Making Moves! Literally.

Man, I have A LOT of catching up to do with you all!  In the last few weeks, Cory and I have been through what I coined as an “running an emotional marathon.”

Sometimes, you look for opportunities in life – and sometimes opportunities come looking for you. Three weeks ago, a gentleman that Cory met two years ago through his MBA program’s board of advisors called Cory out of the blue and offered him a job.

A great job.

A great job that he didn’t even know existed.

We were both left pretty shocked and blind sided. We’re comfortable and happy with what we’ve got goin’ on. We weren’t looking for change, so when this (really good, really exciting) opportunity knocked on our door, we didn’t know what to do.

We weighed the options for days. Nothing else consumed our minds or conversations. Cory went through several important business dinners and calls while I impatiently waited for his report back. We contemplated my schooling, The Life Plan (Yes, we have one. Get over it), his job, and so much more.

After much back and forth, weighing the options and realizing that there really isn’t any reason NOT to take the job  – we decided to go for it!

In three weeks, we’ll be moving to Richmond, Virginia to start a new chapter of our lives! We’re so excited for this opportunity and I could not be any more proud of Cory. Talk about making a good first impression!

I’ll be commuting to school for the remainder of the semester, which is no big deal at all. Then, come the end of April I’ll start looking for a j-o-b the keep me busy (and my wallet full) before my internship starts in September.

To say I’m nervous about the move and starting our lives somewhere new is an understatement. I’m devastated about leaving my parents and our good friend here. On the other side of the coin, I’m beside myself with excitement. Mainly because these two mugs will be within minutes of our new abode :)

Knowing that they’ll be close enough to have weekly dinners, random shopping dates, sleepovers when Cory travels, and serve as helpful guides when I call them crying because I’m lost in the bowels of Richmond makes me so happy.

So there you have it, friends! My first real-life move is around the corner!

Let’s chat – To copy Kailey’s brilliant idea, I’d love to know where in the world YOU’RE reading from today! Come on all you quiet readers, I want to hear from you, too! :)


  1. says

    That is exciting news!! I know it can be scary, but you have each other and you support one another. The great thing too is that you’re not too far away from DC. My Mom always says, give everything a year… you may it some rough patches, but in a years time you’ll be able to see what it’s like through all the seasons!

  2. says

    1. Could you have picked a worse picture! I am burning that shirt as it makes me look wider than a house – GROSS! 2. (on a less Diva note) the fact that you will be living within minutes makes me happier than a 5 year old on Christmas morning!!! I know I keep saying it, but seriously, we won’t have to plan weekend trips anymore – we wanna go grab a drink after work? Sure! We wanna go catch a movie on a random Wednesdau? Why not!!! I am so happy for this change and for you an Cory!

    Oh – and I am reading this post from the snowy Richmond, VA…your soon I be home!

  3. says

    Congrats to him! Life can throw curveballs for sure! I have been through this with Mike 3 times!

    I am glad you guys thought about it and are doing what is best! So happy for you both!

    Moving stinks, drink lots of wine, lol!


  4. says

    Colleen that’s SO EXCITING! congrats to you both on this new stage in life :)

    I’m reading from the beautiful chicago IL, I’m from the DC metro area though! :)

  5. says

    Congratulations to Cory and to both of you! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Richmond. Crazy where life takes you unexpectedly, right? I never imagined that I’d be setting up shop in Texas, but it is SO wonderful.
    So to answer the question, born and raised in St. Louis, MO. College in South Bend Indiana, back to St. Louis for a year and now living in Dallas.

    • Colleen says

      Thanks, Clare! Yeah, it’s pretty crazy the (good) things life can throw your way :) I’m really glad you’re enjoy Texas!

  6. says

    I’m reading from Manchester, NH. I haven’t commented in the past because I never had a blog until this weekend – I finally jumped in and started one of my own! Congrats on your news!

  7. says

    Fun! What a great new adventure! I just moved to NC from my hometown in Alaska this past July and it has just been a fantastic experience!
    So currently I am readying from NC, but I did used to read your blog when I was still in Alaska 😉

  8. Lissa says

    Grew up in MI, currently live in SC, reading from San Francisco and moving to Kuwait in 6 months to teach with my husband!

  9. Jamie says

    Oh, I am just reading from the 804…your soon to be NEW HOME!! ahhhhh! I could not be any happier for you and Cory both- What an exciting adventure! I can’t wait to see you umm every week…mulitiple times in a week…everyday…kidding haha but can’t wait to see you whenever I wantttttt!!! Love you, best!

  10. says

    I couldn’t be more excited that you’re moving to Richmond! Now I can actually visit with you, as opposed to just emailing, tweeting, and blog-commenting! Congratulations to Cory on that fantastic job opportunity, and congrats to both of you for being willing to take such a huge step in your life together :) I hope I can see you soon to congratulate you in person! <3 Best of luck with the move!

  11. says

    Okay that’s it. I’m so excited for you moving down even closer to mee (when I’m not in bootleg NY…erg upstate). Will you be down by the 10th? I’d love to drive up there sometime between the 10-17th and meet for lunch or something? (if you are interested). I’m so excited for this change for you!

  12. says

    Very exciting, yet nerve-wracking news all at the same time! I recently uprooted my life and moved 3 hours away from all my closest friends & family. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made. :) I’m now reading from Louisville, KY and I love it! Congratulations on this new, big step in your life!

  13. Dee says

    Cleveland, OH. My first real move, too :) It will be great that you have Cory though — being alone has been the hardest part.

  14. says

    YAY! So very exciting for you guys.

    I’m born and raised in good ol’ Denton, Texas. After Evan and I married we moved to Arlington, TX which is 30min away and I HATED it. Everything about that busy city annoyed me and I never made a friend there. After 6 months I had had enough and we moved to 2 more area places (Hurst & Fort Worth) over the next 4 years. Now we live back in Denton where we like the idea of raising Avery.

    Funny, when your young, you can’t wait to leave your hometown and then your an adult, with a kid and you are racing back apologetically for leaving it to begin with.

    Denton is awesome by the way, you should come visit. 😉

  15. says

    That’s awesome for you guys! My husband is (and I used to be!) military, so we’re pretty much used to moving and starting over, so it can be really exciting… and really stressful! Make it into an adventure!! I’m reading from Florida, where I’m visiting. :)

  16. crystal c. says

    Congrats to you and Cory! That is awesome news!! A year a a half ago I moved acrossed the US to be iwth my fiance as he is going to law school and I had to move away from my family too. It was sooo hard and still is BUT I have made some great friends and we have had a blast exploring the new area we live in. You and Cory are going to have a wonderful time getting to know your new area!! I wish you both the best of luck! Oh and Cam too! :)

  17. Mary Elllen McCarthy says

    Congrats to you and Cory! I’m reading from Ohio! I am your cuz’n. 10.1.3 in the green book. Send new contact info to my sis Trish 10.1.6. your gramma Mary Harlow has the web address & info about the reunion 7/14/2012. from Mary Ellen

  18. says

    Yay! Now it’s blog official :) So excited for ya’ll! Moving can be scary, but it can also be a beautiful thing! I’m sitting in my apartment in Austin! Can’t wait for this new chapter in ya’lls lives! Love you!

  19. says

    I totally understand making a new move. I moved to Indianapolis from Chicago when I got married because my hubby is in dental school. I thought I would live in NYC, DC or Chicago at the least, so to find myself here was a big transition. It’s been worth it though! So glad you’re excited about it! :)

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