It is going to be a big year!
A year of a lot of change!
At least for me.
It just hit me a couple weeks ago. So far I’ve lived my life with consistency and comfort. And 2017 is definitely rocking my consistency and comfort boat.
2017 will be different for several reasons…
#1. I’m moving out!
I moved out for around 8 months with the father of my son when he was first born, but we were living at his parents house, so we technically weren’t living on our own. But this time around with my future-hubby, we will actually be living on our own. On our own! which is obviously what needs to be done, but the point is that it will be new for me. I have always lived with my parents, I rent a room, but still at my parent’s house. I also have always lived in the same city for my entire life and when I get married, I will be moving more than a couple cities over. It will definitely be a good new to move out! I’m super excited to have our own space! Especially since I can’t wait to start decorating our place!
#2. I will be a Mrs.
This is probably one of the biggest changes for 2017! I’m getting married to the man of my dreams and I couldn’t be happier! Really! I love that man so much, it’s crazy! Nevertheless, I have never been married. So this again will be new for me. I will be someone’s wife. And I will have a husband! It is still so surreal to me, but I am ready for the journey ahead of us!
#3. From Salazar to Slocum
This change ties in to the previous change. When I get married, I will be changing my last name from Salazar to my future-hubby’s last name which is Slocum. This again will be a change that at first, I wasn’t sure about because I have always known my identity to be Salazar especially I think since it’s the only thing that ties me to my dad, who died when I was very young. So to me it was a form of identifying with my dad, so this one was a change that I had to think long and hard about. I realized that I didn’t need a name to identify with my dad and that no matter what my last name is I will always be his daughter. I decided to change my last name to my future-hubby’s because I felt the conviction to do so, especially since we will be forming our own family when we get married.
#4. My sister is Graduating!
My sister, Daniella (aka bestie), has been studying for her undergraduate degree in Illinois at Wheaton College. Next year (2017), she will be graduating and she is still undecided if she will be moving back to California or staying in Illinois. Whether she chooses to stay or come back to Cali, it will be a change. It won’t just be a change for me, but for the rest of my family as well. She will have been gone for the most part of 4 years and if she decides to come back to California, it will be a good change to have her close to home all the time, which I’m sure we would all love. Her being in school has been tolerable especially for my mom because there has always been that hope and knowledge that she will be coming home when she is done with school to form a career near to home. But if she decides to stay in Illinois, then it will definitely be a game changer especially for my mom because we will have to accept that she will be forming her life and her career somewhere not so close to home. So either way, whatever decision she makes, it will definitely be a change for our family.
#5. Future-Hubby is Graduating!
My future-hubby, Matt, is also graduating! He won’t graduate until almost the end of August 2017, but either way it will be a change. His school work is definitely a stressor for him and knowing that he will be done with that (for now because he wants to get his MA) will definitely be a momentary relief. Him graduating also means that he might be switching jobs to a job at a church, which I’m sure will be a lot less stressful than his current job. Less stress is definitely a good change!