Leah’s Wedding

I’ve got a busy weekend of packing ahead of me, but I wanted to pop in and share some of the photos from the wedding last weekend. As I mentioned, it was a couple of my good friends from high school who got married so it was like a mini high school reunion. Here I am with the bride at the rehearsal dinner:

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I spent a lot of the weekend catching up with my friend Hannah (who was also a bridesmaid), who I haven’t seen in years. We used to be super close in high school, then drifted apart in college. Now she lives in Georgia with her husband and I’m hoping to take a trip down to Atlanta sometime soon to visit them!

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Hannah and I carpooled to the rehearsal dinner with our friend Curtis (who was a groomsman), who we also know from high school.

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Here’s the whole high school crew after dinner:

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On the day of the wedding, all of the bridesmaids met at Studio 415 in Traverse City to get our hair done. I absolutely LOVED what my stylist did with my hair. I told her I wanted something fun and flow-ey, and she nailed it.

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I wish I could have a personal stylist every day.

Hannah and I did our own make-up after our hair was done while enjoying some breakfast sandwiches and mimosas.

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When we were done at the salon we headed over to Black Star Farms – a winery out in Suttons Bay where the reception was going to be held. Leah had a room at the inn and we used it to relax and get ready before the ceremony. Here’s the bride to be!

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Soon it was time to get changed and ready for pictures. I absolutely loved her dress, and the bridesmaids dresses were so pretty  also.

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Chris and Leah wrote beautiful heart-felt letters to each other to read as they were getting ready before the first look pictures. It was so special to watch her read hers! The two have been together for nearly eight years, and anyone who knows them knows that they are truly meant to be together forever.

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After about a half hour of pictures, we all piled in the car and headed to the church for the ceremony.

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The ceremony was quite emotional because Chris’s dad is actually the minister and he was the one marrying them. It was really special and I was honored to be a part of it.

We took more pictures at the church after the ceremony, and then again once we were back at Black Star Farms. I managed to steal this one of the wedding party from Chris’s dad:

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Next up was the reception! Leah had a second dress that she changed into for this part of the night because her dress wasn’t really made for moving around much. I loved her reception dress though, and I really like the idea of having two dresses! It seems to be quite trendy right now.

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The rest of the night was spent enjoying great company, eating good food, and celebrating the newlyweds.

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Sparkler exit!

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Such a wonderful weekend 🙂

Congrats to Chris and Leah!! Wishing you many years of happiness.

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By the way, did you guys happen to catch my new banner up top? It’s the Grand Rapids skyline and I absolutely love it. My friend Eric put it together for me. He’s become really good at photography and is great at graphic design. Be sure to check out his Facebook page (Infinitis Media) to see his daily posts. He also has an online media gallery that you can view here.

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A Video Update [Vlog]

So, I made a little video tonight (and all you pervs can get your mind out of the gutter now). I was originally going to post some pictures from my friend’s wedding this past weekend, but I randomly decided to chat your ear off instead. Enjoy!

iPhone Snapshots

I feel like I owe you guys a post with actual content about my life regarding something other than moving, so I figured I’d share a little assortment of photos from my phone. It’s the easiest way to make a coherent post about a bunch of totally random things ;). Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Memorial Day weekend was a nice mix of work and play. I worked all day on Sunday, but my sister and her boyfriend were in town on Friday night and Saturday (she goes to college in the Upper Peninsula) so I got to spend the day with her on Saturday. We all went wine tasting with my mom out in Leelanau County and hit up a total of five different wineries.

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The weather was gorgeous – it was the first nice weekend we had seen in months – so it was a perfect day to spend out and about. We were thankful to have our mom as our DD 🙂

On the holiday itself, I took advantage of the sun again and went on my annual Memorial Day bike ride. It was actually my first ride of the year, so it was more difficult than I anticipated. I rode on out on Old Mission Peninsula and covered about 23 miles in total.

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I stopped a few times to take some pictures because the views were beautiful. This will always be my favorite place to bike.

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There were some pretty hilly areas and they quickly reminded me how out of shape I am.

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All in all it was a great ride and is always a fun way to spend the first holiday of the summer.

Later that week, I met up with a couple girlfriends (Elena and Amanda) for a concert here in town.

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The show featured Theory of A Deadman, Adelitas Way, and two other bands that I can’t remember. I’ve seen Theory of A Deadman twice before and Adelitas Way once, so I was pretty excited to see them again as they are two of my favorite bands. When Adelitas Way was done performing we had the opportunity to meet and chat with the band. I purchased a T-shirt and asked the lead singer to sign it. Then I got a picture with him! Very cool.

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Last weekend, my good friend Elly and I got dinner in Elk Rapids and had a few more drinks than we originally planned, so we decided to walk it off and have a little photo shoot downtown by the lake.

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Elly is one of my closest friends. I met her in my first class on my first day of college – nearly eight years ago! We then went through the rigorous (or so we thought at the time) pre-pharmacy program together, and then somehow survived pharmacy school and graduated together, and now we work in neighboring towns. We have had a lot of fun over the years and I am really going to miss her when I’m gone!

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Lilacs!

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Haha.

Other than that, I’ve really just been spending as much time outside as I can since the weather is so perfect right now. I go to the hot tub almost every night with my neighbors (I’m so bummed that my apartment in Grand Rapids doesn’t have a pool/hot tub), and Mikey and I like to chill out on my patio and watch the birds.

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I live on the second floor and don’t trust him not to try to jump off the balcony, so he has to wear his leash. Oh, and don’t feel bad for him – he doesn’t mind it at all. He actually rolls around and tries to play with the leash until he sees a bird. Then he forgets he even has it on.

Unfortunately I haven’t had much time to relax at the pool or the patio this week until tonight. Yesterday I was in Lansing all day for some training for work and didn’t get home until late.

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Then I had to be back at work early this morning and of course we were crazy busy all day. Work is  going to be quite stressful over the next three weeks because of my transfer and move, so all I wanted to do when I got home was hug my kitty and crack open a beer.

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Sooo, I did.

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And now the hot tub is calling my name.

Some Thoughts About Moving

Wow, thank you for all the support everyone! I’m so glad that you all like the new blog. It’s definitely a work in progress though; I’ve got a lot of work to do with the website but it’ll have to wait a few weeks when life will hopefully slow down a bit. I seriously feel like the last month has been a whirlwind. Work has been insane because all of the older folks come back for the summer and need their prescriptions transferred, plus Traverse City is a big vacation town. I’ve also been trying to get everything organized for the move. It’s a lot more work than I ever thought it would be. I’ve been slowly going through all of my drawers, storage totes, and closets trying to get rid of things I don’t want anymore. I’ve had a lot of success selling smaller things on eBay, and I’ve found friends to pawn off the bigger items on that I don’t have room for in my next apartment (my desk, some patio furniture, a bookshelf, etc.).

One thing that has been quite frustrating about this whole process is trying to set a moving date when you are dealing with leases. The lease on my Grand Rapids apartment starts on July 1st but my current lease goes until July 27th. It’s seriously impossible to try to time everything perfectly, especially when you have to take work into consideration. I have to move on the 1st because my replacement will be here and licensed and ready to start, but at the same time I can’t break my current lease without getting penalized. In other words, I’ll be paying rent on two apartments during the month of July. Talk about annoying.

As the big day gets closer, I have actually found myself feeling quite anxious and questioning whether this is the right decision. The idea to change cities first popped into my head last summer when I was rather unhappy with my life and current situation and wanted a new start. Looking back, I realize how ridiculous and naive it was of me to feel that way because the truth is that I have a wonderful life and need to be more grateful. I have a stable job, lots of friends, an amazing family, and I can support myself and stand on my own two feet. Nowadays, my reasons for moving center more around the need to step out of my comfort zone and try something new and different. Of course, I also want to meet new people and the idea of finding love is always going to be on the back of my mind but I try not to let that consume my thoughts.

I am going to miss Traverse City so, so much. This place will always be home to me and I know I’ll be back to visit all the time. Last night my coworkers had a going away dinner for me and it was so much fun. I met up with more friends after the dinner and had such a great time that I ended the night thinking, “what am I doing? Why am I moving? I love it here! I am never going to find friends like this in Grand Rapids!” However, I’m becoming better at countering those second thoughts with reminders that it is just something I need to do. Deep down, it feels like the right thing at this point in my life. Regardless, it’s too late now to change my mind so I’ve just got to suck it up and take the plunge. Life is an adventure, and I’m ready to see what’s in store for me next.

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Welcome to Urban Impulse

Well hello my friends 🙂

Welcome to my new space in the blog world. Healthy Berg was a big part of my life for a many years, but as you all know I sort of lost interest and have only posted a handful of times in the past year. To be honest, during my days of posting every day, weight loss essentially became the center of my life. It was all I thought about and all I talked about, and I feel sorry that my friends and family had to listen to it all the time. Then last summer, everything changed. I reached a very low point in my life (no need to relive the details) and started going back to my old eating habits. I put on a lot of weight and I still haven’t managed to really get back on track on lose it yet.

However, despite the weight gain, so far this year has been one of the best ones so far. I have been having a blast with my friends, I recently went on a cruise to The Bahamas, and I am getting ready to move from my hometown of Traverse City to the  bigger city of Grand Rapids. I have a beautiful downtown apartment and I am so excited for a fresh start. I decided to start this  blog as a way to document my experiences in a new town, but without feeling obligated to write about one particular subject. I decided on the name “Urban Impulse” because urban reminds me of “city” and my personality (and many of the decisions I make) is naturally impulsive. You will still see posts about food and weight loss, but it’s not going to be the center of my blog anymore.

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I hope that you will all continue to follow along and please let me know if there is anything in particular that you’d like to hear about!

– Krista