A year ago I graduated, packed up my life, and moved 500 miles away to Kansas City for a person I was in love with. A year before that, I would have never guessed my life would have brought me there. And now I can safely say that a year ago I would never have guessed where my life would be now.
But isn’t that how life usually works? Things go in the exact opposite direction of what you’d expect, and in the midst of anything mundane, life throws a surprise curve ball in your face (is that how I do a sports reference?). Life has a habit of throwing surprises around whether you’re ready for them or not. And in the end, the best way to deal with them is by facing them head on.
I’ve been waiting a few weeks debating on how I was going to write this blog post. What do I share? How do I put it out there? How much is too much? Too little? What about my life do people really want to read? By the end of this article, hopefully I’ve answered that for myself.
I had a dream. One that, for some reason, didn’t dissipate in the morning. It was about two people caught in a single moment. But rather than letting that dream drift back into my subconscious after waking up, I decided to write a story about those two people. I knew nothing about them, yet I had to know their story. So I wrote it.
I couldn’t stop pacing. It’s like my feet had to be moving as fast as my head was racing, my book left unattended on the stool next to my lounge chair.
I couldn’t get over the way I had felt last night. When Darren looked at me, it was like he was looking right into me. My heart stopped in my chest in a way it hadn’t before. We were suspended in this moment—a look—that made me feel like everything around us had stopped and we were the only ones left on this ship, apart from the stars shining above us and the salty sea surrounding us.
It was a moment so real, I thought for a second he was about to kiss me.
Hey friends, family, and fellow cat lovers. Spring as sprung here in Kansas City, and we’ve been bombarded with an influx of rainy, wet weather and overcast skies. I can’t complain, honestly it reminds me of London. Oh how I miss those cloudy days by the River Thames. But now that KC is home, the overcast skies of Kansas come in a close second.
As for life, I recently celebrated my 23rd Birthday! It was terrific. I grabbed brunch with a couple girlfriends (we enjoyed bottomless Belini’s and they were to die for. If you’re in KC, check out Avenues Bistro in Brookside because their brunch was fab!) and then Marcus took me out for sushi in the evening. Here’s a cute pic of us from before dinner for you to enjoy. I basically had to force him to take a photo with me, the boy hates taking pictures more than pretty much anything else.
Life has been flying. Last I checked it was October, and now we’re a month into 2017. What a whirlwind that has been.
Beyond the speed of passing time, not much has changed in my little corner of Kansas City. I still adore living on my own in my little apartment. I purchased a new/used car—a 2014 Nissan Altima, a nice upgrade from the 2002 Buick LeSabre I was driving (Thanks Nana and Papa)—it has me speeding a little bit faster, but don’t tell my cop boyfriend ;). I actually bought it the day after the election. It was horrific.
Life is chaos.
Excuse me for being dramatic, but things have been crazy. There’s no better way to put it. It’s been a couple months since my last update, so I thought it was about time I checked in with the craziness Kansas City has brought me.
Working my big-girl job as a copywriter has been great. I have some of the best coworkers who make coming to work an absolute joy. Whenever our videographer brings in his baby Mars I pretty much die. I mean, look how cute he is. One of these days I just might steal him.
Living alone has by far been the best thing I’ve ever done for my sanity and mental health, and I am in love with my new apartment. It’s a one-bedroom, two-floor, cozy-nook of a home and I can’t wait to show it to you.
I’ve been settled for almost two months now, so things have finally started to come together. I don’t have all my photos up yet, but my walls are no longer bare (thank goodness). My friends and family have been begging me for photos ever since I moved in, and I’ve finally gotten around to it. I have to admit I went a little crazy and took more photos than necessary, but it’s all in good fun.
So without further ado, I’d like to take you on a tour of my new home.
Life has a funny way of falling perfectly into place.
It is the end of August and with fall right around the corner it couldn’t be more timely for my life to have a fresh, new chapter. Next week I will be starting at a new job, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. You heard me right: A new job. Where I’m writing. How perfect is that?
After three rounds of interviews, two writing assignments, and one phone call with an offer, I am officially the Copywriter/Editor for Catalyst Marketing in Kansas City. My first big-girl job out of college—EEEE!!! My first day is on Tuesday, after Labor Day, and until then I know I’ll be feeling a mix of nerves, excitement, determination, and anticipation.