Fresh Starts

Hello, friend!

Welcome back to Adventures with Pete and thank you for sticking around despite my unplanned extended absence. I’ve missed you.

As it often does, life got extra busy and for the past several months I simply haven’t had the brain capacity to share all of it with you.

With such a long absence, it can be hard to figure out where to start.

Well, I guess I should start with one of the biggest highlights of the last, gulp, 5 months.

In January, after a year of planning, Pete and I stood under a chuppah on the most beautiful Summer’s day and in front of our friends and family promised to spend the rest of our lives together. Of course, the five or so years leading up to it laid a pretty solid foundation for all that, given we moved in after year one and have managed to continue enjoying each other’s company through several moves and job changes.


Which actually leads me to my second highlight, my new job at a University here in Christchurch. Through a twist of fate and a bit of networking, I found myself leaving my last job a bit earlier than expected to take a new position at the University.

I’ve landed my dream job, just a couple decades earlier than expected. I go to work every day knowing that I’m helping students and communities access knowledge and tools they can use to make the world a better place. It’s pretty fantastic.

Speaking of school, I’m going to be a bit gushy, so bear with me for a moment. Pete is crushing it at flight school. Since February, he’s managed to pass every exam he’s sat with flying colors (pun intended) and it well on track to complete his course in the next 8-ish or so months. I’ve even managed to catch a flight with him down to Tekapo which was full of” pinch me, I’m so lucky to live in this beautiful country” moments.


Because there’s no rest for consummate planners, we’re in the thick of thinking about what’s next.

Common topics of conversation in our house consist of things like:

  • When can we buy a house
  • What job Pete will have after flight school
  • When can we get Cash a furry brother or sister (not that she’s mad about life as an only pup in the house)

This time in our lives seems to be full of big decisions that will shape our future but I’m also trying hard to not forget to live in the moment and enjoy it all.

We’ve got an amazing group of friends who have helped make Christchurch home in more ways than just our address. We’ve found fellow expats to celebrate Thanksgiving with, game night friends, yoga friends, climbing friends, and from all of them an outpouring of love and support that we can’t thank them enough for.

Spring on its way here in New Zealand. It’s a time for fresh starts and I’m so excited to be back. I’m thrilled to be sharing more musings, observations, and adventures with you.

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