I turn 34 tomorrow, on November 21st and I can’t believe how fast it’s snuck up on me. Once I started to think about my age along with what happened while I was 33, I became overwhelmed. 34 seems so…grown-up–so, mid-30s. Yes, I have kids, a home, etc, but there’s something about that pesky number that’s looming. A lot of things have happened while I was 33 that made me feel more grown up, too (slight trigger warning below):
- We went under a contract with a house we loved.
- We lost the house we loved when the sellers decided not to sell.
- We bought another house (the house we live in) and it’s now our home.
- We sold our condo in Wicker Park (I miss it).
- We moved to the suburbs – I mean that alone was the biggest culture shock of all (read why we did it here).
- I decided to leave my job of 6.5 years to pursue blog opportunities and to work on a passion project (that will hopefully be more of a full-time gig next year)! That was a VERY big change. I don’t think I fully realized how much of a change it was until a couple months in (read about my career change here).
- I decided to stay home with my kids two days a week during the transition, which was another huge departure from working 45+ hours a week in an office.
- We took the kids on their first international trip (the Bahamas, but still–they needed passports!). They had an amazing time.
- I took on several renovation projects (see painting and powder room remodel here); our house is currently under construction (master bathroom/bedroom) as we speak.
- I got pregnant.
- I had a miscarriage (last month) – it was pretty traumatic.
- I’m hosting my first ever Thanksgiving in our new home (and Christmas! But I’ll be 34 by then). And now with the holidays approaching, all I think is how I wish my dad could see our new home.
Quite the year – and I know that’s not even everything. Life is chaotic, beautiful, stressful, and goes by faster with every passing year. I’m grateful that you’re following along with me, whether you’ve been around for years or are just tuning in. Thank you for being here and cheers to a new year.