It’s been a hot minute since I last updated the blog – between school, work, and spending time with friends and family, it’s been a busy spring semester. Here’s what I’ve been up to and what’s to come:
- I wrapped up sophomore year and made the decision to transfer colleges – the past year, I’ve been at Young Harris College, a small (I mean, small) liberal arts college in north Georgia. Although I made some lifelong friends and took some really interesting and challenging courses during my time there, I just didn’t enjoy the campus or the vibe of the school as much as I wanted to. After lots and lots of prayer and discussions with family, I’ve decided to transfer to the University of North Georgia for my last 2 years of school. I love the UNG campus and already have some friends there, plus they have lots of opportunities for backpacking and rock-climbing!
- My parents are preparing to move to Seattle – towards the end of last year, my dad accepted a position with Microsoft and my parents made the decision to move to Seattle. To be perfectly honest, I was not on board to begin with. The idea of my family leaving to move across the country was straight up terrifying, and I was convinced I wasn’t ready for it. After some time to think and pray and prepare, though, I’m so excited for them! Plus – how cool is it gonna be to visit Washington all the time? Recently, we’ve all been super busy preparing to sell the house, and they’re gearing up to move hopefully within the next couple weeks.
- I’m getting ready to live on my own – although I’ve been out of the house for the past year of college, I haven’t really been out of the house, if you know what I mean. Once my parents move to Washington, I’ll be living in Dahlonega full-time as I’ve been blessed enough to find an apartment near the college that I’ll be moving into at the end of summer. I am so excited to begin this next chapter of adulthood – and most importantly, I’ll finally have my own kitchen to cook in!
- My boyfriend joined the military – at the beginning of the year, my boyfriend shipped off for 3 1/2 months of basic training for the Army. Saying “see you later” to my best friend was one of the hardest experiences I’ve been through, and the transition to communicating solely through weekly letters and minute-long phone calls once a month was incredibly daunting. Those months ended up being an incredible blessing, though – they challenged us and strengthened our relationship in so many ways, and I am beyond thankful to have him home as of a couple weeks ago. That time apart not only strengthened us as a couple, but also as individuals, and I’m so grateful to have had those months to push myself and grow in ways I couldn’t have experienced otherwise.
As for the rest of the summer – I’ll be focusing on working a lot to save up for the fall semester and spending time with my parents and friends. Although I’ll be staying in Georgia for most of the summer, I am planning to fly up to Seattle once my parents have moved to help them settle in. I’m also hoping to spend some time exploring the southeast and hopefully getting in a few backpacking and rock-climbing trips!
The first few months of 2018 have flown by and, sadly, I don’t think the rest of the year will slow down much. I can’t wait for what’s to come and I plan to share my adventures as they unfold.
Until next time!