hello DC

If you follow my blog, you know that I've been hinting at some big news involving my personal life. So much has happened in such a short amount of time that I haven't had a chance to really reflect on these changes, let alone share them publicly. But I'm finally in a place where I'm starting to feel (somewhat) settled and the timing is right to let everyone know what's been going on. So, without further ado...

I now live in Washington, DC!

Kent interviewed for a job earlier this summer, but wasn't officially offered the position until mid-September -- right before we left for Tokyo. Needless to say, it was a crazy chaotic time filled with many emotions. After returning to the States, we didn't have much time to decompress -- we had family to tell, notices to give, apartments to pack, apartments to find, items to sell, work to complete, etc.

We arrived in DC on Sunday, October 18 after driving 20+ hours from Nebraska. Kent was an absolute trooper and drove our U-Haul (with my car in tow) the entire way. Fortunately, we moved at an optimal time of year -- it wasn't too hot or too cold, so we didn't have to deal with any uncomfortable weather conditions. Plus, driving through the Northeast during this time of year is absolutely breathtaking.

The autumnal view at our last rest stop in Maryland before arriving in DC.
The autumnal view at our last rest stop in Maryland before arriving in DC.

Kent started his job right away on October 19 and I've been busy organizing our new place trying to make it feel and look like home. The process is certainly ongoing, but we're very fortunate to have found a great building in a neighborhood that we're quickly growing to love.

Leaving Nebraska was undoubtedly bittersweet. It was especially difficult leaving my mom and brother, not to mention my amazing colleagues at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nebraska is my home, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

However, we knew it was time for a change and when this opportunity came along, it was too good to pass up. Although I'm anxious about what the future holds, I'm learning that uncertainty in life is inevitable. You can only decide whether you run away from it or embrace it.

This is me, embracing it. All of it.

Cheers to new adventures,

Mekita

Mekita Rivas