You can find our House Hunting series on YouTube!
Can you believe it!? The Swanson’s are First-Time Homeowners!
We are jumping into this next chapter with our hearts 1000% all-in, and we’re feeling so very blessed to have found our perfect fit during this year’s insanely competitive housing market.
To hear about our experience buying our very first home in New England, keep on reading! This entry is Part 1: We’re Homeowners, stay tuned for:
Part 1: We're Homeowners!
Part 2: How to Find the Perfect Realtor
Part 3: Our House Hunting Checklist: How to Find Your Dream Home
Part 4: Submitting Our First Offer On a House!
Part 5: Offer Accepted! Now We Wait...
I’ll try my best to walk you through the steps that we took during our first homebuying experience! And although there are so many different factors that can go into the homebuying adventure… finances, location, timing... and I’d also like to repeat the fact that this is our first time buying a home (we’re NOT experts), we hope that this blog/video series may be helpful to anyone interested in purchasing a home soon!
I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news… but I have to admit that it’s utterly impossible to explore the entirety of Boston all in one day. That said, the good news is that you can fit in a ton of Boston charm into one full day, because of how walkable the city is!
Maybe you have a Sunday free to drive to downtown, or maybe you’re on a New England road trip and can only spare 12-24 hours in America’s Walking City - based on places we've experienced for ourselves, here’s what I recommend you see and do while you’re visiting Boston, MA for a day!
The effects of COVID-19 in 2020 pushed many comfort zones worldwide. And for those in the office space, the line drawn between work and home was intensely blended.
About 1 year ago, my team was sent home to “temporarily” work remote. I remember having an impromptu Town Hall meeting at the office, where our CEO shared that many of us were to start working from home for an uncertain amount of time, starting that same day.
My team walked away from that meeting, packed up our desks, laptops, and office materials, and drove home thinking that this would last a couple of weeks or maybe a couple of months. I would have never predicted that I’d still be working from home a year later, and indefinitely for the unforeseeable future.
In September 2020, my husband and I relocated to Boston due to military orders. My “temporary” remote position thus became a “permanent” remote position. While I still count my blessings on the fact that my company was willing to be flexible and keep me on the team (even when 3500 miles away), shifting the mindset of “We’ll be back in the office soon!” to, “I have to create an office at home…?” was a bigger leap for me.
Creating space for work where you live has its ups and downs. Now that I have 1 year of working from home under my belt, I wanted to share 5 Tips On How To Efficiently Work From Home that are working for me thus far. Hopefully you'll find them helpful too!
You can find my Vlog on YouTube!
It has officially been 6 months since Lucas and I moved to the other side of the country. Where has the time literally gone?
Although we still have many more months (ahem... years) remaining here in New England, we have already learned a thing or two during our first PCS Moving experience. I’ve had a few friends reach out asking about how we’re settling in now that it’s been 6 months so I decided to write it all out. To those of you reading, who happen to also have had experiences moving to new homes, please let me know if you can relate to some of the lessons we learned!
January 1, 2021
2021 Resolutions + A Year of Healing
Happy 2021 everyone!
For this new year, I’m hoping to manifest a year of continued resilience, slower days, and more rest. By default... a year of less makeup (lol), more time spent building a home, and most likely a little more quality time with Sherbert (and he’s STOKED).
I know New Year's Resolutions aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally find them effective as long as you’re realistic with your goals. Ever since I was young, I’ve always been a very goal-oriented person, so creating goals for myself at the beginning of the year has been a great way to keep myself accountable to my personal growth. If you’re looking for ideas on simple goals to set for yourself this year -- keep on reading!
December 31, 2020
My 2020 in Numbers: Big Life Changes During a Pandemic
The year we learned how to love from a safe social distance, the year I said "I Do" and changed my last name, and the year I started to build a new home on the other side of the country!
Finally had some time to slow down and reflect on the craziness and excitement of last year. If you didn’t know already, I enjoy this time of year. Reflection has always been a significant part in how I honor my personal growth through accountability -- it’s almost therapeutic for me! If you can relate and are just as obsessed with numbers as I am -- keep on reading!
You can find our Apple Picking Vlog on YouTube!
Have you ever been apple picking before?
Lucas and I noticed that apple picking appears to be a very popular fall activity in our new neighborhood! Therefore, we decided to spend a Sunday wandering around the apple orchards of Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Massachusetts. This was our very first-time apple picking, and we had SO much fun! We stopped by the Farm Store, and then harvested plenty of apples to munch on. To hear about our experience -- keep on reading!
You can find my Boston First Impressions + 5 Things to Do in Boston video on YouTube!
Lucas and I are entirely new to the northeast side of the United States. I have been to the northeast twice -- once when I was in high school for a family road trip from Toronto to Washington D.C., and the other was last spring 2019 for a business trip (we were in Boston for only half a day). Lucas, on the other hand, has never been to the northeast prior to our military relocation.
That said, our first month living in Boston made for an interesting one as we learned to adjust to all the changes and new norms. To hear about our first impressions of our new city, followed by some fun touristy things to do in Boston -- keep on reading!
You can find our Moving Day Vlog + Empty Apartment Tour on YouTube!
After 3500 miles and 6 days, we finally made it to our new Boston apartment! However, our moving day didn’t go quite like we had planned…
You can find the Travel Vlog of our Road Trip on YouTube!
August 31-September 5, 2020
Our Cross-Country Road Trip from Seattle to Boston!
(WE MOVED TO THE EAST COAST!)
To hear about an adventure consisting of: 3500 newly acquired miles on our odometer, Sherbert’s car-ride experience, a scenic drive through Yellowstone, Chicago snacks, and all 13 state signs along the way -- keep on reading! (But buckle up -- it’s a long trip!!)
Rather suddenly, Lucas received military orders for a permanent change of station in Boston, Massachusetts by early September. Given that our wedding occurred in early August, the new orders only allowed us for 1 month of preparation in-between before moving to the other side of the country.
With the military’s assistance coordinating most of our belongings through a moving service, we decided to embrace the unique opportunity to drive coast-to-coast across the entire United States of America! Based on my research, most people recommended 1-2 weeks minimum when driving across the country. If we had the time to do so, we definitely would have taken more time to soak in more cities. Although we were excited to explore along the way, we were even more eager to settle into our temporary home. Therefore, we spent only six days total driving from Seattle to Boston.
Storytelling by Gen
Travel diaries from explorations and adventures.