I simply cannot believe that we’ve been in our place in Cuyahoga Falls for over a month now. We’ve explored new areas, met new people, started new jobs and time has absolutely flown by. I think that the craziness of last month’s move has calmed quite a bit and the dust has settled.
Even with the dust settling, I want to keep folks in the loop of my thoughts and what is happening our way. I’ll try to write as often as I remember to and I hope it’ll allow us to keep the conversation going.
Here are the latest updates on our end:
- The new Lagree fitness studio that Kortney will be a part of opens up this month! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Alter’d Core (I say that as I eat a giant bowl of spaghetti).
- I’m a couple of weeks in at Christ Community Chapel and I’m officially their Content Writer, so if you see any misspelled words or misuse of the oxford comma… don’t blame me, it just means I haven’t taken a look at it yet.
- This month Kortney and I celebrate nine years of being married! That’s absolutely nuts. We will accept Starbucks gift cards and/or handwritten letters as gifts, thank you (kidding! but seriously…).
- I’m three months out from running in another marathon. Late October we’ll be in Columbus and I’ll be trying to survive the Columbus Marathon. I’m feeling ambitious and thinking of trying my hand at the Boston Qualifying time of 3:04. Any advice for me?
- The picture above is from the Hall of Fame Festival Balloon Classic. We had a lot of fun there with a few of our friends.
- We just watched the movie The Gift (it’s on Netflix). If you want an insanely intense, somewhat creepy movie that Kortney would not recommend to you, I say you give it a try.
So, June, 2018 was absolutely crazy. What started as an invitation for Kortney to join the ranks at a new fitness studio, quickly turned into both her and I changing jobs, selling our house, and moving north a bit. Read on to learn more about the move…
It all started when a friend asked Kortney about being a part of a new Lagree studio opening in Hudson, Ohio, Alter’d Core. If you don’t know anything at all about Lagree and you’re into group fitness classes — think of Orange Theory Fitness, Pure Barre, or even your local yoga and pilate classes — I highly encourage you to check it out! I’ve been taking classes and I really enjoy it. Even with the long commute from Canton area up to Hudson, Kortney and I decided we’d give it a shot for her to be at Alter’d Core given her love for holistic fitness and for Lagree in particular. Then things got interesting.
Our moving truck broke down a few times but turning an hour move into a six hour move just makes the story that much better, right?
Within the week we decided that Lagree is a go, I got a text from a friend asking if we’d consider selling our house. I went to church a few years back with this friend and he remembered that in passing I once said we’d consider selling our house. The text turned into a phone call. “It’s just what I think my in laws are looking for,” he said before asking if they could swing by and take a look. Next thing we knew, we were looking for a new home halfway between Hudson and North Canton so that I could stay working at Sanctuary Marketing Group. We found our new place to live and started walking through the process of selling our home. This was all happening so fast!
It wasn’t long after we decided Cuyahoga Falls would be our new home that another nudge came our way. My buddy Lukas messaged me, “Since you’re up this way, you should know my church Christ Community Chapel is looking for help with content writing. They have part-time position that they’re looking to fill.” The text led to an introduction, to a couple interviews, and then ultimately to a job offer – a full-time offer on the Communications team.
With my background in Biblical Studies from Malone University and Wheaton College coupled with my experience in marketing at the agency level – not to mention the way in which these pieces fell together in a matter of weeks – I knew that this was “just meant to be” (a saying I heard over, and over, and over as I processed everything with those people closest to me).
To those we weren’t able to give a proper goodbye to, we’re right up the road and hope that we can make it a priority to get together… so please don’t be a stranger! We’re very, very excited about what’s ahead and welcome your prayers as we make this big transition!
- The featured image is Davis Evans hooking us up with the most sketch moving truck that I’ve ever driven in my life. If you want to borrow a truck and fear for your life while moving, go to First Christian Church and ask Davis to hook you up with the Big Yellow Box. Just tell him I sent you.
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To celebrate another year of marriage, I booked a photo session with LovelyInk Creative (look below for a discount on booking your own session). I thought sharing the photos together on a blog post might be a fun way to tell the story and share the photos with friends and family.
But before I begin …
Confession: While I come across as a people person, I’m more introverted than many realize. I love connecting with friends and meeting new people but I absolutely need my own downtime or I’ll get super grumpy. True story. I like my own space and I really dislike being in front of cameras (I turn into Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights, not knowing what to do with my hands). So I went into the session not excited to be in front of a camera at all and under the assumption that it’d be completely awkward. At least, that’s how I expected it’d go.
It all started around 9:00 AM on a Saturday morning (well, it started around 9:15 thanks to me being late). We planned to make our first stop Artisan Coffee in Akron, Ohio. If you’ve never been, it’s a cool place with great employees who were totally down for us taking over different parts of the coffee shop to take photos. Some of the baristas even joked with us and hopped in a couple pictures. Kortney and I just sipped on coffee, talked through stories of the last twelve years together, and followed Jude’s lead as she took photos. It wasn’t completely awkward — it wasn’t even a little awkward.
Kortney and I just sipped on coffee, talked through stories of the last twelve years together, and followed Jude’s lead as she took photos
Then we deferred to Jude to show us the next stop in the family photo session. We wanted to get some photos inside and some outside and she helped make it happen. After the coffee shop, the photo session picked up again over at the Springfield Bog Metro Park. Again we just hung out as we walked the trail and talked through funny memories while Jude thought through how to get the right pictures of us. It was super chill.
We just hung out as we walked the trail and talked through funny memories while Jude thought through how to get the right pictures of us
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Here’s the problem I face every single time I need to go to the eye doctor: Do I pay the two to three hundred dollars to get a new pair of glasses (lenses, frames, then all the fancy add-ons). You probably know by now that you can take your prescription online and save some money on new glasses — but it might be a little blurry (ha, see what I did there) as to where you shop for glasses. Here’s my take on things…
I’ve done home try-ons from Warby Parker and also purchased glasses from Zenni Optical. This transaction, I wanted to try something new. I picked up a new pair of glasses from Glasses Shop, ever heard of them? I hadn’t until I did some looking around and, in this case, I’m glad that I did.
The process was pretty easy and straight-forward. Browse their website to explore the inventory. It is rather easy to narrow down your particular style, whether you’re looking for something a bit classic or much more modern. I found the Jefferson Wayfarer pair of glasses frames to be right up my alley, so those are the pair I chose to go with. Then you submit your prescription during the checkout process (you have to have an up-to-date glasses prescription, including the proper sizing dimensions).
I was amazed that it only took a couple of days to get the glasses to my house, even though they were custom made for me. I am thinking about going back sometime soon for a pair of prescription sunglasses.
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