28, 2016 we left the US and we would land in Sydney on December 30th. Throughout our travels, I tried my best to blog when I could and give suggestions on places to see throughout Australia and New Zealand (I have to work on a travel tab to showcase these posts). A total of 2.5 months in Australia and 3 weeks in New Zealand and it was the end. Brian had a job offer at home and truth was, we had spent a lot of money traveling and were at a good stopping point.
But I wasn’t done and decided to head to Europe on my own for 3 weeks. I was happy to meet up with family friends along the way though. While I can travel alone, traveling alone in a foreign country or multiple foreign countries can be quite challenging. Thankfully I can read French. Spanish, on the other hand, is tricky and I was glad to have a friend in Barcelona who could speak Spanish.
I finally returned back to the US towards the end of April, spending a couple weeks at home, getting readjusted to the time zone. I visited friends and drove to Iowa to visit my sister. Then I packed up my car again and headed to NY. This time I drove straight to Ohio to stay with my aunt and then made a pit stop in Buffalo to visit with people before heading to Binghamton.
Binghamton is still an adjustment. The small town where all these people are connected and here I am a transplant from Chicago. If you know me, you know I like big. Big high school, bigger college, big city, city life and opportunities. I enjoy living in the suburbs of a big city and Binghamton definitely isn’t that, but I am making it work. I found a lifting gym I love, a couple yoga studios and a dance class for Fall. I think as long as I am doing activities I love, I can be happy.
Add to my activities the fact that I found a job in 3 weeks. Believe me, I was starting to doubt myself a bit with all the rejection emails that came through first. Small town and not much to apply to, but after the interview with my company, I knew I loved the sound of the job and company. I love the people and environment and that is what really counts. I know eventually I will have more work to do daily. I was honestly more confident than ever about this recent job search, knowing I had so much experience to bring to the table. The rejection emails are still tough to receive, but I am glad this company has given me a chance. 2 months down and many more to go.
I may not have been the best at blogging consistently in 2014 or 2015, but I feel like I stepped up my game in 2016 with Yoga Workshop Fridays. I think more about what do people want to read and what can I help them with. Through traveling, I made travel guides of must see places and even after returning from traveling, I have posts about how to travel with your significant other and what to pack. Travel has become a big part of my life. I like to go to new places whenever I can. If you told me 10 years ago I would travel in Europe for 3 weeks solo, I would think you were crazy. Travel helped me to learn to go with the flow and learn to adjust to my surroundings. Perhaps that is one of the biggest things that has helped me with moving to new places and be OK with not having a set plan of what to do in the office each day. Before, I would freak out over no plan and now I think about, OK what can we do or how can I solve this issue that came up. It’s all about how we react to the situation.
I don’t really know where this post is going, other than to say, WOW. Look at all that I have accomplished over these last 3 years. I love having this place to log important times in my life and see how I have grown and changed. I love connecting with like minded people. This year was my first trip to Blogfest and Idea World and I see many more in the future.
Now that my domain is renewed, you can expect I will be sticking around here for a while. I love writing, taking photos and putting my thoughts out there.
Thank you so much for reading and following along.
Thanks Amanda for letting me think out loud.
How do you think you have changed in the last 3 years?