I know it’s already 2014 and all, but I still want to talk about 2013 because it was an amazing whirlwind of a year and I’m not sure how 2014 will measure up.
I started out the year as a newly engaged woman who was trying to plan a wedding and sell her first home as a real estate agent. All the while, we were packing up our San Francisco apartment for a transatlantic move to Switzerland for my fiancé’s job. Jon left for Switzerland at the end of February and I continued wedding planning and working. I joined him at the end of March and was immediately thrown into a ‘real’ winter. This California girl was not prepared.
The first couple of weeks in Zurich were new and exciting, but slowly the reality of being jobless in a foreign land with no friends started to sink in. I can’t sit still for too long, so soon enough I had a babysitting job, a regular yoga studio, and a women’s club. Though I had a somewhat busy schedule, I was a bit lost in trying to find my purpose. I can’t say that I’m totally adjusted to life as a hausfrau with no children to tend to, but I can say I’m making the most of the free time I have by doing things I enjoy. I always love a new adventure but the move meant we had to step out of our comfort zone and hop on a roller coaster. We decided not to scream (for the most part) and just enjoy the ride.
We travelled. There is not much like being able to hop on a train after work on Friday to end up in Paris right in time for dinner. Or joining your aunt in Portugal for a weeklong yoga retreat. Or having all your best friends visit your new home and then train to Croatia for a beach vacation. Or meeting your in-laws in a tiny German town on the Rhine River instead of the usual meeting spot in Albany, California. Or drinking beer at the real Oktoberfest. Or ending the year in Costa Rica with sixteen members of the Dunn family.
I sold my first home. When people ask me about my former career, I feel like I can officially say I was a real estate agent after selling my first home. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my brother and dad, who finished the sale after I had moved, but I’m still proud to have one sale under my belt before putting my career on hold for a few years.
We tied the knot. We had a big celebration this summer at my family lake cabin in Loon Lake, Washington. Our wedding weekend was simply wonderful. To have all the people we love in the place I love most was truly special. Not to mention all the fun activities that went along with a wedding like the shower, bachelor/ette parties, and dress shopping. I can’t say that I was hoping for rain on our wedding day, but it was pretty magical when it stopped fifteen minutes before our outdoor ceremony.
We bought a home. One might think it’s kind of crazy to buy your first home and not live in it, but we’re thinking of it as a great investment in our future. We bought while interest rates were low and have a place to move back when we return! Not to mention, it has great memories as it was my brother’s first home.
We adjusted to life in a new city. It took more than the couple months I thought it would, but we finally feel settled in our new home. We have a comfortable apartment, friends, routines, favorite restaurants, and are even learning the most beautiful Deutsch language (watch this video and you will get what I mean).
2014, you have a lot to live up to.