Monthly Archives: August 2012

My New Home

Moving to a new place is really intimidating for me.  I think a lot of people enjoy the opportunity for change, exciting adventures and a new life, but I have never been someone who dealt with change well.  As much as I loved Brooklyn, my first year in Brooklyn was tough.  As much as I loved college, my first semester was really tough.  As much as I loved my hometown, moving there was really tough.  Sensing a theme?

The exciting part about moving upstate is that I’m moving up here with Chris.  That means no matter what, I will have a friend, a support system, and comfort.  That makes moving a little more relaxed.  Also, although I don’t have a job, Chris does!  This makes unemployment and finances a little more bearable.  Not by much, but better than last time.

Part of my attempt to really embrace and enjoy my new home is to explore the nooks and crannies when I can.  Here are my five favorite parts about Rochester so far:

1. Genesse River Trailway – I’ve used this trail (which is about 1/4 mile from my house) to run and bike and enjoy the outdoors that I didn’t have as much access to in Brooklyn.

2. Our Apartment – it’s huge.  HUGE.  We have two full bedrooms, a kitchen we can actually cook in, and a seating area where we can hold dinner parties.

3. Access to Parks – there are some really great state parks, city parks, hiking, biking, and water near us.  I mean, we’re twenty minutes away from a Great Lake.  That’s pretty cool.

4. Cost – Stuff here is much cheaper!  Going out for eating and drinking, shopping, grocery shopping, general living – it’s cheaper!

5. Opportunity for a new style of life – city living was wonderful.  It was fun, it was exciting, there was always something going on.  But I admit it, I was getting tired of it.  Chris and I are ready to possibly move into a different stage of our life, not necessarily kids or anything…but maybe a puppy?


What do you love about where you live?  Have you found new opportunities or places to explore where you’ve lived for many years?

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Happy Birthday, Husband!

Today for the first time, I get to wish my husband a very happy birthday! Wishes to a wonderful man who I love, admire, and respect more and more each day.




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Blogging A New (And Better) Life

I started a blog a few years ago and mostly used it to focus on my wedding planning.  I still blog over there (not as regularly as I’d like) to finish up wedding recaps.  I’m mostly finishing them for myself as I find small details and memories of my wedding day slipping away.

My new blog is to focus entirely on myself, my life, and the new adventure I’m starting.  My husband and I just moved from Brooklyn, New York to upstate New York for his job.  For the first time in my life (other than college) I’ve moved somewhere where I don’t know anyone else (after college, I moved to NYC where many of my close friends were also moving).  Not only is it a struggle to make new friends for anyone at anytime, sometimes I worry as I get older, the harder it is to make friends.

Moving also meant having to leave behind a job I loved and fighting through unemployment again.  I was unemployed for a year and a half starting in 2010, and it was something I really struggled with.  Coming to a smaller community, I’m not quite as confident in my ability to get hired again.  Even with two years of experience under my belt, I’m still considered a total newbie in my field, which of course makes any employer hesitant to take you on.  I’ll be doing some volunteer work to get to know other professionals in my field and gain additional experience that my last job didn’t give me.

But other than complaining, I’ll also talk about any fun adventures Chris and I take, any delicious recipes I concoct, if I decide to actually do any crafting, and big or little thoughts I feel like sharing with the Internet.  I have plans to run a 5K in October, so I’ll keep you updated with my training, and of course, I’m always trying to lose weight!  So if that’s going well, I’ll share!

That’s my plan for Better Life Better Wife.  As I try to live the best life I can for myself, I also am the best wife I can be and make the best life I can for my family.  Here’s to the next adventure!