My Life Update from 2014


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Is this thing on? Oh, good. Hi from 2014.  Last time I posted, it was spring of 2013 and I was about to graduate.

And I did in May. Here are some pictures of my classmate’s theses and whatnot. Mine is posted in photo form. After a conversation with my landlord, the decision was made to move out by the end of May, too, and then I received word that I got accepted here for the summer. My shoulders left my ears for a few weeks of relaxation, yet with one eye on a suitcase, moving boxes and trash bags.

To Paris I flew with much of my belongings in the dumpster or in a dozen cardboard boxes tucked away in my new home(after a significantly stressful 48 hour move out of studio apartment and into a basement). Once again, I transition from one moment to another moment.

I returned to Vermont with more of my eyes opened, my iPhone full of Instagrams, and my body anxious for the next thing, the next move. That feeling seems to never cease. I was unemployed for the first time since I was 16 and my savings were almost, completely, gone. I sat in coffee shops around Burlington with my laptop(again), but this time it was updating the resume and hunting for jobs. I got hired in August with a September start date to be a member of the SEO team in the digital automotive industry.  My shoulders left my ears for two more weeks of watching “Damages,” “Felicity,” and finishing “Orange is the New Black.”

And now, it’s January of 2014. Four months have gone by since I first received my badge and work swag. I’m filling my evenings with Girl Develop It classes and will be taking a French conversation class in February for 8 weeks or so. It is so cold out and I feel like my days are foggy, but it will pass soon with the weather.

I’m transitioning from living a life of student for two years and now I am back as a working adult, pulling a paycheck covered by benefits and trying to rebuild a savings account. Paying off students loans, too. Slowly…ever so slowly. This time, though, it’s not the same adult. I’m still wondering if this is the city for me, the job for me, the current “everything”for me.

This blog will be changing since I am changing. I am hoping for more dialogue with you about how do you handle life’s transitions? I hope this space becomes a place to talk about surviving a transition, figuring out your path, and knowing you can adapt to any situation. I want to write about my non-expert experience and hopefully you’ll want to read it.

2014 just started and I know anything this year is possible. American University of Paris happened after not thinking it would and I actually found a job in my field. What’s next?


A new year, new possibilities…

The school I work for in Memphis begins next Wednesday–this is later than most PK-12 schools in the area due to a new building built on the campus, and another one renovated. Smart move. For the last five years, this time always make me sentimental-hoping the graduates(the 12th graders and 8th graders) from the previous year find whatever road they travel on to be fill with luck and also hoping they remember what our school has taught them, and also looking towards the new year. August is a time for me to realize the summer is almost over, fall will be here somewhat soon, and then the holidays. I think of better ways to run my office, and do a post-mortem of sorts of the previous year.

As I’ve gotten older(post college), it seems each year goes by faster and faster–how did I get to 27 and a half? Wasn’t I just 23 a second ago, and freaking out what to do with my diploma? Or how I did jump from 26 to almost 28 so quickly? I know I have grown up a lot since 2005(the year I graduated from University of Memphis), and I think my current job has been a factor. Juggling twenty things at once, learning how to teach people about technology, putting out “fires,” and just learning how to communicate with adults in a field of customer service(I guess). I have no idea where this school year will lead me, but I know it will be a year of looking around and figuring out my path. I know at my age I am still considered “young,” but when I look around and see people settling down, enjoying their jobs, moving to pretty cool places, or just having experiences that I wish to do makes my mind wander and do the “what ifs?” So, I am thankful for my current situation, and hope for the best.