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Wowza! It has been a few weeks since I sat down to actually write a blog post (instead of sharing pre-scheduled ones.) Boy, does the time fly! We’ve been living in Iowa for 6 weeks now and we’ve both been working for 3 weeks. I thought I would share a quick update on what life has been like for the past few weeks, now that we’re getting in the groove of things.
We moved into our rental house!
I’ll share more in the future about our rental house and what we actually ended up picking, but to quickly summarize: We’re home! We moved our belongings on on the first Saturday of August (huge thank you to my mother-in-law for driving up to help) and have been unpacking ever since! Last Saturday we did some DIY projects around the house, and I feel like the upcoming weeks will be more of the same. At least I have an Engineer husband to execute the plans I make! 😉
We both went back to work.
Andy and I both started our new jobs at the end of July. With 3 weeks under our belts now, we’re getting into the groove at our jobs. I really like my job and my coworkers! It’s amazing how much different this move feels from my move to Fort Knox last year, now that I am being challenged professionally. I come home from work at the end of the day exhausted (in a good way) and mentally rejuvenated. I have never worked a full-time, professional position since Andy and I got married, so he hasn’t seen “this side of me” except for the Friday nights he came to Owensboro for the weekend while we were engaged, when I worked full-time in HR 🙂
We found a church home
Christian military families know one of the hardest parts of a PCS is finding a good church home. Thankfully, we didn’t have to look too long to find one! We stumbled upon a church we really like on our second week of church hunting. After looking at their belief statement online and listening to some previous sermons, we decided to give it a try! On our first Sunday there, they had a sermon that spoke about Judgment Day. Not in a fire-and-brimstone kind of way, but just plain Biblical truth, which is what we had been searching for. We’re not officially members yet (Andy has a “fear of commitment” in his words, hah!) but we did sign up to volunteer in their AWANAs program as well as their office (me) and church bus driving ministry (not me.)
I’m making friends!
Blogging is actually a popular hobby here in North Iowa, so I was excited to join the North Iowa Bloggers when I moved here. I went to my first blogger meet-up a few weeks ago and it was great! One of my fellow North Iowa bloggers, MacKenzie, actually suggested we visit her church, which is now our church home!
I’m going back to school!!!
My employer offers an amazing tuition reimbursement program and the minute I interviewed with them, I knew I would be taking advantage of it if I got the position. With many employers, you’re required to work X number of months or agree to work X number of months in the future to utilize the program (a drawback for military spouses), but that’s not the case with my employer. I have been wanting to go back to college for about 4 years now– literally, since before I met Andy– but haven’t been able to make it happen financially. I finally narrowed down my field of study to a BS in Business Administration since I wanted a broad but applicable degree and wanted the flexibility to work in multiple fields, such as Human Resources and Marketing or maybe even running my own business someday.
Andy and I had been planning for me to use his GI Bill at my alma mater, Murray State University, when Recruiting duty is up, so this just speeds along the process! I will be able to take some business pre-reqs (that I didn’t have previously) through the community college before entering MSU’s online program to complete the degree. Since I’ll be going back part-time, it will take me about 4 years to complete the 2-ish years of courses. I estimate I should be entering MSU’s program in the Spring 2019 semester, but don’t have an idea exactly when I will graduate since it’s dependent on if I will be working full-time and studying part-time, or just going to school full-time, once we leave Iowa in Summer 2020.
I had been planning on just taking 1 class this fall, but after speaking to advisors both here and at MSU, I decided to jump into 2 online classes: Business Communications and Introduction to Accounting. I think I’ll be fine in Business Comm, since I took a similar class in high school and communicating professionally is my daily life these days 😉 Accounting will be a struggle, I think, but I like personal finances so maybe there are some similarities I can draw on!
I’m stepping back from blogging a bit.
This was a tough decision for me to make, but one I felt strongly on my heart. As much as I had invested in this space as a “business” (hah!) and made a small amount of money from it last year, I feel like this year is different. I feel like God is intentionally calling me away from blogging-as-a-business and to focus more on other things in my life, like working, college classes, and making new friends/volunteering with church. I’ll still write posts I’m passionate about, but instead of seeking money first, it will be me first. Less is more, so I will plan on posting just 2x a week– most likely Tuesdays and Thursdays, although that schedule isn’t 100% set in stone. I can’t promise that I’ll never write another sponsored post, because I might, but it will have to be one that really fits my blog; I don’t plan on actively seeking out sponsorships like I did last year. This place on the web-space might not be pretty and perfect, but it’s still mine. I’m still going to be around, but not quite as often as I was before.
What’s up in your life lately?