So for all of the people who have been following my blog so far, you’re probably wondering where I’ve been for the past month! Let me tell you, it’s been a whirlwind, but for all of the best reasons.
At the beginning of December, I accepted a job in Salem, Massachusetts, and I have been busy finding an apartment, figuring out what I need to bring with me, and finally, preparing myself for my new job. New year, new state, and a new job. It’s been crazy, but I feel so incredibly blessed to be in the place that I’m in now.
It’s definitely been a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Since I graduated from college, I’ve been living with my parents, so this is my very first apartment on my own. Thankfully, my cousin and her husband live in Salem as well and I’m not totally alone, but it’s still a pretty big step for me. I’m now two hours away from my parents, my sister, and my dogs, and it’s been an adjustment.
Moving out on your own can be stressful just in general. Having to find a nice place before my job started in only a month made things even harder. I honestly felt a little clueless about where to start, and the newness of the situation was definitely overwhelming at times.
That being said, apartment hunting was exciting and in the end, I found a cute one-bedroom apartment in one of the best parts of Salem. Despite all of my worries and self-doubts, I’m actually in my own apartment with a job I think I’m going to love and I’m not totally failing.
Yes, I have felt homesick and missed being with my family, but I’m also starting to feel at home here in my new city. There have definitely been times when I felt like a country girl in the big city, but I’m finally getting used to the traffic (kind of) and figuring out my way around. It’s been snowy and cold lately, but I am so excited to be able to walk around soon when it gets warmer in the spring and summer.
And I didn’t even mention how excited I am for Salem in the fall and Halloween time! As many of you might know, Salem is most famous for its witch trials in the 1600s, when many people were killed for “practicing witchcraft.”
Since then, Salem has been a major tourist attraction during Halloween for obvious reasons, and I’m told it gets pretty crazy down here. And even more exciting, certain scenes from Hocus Pocus were filmed around town. I’m within walking distance to many of the locations from the movie, so I’m pretty excited to check that out as well!
So, the point of this post was just to update all of my readers on where I’ve been, and to thank you for sticking with me as I go through some major life changes. Being in Salem has given me so many good ideas for potential blog posts, so definitely stay tuned for that!
I also promise to be more consistent in my posts from now on. With all of the stress of moving and starting fresh here in Massachusetts, I haven’t had time to keep up with it all, but I have missed writing these posts every week. I’m going to make more of an effort to stay on schedule.
As I start to write weekly blog posts again, here’s a question for all of you: what are you most interested in seeing on here in the future? I’ve done a lot with health and fitness, which I’m still really passionate about, but all of these new experiences are giving me different ideas about where to go from here. Let me know what you think!