Hello From Grand Rapids!

That’s right, I finally made it to Grand Rapids!

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I wish I could say the above photo was the view from my apartment, but unfortunately, it’s not. It’s actually the view from an apartment that I looked at last month but was way too expensive, so I’m living a few blocks north in a more affordable part of downtown. Don’t get me wrong though – I absolutely LOVE my apartment and I can’t wait to show you pictures! Work is going really well too. I like my new store a lot. I’ve had four long days there already but the techs are awesome and the days have gone by fast. This upcoming week will be my first week of “normal” shifts (not holiday/weekend shifts), so we’ll see how it goes!

As predicted, this past week has been quite a whirlwind. I’m actually blogging from bed right now because I’m totally wiped out and as soon as I hit publish I’m hitting the hay.

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The actual move took place on Tuesday. The movers arrived bright and early and got right to work loading up the truck.

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Word of advice: if you’re ever on the fence about hiring movers, just do it. Seriously, it is SO worth it. I also highly recommend Two Men and A Truck. They were really nice guys and did a great job. It definitely made the move about a thousand times easier and faster.

After the truck was loaded, my parents and I hit the road. My mom rode down with me and my dad followed behind. I was so thankful that they made the trip down with me. Mom was on Mikey patrol on the way down:

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He actually did really well in the car. He was scared, but after about an hour he finally got settled in and took a nap. It was a stressful day for the little guy but he took it like a champ.

The move went relatively smooth, with only a couple minor hiccups along the way. I had an issue with parking (my apartment is downtown so parking a huge truck is not an easy task, especially when the City of Grand Rapids doesn’t honor your meter reservation), but other than that things were good for the most part. We got everything moved up to my eighth floor apartment, and then my parents took me out to dinner before driving back up to Traverse City.

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I stayed up late on Tuesday unpacking and got everything just about done by early Wednesday afternoon. Then I went and got my cable/internet set up and my apartment finally started to feel like home. It’s a beautiful apartment right downtown and I couldn’t be happier. And now, without further ado, here’s some pictures of my place!

Living room (view when you walk in the front door):

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Sorry that photo is so dark!

Here’s the kitchen:

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Balcony:

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Laundry room:

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Bedroom:

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Bathroom:

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My favorite parts are the wood floors and the granite countertops. It’s giving me some ideas for my future house ๐Ÿ˜‰

This week I’m going to try to get myself more into a routine. I need to do some grocery shopping, check out the gym at my apartment, and get used to my work schedule. I’m also hoping to see some more friends and actually do some stuff downtown! ย Can’t wait to share more with you guys.

Have a good week!

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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