It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. The last few weeks have been filled with random errands, graduations, and way too many graduation parties. Though I’ve been super busy, I’ve had a blast during my time home thus far. All of the graduations and graduation parties have allowed me to reconnect with friends and family that I haven’t seen in a year. And honestly, it’s been really nice. Sitting in a circle, poking fun at each other and laughing over old memories has reminded me of how hard it was to leave for school in the first place. Yes, this last year I had the time of my life. But the years before were also just as wonderful. I guess that sometimes it takes a little reminder to see what there is in your life that you truly missed.
Sports are more than a billion dollar industry. They’re more than a hobby, more than a profession, or even an event. For many, they are the foundation in which we build our personal character and work ethic. It would be impossible to calculate the amount of time I dedicated in a gym, on a field, or even in the backyard playing catch with dad.
At the time, I was simply playing a game I loved. Not aware of the influences my coaches made or the lessons they instilled. At 26, I’ve faced endless obstacles, endured multiple failures while appreciating every accomplishment along the way. Sports prepared me for the wins and losses of an adult, the heartbreak of defeat and the joy of victory.
Most importantly, the lessons I learned throughout my sports career transitioned right into the real world even after I pealed my jersey off for the last…
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(1) Don’t post vague announcements on Facebook. My daughter will not be that person.
(2) Don’t bite your nails.
(3) Don’t pick your cuticles.
(4) Just leave your damn fingers alone. Trust me, it’s a habit too hard to be broken.
(5) If you have a dream about drinking a lot of water (more specifically from an outdoor garden hose) it’s because you drank too much.
(6) Don’t drink too much too often, college is okay. But after that things get messy.
(7) Clear the timer on the microwave when you’re done. No one like thats asshole who leaves time up.
(8) Know how to change a tire. So then you can teach me…
(9) A fridge shelf/drawer won’t clean itself. Then again in your time it might. You’re lucky. Cleaning the fridge is the worst.
(10) It’s okay to feed stray cats, but don’t let them sleep…
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So I calculated it out. There are 82 days left until I leave Phoenix again to start my sophomore year at USC. Though I don’t actually start school until August 25th, I have a few obligations (new job training, moving into a new apartment, exchange student host orientation) that require me to be at school a little earlier. Though I’ll be missing out on the end of my summer, I am 100 percent okay with this. I really do love spending time with all of my friends and family at home, but I’ve found that my life at SC is somewhat more…interesting than my life here. At school, I’m challenged more by my friends and professors, and I’ve found that these challenges have made my grow in maturity, intelligence, and interest in topics that I had never previously considered to be important. This fall, I’ll be starting classes for my new minor, I’ll have a new job, and I’ll be living in an apartment with three of my closest friends. I’ll be looking for internships and getting more involved in the USC community to see what I can do to leave my mark before I graduate.
Even though I am anxiously waiting for this next semester, I know that there is still a lot to be done in my life before I leave. Over the last few weeks, I’ve compiled a list of a few things that I want to accomplish this summer.
1. Read, read, read–This semester, I only read through about three books that were not school related. This summer, with all of my free time, I want to make sure that I am spending it wisely, not just reading, but reading books that will impact the way that I see the world and the people in it.
2. Be Healthier–It’s really hard to be healthy in my home. The food that my family eats is often filled with lots of salt, few fruits vegetables, and unhealthier meats. This summer, I’m going to take the initiative to make sure that what goes in my body is healthier. I’ve also made a vow to myself that I’m going to work out for two Friends episodes every day (the elliptical happens to be placed perfectly in front of the television). There are a few pounds that I can shed, and a few pounds of muscle that I should really work on getting back.
3. Continue this blog–I still have a ton of ways in which I could be a better person, and ways that I feel as if I can hold myself to a higher standard. By reflecting about them, I have found that I am able to clarify my thoughts more and take better notice of what I need to do, and what I can do to grow.
4. My Appearance–I wouldn’t consider myself a slob, but I find it really easy to have lazy days far too often. This summer, I’m going to do my best to work on my appearance, so that it will be easier when I start working and having professional internships.
5. Time management–It’s so easy for me to sleep in later and later each day. That’s not happening this summer. I’m going to make sure that I’m up and out of bed by 10am, and ready for the day by 11 latest.
As of now–that’s it. I’m sure more things will come up along the way, but these are the most important. I can’t wait to look back at this post come August, and will hopefully see a huge change in how far I’ve come.
Proverbs 31 has always been a great reminder of the kind of woman that I want to become. And looking at the verses again, I realize that I lot of them relate to topics that I want to improve about myself. I think a better way of going about this is taking a verse and working on that each week or so.
This week is verse 25. It says “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” It’s funny how perfectly that verse describes the week that I’m having.
A few days ago, one of my good friends asked me something that resonated deep within my heart. While talking about our future careers, he asked “How do you plan to change the world for the better through business?” The thing that freaked me out, was that I struggled to come up with an answer. Thinking, I realized that every way that I hope to impact the world is completely unrelated to the career that I will be spending 8-10 hours at a day for the rest of my life.
Long story short, this conversation got me thinking. Later that day, we’d also talked about how it had been my dream to be a teacher until about a year ago. After thinking through our conversation, I realized that I still want to pursue this dream. And I’m going to–by applying to be a member of Teach for America.
When I told my mom this, she was immediately skeptical. “You expect to live on a teacher’s salary for two years and then be able to find a good job afterwards?” And to be honest, she’s right. It won’t be easy to make that transition. But I have to remember that Proverbs 31 woman laughs without fear of her future. God will bring me through it with his own plan and timing, and that’s what’s important.
Now back to the part about strength and dignity. Easy–I need to be able to be strong, even when I’m hurting, and I need to clothe myself with dignity, to show that I am the bigger person. It will be really hard. Especially when it seems like he doesn’t care, and his comments come out sporadically when I am least expecting them. But I can do it. I can be the bigger person. Only seven more days.
I’ve decided to add patience to things that I need to work on for the next week or so. There is a certain person in my life whose words hurt me–a lot. And he has no idea how much of an effect they have on me. But I can’t sink to his level. I need to be patient with him, for whatever reason he is choosing to be a jerk to me, and be more forgiving. Because the less I let him hurt me, the more he’ll realize that what he’s doing is completely unnecessary. I always try and keep up a positive attitude when he says these hurtful things, but now, this positive attitude has to be real. Here’s to the next week.
A week has seven days. Seven mornings, seven afternoons, and seven nights. With those seven days, I’m going to do something new. I’m going to pick a trait or characteristic that I feel like I need to strengthen and I’m going to work on fixing only that for seven days.
This week’s trait is going to be complaining because like I’ve said, that’s what I think I need to work on. So here’s to seven days of focusing on complaining less.
In case anyone cares, here is a bucket list of things that I’d really enjoy doing with my future hubster:
Driving up PCH and appreciating our beautiful surroundings.
Road tripping across the country and seeing random tourist attractions in each of the states we pass.
Spending a week sans technology in a remote cabin. Books, warm blankets, warm fires, and cuddles.
Swimming in a random lake or river in some even more random European country. Find a waterfall and kiss underneath it.
Making a fort in our future home and watching a movie and/or sleeping underneath it.
Go to the zoo. Often.
Buy/wear matching bracelets.
have date night once every two weeks, and when we get busier, once a month.
HP Marathon. Duh.
Build a treehouse for our kiddos
Watch 26 movies in 26 days, each starting with a letter from the alphabet
Put a hammock in our backyard.
Stargaze/dance in the street.
Such a great perspective and reminder!
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Today, I re-realized how beautiful our world is. I absolutely love seeing pictures of the beautiful people, flowers, food, and culture of the world’s many amazing countries. I think that often times, it’s really easy for me to forget how much beauty there is on this planet until I’m reminded through a photograph or a video. Lately, I’ve been going through a phase where the littlest things in nature will completely fascinate me. I’ve lived life for 18 years without truly realizing how peaceful and delighting the environment around me is and this truly baffles me. The new found appreciation that I have for the Earth and its beauty has increased the excitement that I have for when I am able to study abroad. Currently, I hope to go to Sydney, Australia. But at the same time, I would love to experience life in Southeast Asia or Europe. As I plan more and more for my future, I’m beginning to acknowledge the fact that the time I have to explore the world is incredibly limited. There are so many places that I’d like to see, and I vow to do everything in my power to see them before I die.