Monthly Archives: December 2013

I’m employed again! And it feel so good to say that.

It’s been a long time coming, but as promised, here’s what’s going on in my world!

First and foremost, I got a job! I am now working in City Hall in the mayor’s office! I am beyond excited and extra thankful for my friend Megan who said my name in her office enough times to get her boss to think of me when a job came up! I’ve only been here about a week, but so far I’m loving it. The people in my office are so incredibly kind and hard working, I know I’ll be able to learn a lot from them. And apparently they like me so far because most of this week I’ve been the only one in the office and I already feel confident with what I’m doing. Plus, the view from my desk isn’t too shabby either!

This is seriously what I get to look at all day, every day! When it's not the holiday season, it's a fountain. Gorgeous.

This is seriously what I get to look at all day, every day! When it’s not the holiday season, it’s a fountain. Gorgeous.

One thing that is very different from any job I’ve had before is the dress code! From my nursing job in scrubs to my private school teaching job in casual clothes, being in an extremely professional environment is new. I’m slowly going to be building up a work wardrobe, but for now I have just enough of the basics to get by. Have any suggestions for me about dressing professionally on a budget? Please feel free to share them! Again- I am OH so thankful for my sweet friend Megan who also happens to have a fabulous wardrobe and allows me to borrow her clothes, and shoes, and apartment!

Additionally, I’ve started the apartment hunting process. Living with my best friend is fun but I know I need my own place. Both of us enjoy time together but also enjoy our space and alone time. The options are a little overwhelming but I feel like I’m narrowing it down. It’s hard to decide if I want to live in a place close to work or a place a little further out that’s bigger and has more options. Decisions, decisions. I’ve fallen in love with one place that’s just sliiiiightly outside of my budget range so I’m considering moving some things around. But in reality I know I’ll be happy and be able to make a home out of wherever I end up. It’ll be fun to get all set up. Next week begins the tours, then deciding after that! I’ll make sure to post pictures of before and after my move in too! I’m so glad that my internet community will be sharing this experience with me as well!

That’s all that’s going on in my little corner of the world. Catch me up on what’s been going on in yours?

Taking Stock: Mid-December Check in!

I am finally employed (!!!) and have hardly any time to be writing now, but I promise an update during the holidays and to be better to this blog in the new year. For now, let me do a quick “taking stock” for now before I head to bed.

Making: Lists of things I want in my new apartment
Cooking: Nothing, currently! Lunch for work tomorrow is in the fridge.
Drinking: Water like it’s my job.
Reading: The Hunger Games. Yep, finally@
Wanting: To go home for a couple days (I’ll admit it)
Looking: Forward to how this new job will turn out.
Playing: With Patches, my friend’s dog. I’m dog-sitting while she’s visiting family!
Deciding: Where my life is going next.
Wishing: I had been the person in Atlanta who won the lottery.
Enjoying: Time to myself for a bit. My roommate and the boy thing are both out of time so I’m enjoying my own company.
Waiting: For it to be a decent time to go to bed. I’m sleepy!
Liking: My “keep moving” playlist on Spotify. So on point.
Wondering: Where I’ll be in a year.
Loving: All my friends for being so incredibly supportive while I need it.
Pondering: How much I should realistically budget for rent.
Considering: Living closer to work in a smaller apartment for the convenience and experience of living in the city.
Watching: Revenge! My latest Netflix obsession.
Hoping: For a good holiday.
Marveling: Over how things can change so drastically, so quickly.
Needing: To iron my shirt for tomorrow. Ugh.
Smelling: Nail polish. Just finished doing my nails.
Wearing: Sweats and a t-shirt. It’s pajama time around here.
Following: The stories that my mom keeps texting me about my sweet great nephews and niece. I love hearing about those babies!
Noticing: That making it till January 10th without a paycheck is going to be complicated. Oops.
Knowing: That it will all turn out the way it should.
Admiring: Successful friends as their lives settle out. Someday.
Buying: Work clothes! Teacher clothes do not equal City Hall clothes!
Getting: Used to the idea of working for the Mayor
Bookmarking: Pages for apartments I’m looking at.
Giggling: Over silly things this dog does.
Feeling: Grateful. Anxious. Blessed. Busy.

The story of a girl who couldn’t make up her mind. Ever.

Aka the story of how I’m now living in my 3rd home in as many months and now there’s no turning back. For a while.

As you know by now, life post-college graduation has not exactly been the fairy tale I might have imagined my sophomore year of college. (I thought I’d be living in North Carolina and married over this past summer and life would be moving in a TOTALLY different direction. HA, 20 year old me was so silly.) Honestly, I could not be more grateful for the way my life has changed over these past couple of years but it still leaves me with immense feelings of uncertainty. Is this where I’m supposed to be living? Is this the path I belong on? Hello, confusion!

What I do know is that I am incredibly lucky that my past experiences have given me the confidence and ability to just pick up my life in a matter of days, pack everything I own into my car, and go. It’s a wild ride.

After my summer of teaching, I packed up and moved home to take care of my Daddy. Though I know I was helpful to provide rides and a rest for the rest of my family, I also know that I wasn’t in the place I was supposed to be. My heart wasn’t there. And that’s ok.

I love my father with everything I have. I have him in my heart forever, and his writing tattooed on my skin. He will forever be my number 1 man, and my biggest cheerleader in this life. I know he understands my need to leave my small town in Idaho and knows my heart is in the city with more opportunities for education and for work that I will be able to love. I still talk to him regularly and I know the updates on his condition, and am in close contact with his doctors. At this point, there is nothing more I could do, and I just have to trust that they will make my father the most comfortable that they can in this time.

So I picked up and drove to Atlanta, back again for good this time. Or until I save up enough money for another move. For now, I am relying on the generosity of sweet friends to provide housing for me until I can find myself a job and an apartment on my own, and enjoying time recovering mentally and spiritually from these past few months, and reconnecting with friends that fill my soul with so much happiness.

This change and transition into a new stage of life is bittersweet, but the moments of joy make it worth it. And as bad as I might think things may be at times, I remember the words of my favorite professor as I complained once to her about not knowing what to do with my life- I am lucky. I am so very blessed to have these options. To have choice. I have the privilege of deciding what I will do and who I will be. There are so many who don’t have that, and I am lucky. This reminder to be grateful echoes through my mind any time I start to think negatively.