Reflections of the Past Year

Its been over a year since I’ve posted on my blog. I always seem to have issues keeping up with my blog. Recently, I’ve felt the desire to rekindle my blog, not necessarily for anyone else but myself. I think its important to have a creative outlet and blogging is a great way to do that. I originally started this blog as a way to keep in touch with family and friends while I was in Germany on my Fulbright. Thinking of moving forward with blogging, I think I will keep the same name because life is all about adventures, no matter where you or what you’re doing. At least, that’s how I view life, so I’m keeping the name of the blog for now. My goal is to just reflect on life’s happenings and various subjects. I don’t want to force anything, I hope to see this just happen organically. I’m excited to see where this takes me. 

Just a quick review of the last year: 

  • My Dad, Uncle Rodney and Uncle Clarence came to visit me in Germany. It was a blast to have them visit and show them my life abroad. 
  • I fell in love with my school and was sad to end my time teaching there. IGS Ingelheim will always hold a special place in my heart. 
  • Had the best Eastern Europe Vacation: visited Bratislava and tried Couchsurfing for the first time (had the best host!); made my way to the Ukraine to visit one of my dear friends I met in Switzerland Magi, Ukraine was quite different from anywhere I’ve ever visited; Magi and I traveled to Budapest together and enjoyed exploring the city together; overall, I had such a blast because I was mostly traveling by myself and I had never done that before and it was quite eye opening. If you ever have the chance to travel alone….DO IT! 
  • Bonded with all my roommates in Ingelheim. Had one of the best situations you could ever imagine. I miss those wonderful people. 
  • My mom came to visit me and it was an amazing opportunity. I’m so blessed she was able to come visit me. it was a huge step for her because she had never been outside of North America. She was brave to fly by herself for 8 hours. 
  • Returning to the US was bittersweet. I was sad to leave all the wonderful people I had met in Germany, but I was ready to get started in the job search and start my career in higher education. 
  • Job searching is a full time job in of itself. Through a series of applications, phone interviews and campus interviews for various residence life positions, I was offered positions at two universities. I decided to take a leap of faith by accepting an on-campus living position at a small state school
  • While job searching, I was lucky to have two temporary jobs: bed maker at an outpatient surgery center and the Executive assistant for the VP of Academic Affairs at my alma mater. Both of the jobs gave me some valuable experience and allowed me to make some money while job searching. 
  • Moved and started my new job in November and it has been a whirlwind since then 
  • Adjusting to life in a new place and adjusting to life as a new professional can be difficult at times, but I’m learning a whole lot in the process. 
  • Met a guy and its been amazing. He’s a pretty special guy. (maybe more on that later) 
  • Will be starting Grad School for a Master’s in Counseling and can’t wait to be a student again. I know the road ahead will be tough because my job is pretty demanding. The majority of my classes will be online which is another huge adjustment for me. I’ve never taken an online course.

That’s just a brief overview of life over the course of the last year. I’m really happy right now and I don’t remember being this happy. I’m so blessed for lots of different reasons. I hope to explore that a bit more through this blog. Well that’s all for tonight, except for one final thought: