So, what’s next?

That seems to be the most common question I get asked these days, and it’s valid. The answer is, I don’t really know. A lot of stuff gets pushed to the back burner when you’re wedding planning, so the first order of business is a triage of sorts. Just determining what needs to be attended to after being ignored for 17 months.

I cut my hair off which felt significant. Wifely.

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I’ll get confirmed after a year of preparation this weekend, and I’m ready to grow in my faith. It’s been such a meaningful, life-changing journey, and it’s really just the beginning.

Our house needs attention since we’ve been funneling all our money towards the wedding for some time now. We recaulked the bathtub and set up a home office, but we’re also saving and planning for bigger improvements like a patio and some insulation.

I came back to work to learn that my manager (mentor and friend) was moving on to new opportunities. She didn’t want to tell me before the wedding, so I only had a couple weeks with her once I returned. That threw my job into a state of flux, but it ended up working out as I got offered a new role. I’m still in the same group at the same company, but I’m now in IT which I expect will be challenging and exciting. There’s a certification exam for this new position in December, so I’ll be studying once again.

I’m tossing around the idea of going back to school for my masters, but it’s all up in the air at this point. I’d like to start in the spring of next year if I can get all my ducks in a row.

And as everyone always really wants to know, babies are (God-willing) on the (semi-distant) horizon.

All these changes and long term plans made me do a crazy thing.

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Guess which one I registered for? Yep. The marathon. I registered for my first marathon, and I’m not at all sure I’m ready. My body is still falling apart, and I’m still daunted by the distance. Chris is less than thrilled for my return to weekends of stress and soreness, but we all knew this was coming. It’s been a major goal of mine since my first 5k. If I do to back to school, I think work plus night classes plus long runs on the weekend would have been tough, so I figured it’s now or years from now. Now seemed better.

My plan has started. Things are happening. Big things. Let’s do this!

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