Holy shit, guys. Summer is already coming to a close and fall will be moving on in before we know it. Where did the time go? I can only count the times I laid by the pool on one hand. What the actual junk.
These past two months have been a whirlwind personally, socially, and career-wise. I don't even know where to begin... Well, maybe I do.
I moved into my new apartment a little over a week ago and I'm obsessed. Thank goodness too because the first time I saw it was when the day I moved into.
I know. I'm crazy for not going to look at an apartment before signing a lease. To be fair, these pictures I'm sharing are the ones the leasing agent sent me when I first inquired about renting. So, I guess I did see my apartment before I moved in, but you never really know when you live in a college town. The apartment may seem big and gorgeous in pictures, and you show up to a shoe box that hasn't seen an update in about a decade.
Honestly, look at this kitchen. These pictures don't even do it justice. It's huuuuuuuuuge for an apartment. (That island will be the future home of so many recipe posts.)
When I walked in for the first time, I literally said, "Holy shit." I was just in shock of how beautiful the apartment was in person. I actually am really excited to decorate. The last ladypartment was a great price and a lot of space, but it was really run down and not something I was proud to share with people. I didn't invest any money or time decorating it. I was green with jealousy for the past year looking at so many gorgeous home tours and thinking I would never find a place that met my interior design desires in College Station.
Let's take a moment and stare at this awesome bathroom. It's so big in person and that counter is a life saver. (I've become quite the product-junky lately.)
I really think it's fate I came across this apartment.
This past spring I planned on moving in with my boyfriend again, buying a house together, and transitioning into that 'housewife' life. I subleased my old apartment and moved in with him for about a month. We quickly realized that we definitely were not ready for this next step. If there's anything I've learned from my past, it's to listen to my gut when something doesn't feel right.
Don't get me wrong - we are very compatible roommates. We realized that I'm not ready to be settled down and neither is he. Sometimes, it's hard when everyone expects you to jump ahead two steps at a time when you're dating someone. To be honest, it's partly our fault for not setting everyone's expectations from the beginning and we really hate disappointing people. But I would rather be the couple who takes one step back to catch our balance than tumble down the stairs from jumping forward before we're ready.
So, I found myself in a little conundrum because I had already given up my apartment and almost every decent apartment in the Bryan/College Station is leased before May. I called around and around and no luck anywhere until I called my apartment's sister property. Their property is gorgeous too, but they were fully leased. Luckily, they told me to call my apartment because it was just being built and they had apartments available in July.
Like I said, it was fate.
Now, I have a fitness room and workout every morning and afternoon. I have a kitchen I can cook good food in, a living room I can actually entertain people in, guest parking so those people can park without getting towed (legitimate concern at my last place), and a huuuuuuuuge closet so I can actually see my clothes to wear something besides norts and a big t-shirt everyday. I know these seem like dumb, superficial things to be thankful for, but I am actually living the exact life I've been wanting to live for several years now.
I've been incredibly happy too since I've moved in. I've taken on so much more at work and socially. Last year, I would have worked a 20 hour week and binge-watched Grey's all afternoon to avoid hanging out with friends. (Yeah, I was pretty lame. I'll admit it.)
Moral of this long drawn out story: Always do what's best for you. Life is ten times better when you stick to your gut and invest in yourself.
In other news, Bryan/College Station officially has a blogger network! If you or someone you know is a local blogger, message us on Facebook to join. The only requirements are you have to have a blog (duh), live in Bryan/College Station or the surrounding areas, and member's blogs must fall into the categories Eat, DIY/How-To, Beauty, Learn, & Events. If you want more information, please feel free to contact me.