Coffee Chat: A Life Update

My life looks a lot different right now, as I’m sure yours does too. So much has happened in past couples months that I feel like you guys deserve a life update. I don’t even know where to begin quite honestly, so I guess I’m just gonna hop right into this.

March of this year, my current ways of life was completely shaken up. My fiance and I came home from our spring break early because it started to become unsafe to travel and we kept hearing of the potential for states to shut down. So we came home only to find out that our university was decided to close down for the rest of the semester. With everything closing down, it meant I had to help close down the residence hall/dorm I managed and that I would be jobless by the end of the week.

Since both of us would be losing our jobs and school would now be moved online, we had to make the hard to decision to move back home with our parents. We are very fortunate that our lease was ending soon anyways and that we were able to move home before everything became even more restricted. So we packed up our home and moved everything back home within just a couple of days.

One of my favorite views of campus

For the next couple weeks we both were trying to find jobs back home in Louisville, but as more businesses shut down, it felt more and more unlikely that we would find one. Fortunately for us, both of our parents were very helpful and let us stay with them until we could move back out, or that was the plan at least.

For at least the last 6 months our plans for the future were up in the air anyways because we were waiting to see if: 1. I would get match with a dietetic internship and 2. Once I got matched, where I would ultimately get placed for my clinical training. Long story short the coronavirus for the first time seemed to be a blessing for at least a short moment. A dietetic internship is essentially working full time for free and full time graduate school all at once. That said, normally it would have been rather impossible for me to have a job during this time.

BUT, with everything going on, our internship has been altered to meet our current circumstances and we will only be doing online education and training for until January. This allowed me to be able to look for a more permanent job to work at through December. Until recently, I had no idea where I would have to move to for my clinical training. Turns out I won’t have to move at all! I have been incredibly best to be placed here in Louisville which means we finally get to lay down roots!

I am very much a planner! For some context, I am an enneagram type 3 if you are into that, aka I am a very driven and organized person and thrive on planning. So it has nearly killed me to have no clue what my future looked like for over 6 months. Finally, after what has felt like an eternity, I am starting to plan out life for the next year and the next five years. This may sound terrifying to some of you, but to me, it is incredibly comforting to be able to know what to look forward to.

For instance, since I get to stay in Louisville, my fiance and I are getting very serious about our plans to buy a house. We have been saving since early on in our relationship and previously we didn’t know if we could even start to look until after we were married. Now, we think we could even start looking as early as January so that we could get a head start on all of the home improvements that will probably have to be done.

What I hope out first house looks like!

Speaking of getting ahead, I almost blew past the fact that I know have a job at UPS which pays pretty decently. I will be able to work here until our clinicals start. For my fiance, he managed to secure an internship which has the potential to become a job. Getting the internship was a feat in itself because he studies healthcare administration which has been so overrun with coronavirus that most places weren’t interested in training an intern to help at the moment.

Now that we both have seemingly secured our futures for the time being, that kind of means we have to stop living out of a suitcase. Let me tell you, in four years away at college, we have accumulate enough stuff to fill a small house. While I expected this to happen since we were renting a house, it doesn’t make unpacking and repacking any easier.

We were previously living on our own and now that we have moved back in with our parents, there is lot of stuff like all of my kitchen supplies we don’t need at the moment. However, we packed up our whole house in just a few days while closing down out school. AKA nothing was packed up properly and we cannot find anything without opening every. single. box. We have created quite a mess for ourselves and I will never again take for granted having at least a week to move and pack properly.

With so many changes happening in a mere three months, there is so much I have learned. I could tell you guys all of the do’s and don’t of moving, mostly learned from our mistakes haha. I could tell you about all of the new hobbies I have taken up since the implementation of quarantine/social distancing. I could also tell you about what it is like to plan a wedding during a global pandemic. There is so much I want to share with you guys, but I’m overwhelmed with the options.

I would love to know if there is anything you would like a post about! What blog subjects do you enjoy? I really want to get to know you guys that have stuck around to read this. I feel so grateful that you took the time to read to this point and I want you to feel like your my friend when you read my posts. I don’t know a better way to do that than to actually get to know you! So please don’t be shy, and leave a comment down below about what you enjoy reading about!

I hope you are having a lovely day!

~ Madison Eran ~

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