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I’m surrounded by boxes and empty potato chip bags!

Long time no…type?

I’ve gotten a few emails and Instagram dms asking where I’ve been, and I am finally able to answer all your questions!

If you hadn’t noticed, I have taken a bit of a break from weekly blogging, and those in my personal life have probably noticed I have also taken a break from daily workouts at the local gym. With those breaks came my fast decent into a junk food craze, fueled by Easter candy and potato chips. I have been too afraid to weigh myself, but I promise I will gain the courage soon. As much as I’d like to, I really have no excuse for my downward spiral, but I will try to explain what has been going on and where I have been.

In about 30 days, I will be packing up a small U-Haul and moving back to my hometown of Sheridan Wyoming. This booming metropolis is populated by just under 18,000 people and is also home to the cutest grandparents in the world, mine! Recently, my grandmother has been struggling with memory problems, and my mother and I have made the choice to move in order to be closer to them, and help aide them with things like lawn care, cooking, and cleaning. I know people expect me to tell them it wasn’t an easy decision, but it was. Sure, it will be hard to leave my friends, but I have been raised to respect and care for my family when they need me so when I found out my grandma was struggling, I knew there was only one thing we could do. So here we are, living in a boxed up apartment and eating Ramen Noodles!

Now, I didn’t have to let my diet go to crap…but I did. I used moving as an excuse to cancel my gym membership and sit around in the evenings watching Netflix, soaking up my last few weeks of a quiet home. I am embarrassed to say that I fell back into my old pattern of using food as a comfort and a source of stress relief when I should have kept up with my healthier habits I had been developing. But there is no sense in worrying about the past, so I am doing my best to move on from this and jump back into a healthier lifestyle.

I can’t promise I will be posting weekly blogs for a while, but I will do my best to keep you all posted with my new life! Being a caregiver will not be easy, but I know it will be rewarding.

To those friends I am leaving behind; please know I will miss you all terribly. Billings has become my home over the past 12 years, and I am sad to leave. I have developed deep friendships that will last a life time, grew as a person, and discovered passions I didn’t know I had. Billings has brought me heartache and sadness, happiness and love, and 12 years of adventures. I know that I would not be half the woman I am today if it weren’t for our move to Billings and the influence of so many people in my life.

Billings, you will not be forgotten.

With love,

Karisa

P.S. I am getting a dog, his name is Carl. Will this turn into a dog mom blog? Possibly.

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