Once upon a time, there was a blog called L.I. Budget Bride that told the story of a young woman who was planning a $15,000 Long Island wedding from her new home in Raleigh, N.C.
That blog still exists, but its look, feel and focus are now different. The posts from that blog can still be found within these pages. Just keep scrolling backwards.
Looking to the future, After the Knot will focus on not really being focused. In my three years of marriage, and the two since I stopped writing solely about weddings, I’ve learned that marriage isn’t just about spending a life together, it’s also about creating a life together.
Creating a life encompasses so many things.
It’s turning your first house into a home with all the love that comes with a can of paint and a bookcase with a million extra screws.
It’s getting your first dog and realizing that you’re actually a pretty stellar dog owner, but you’re going to be a nightmare as a parent.
It’s waking up at 5:45 a.m. to go jogging so you can drop down to a healthy weight before making your body a home for a brand new human.
It’s figuring out how to grow food in your own backyard, which is comprised of sand, weeds and ants.
It’s cooking Swiss Chard for the first time ever and realizing that it’s pretty much just like spinach.
It’s overcoming the stress of having only one full time income so that your spouse could take a chance on pursuing their passion or finishing their education.
It’s a journey.
A Little About Me
I’m a 30-something New York native now living in North Carolina’s Triangle with one husband (C), one dog (Bailey) and two cats (Jameson and Puppidawg). I spent the past six years as a local general assignment and public affairs reporter. As of the end of July I will have moved on to the other side of the communications spectrum doing web content writing for a consumer education organization. I still do some freelance writing on the side.
I love domestic things like cooking, gardening and crocheting, but I hate domestic things like folding laundry and cleaning my bathroom.
I’m happiest at the beach and living two hours away is the equivalent of living in Oklahoma. My fridge is filled with grass-fed meats, and produce from local farms, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy a Big Mac.
I’m a hard news nerd and I don’t really care about pop culture. I don’t really care for pretty things. My photos will never be Pinterest quality and I’m OK with that. I’m just happy I’m writing.