I am so happy that I made the decision to finish Grad school early. Originally, I was going to finish next spring. I ended up taking a class this summer and enrolling full-time for fall semester because I finally feel ready to be done with school. I think that I held on to being in school as some sort of security blanket for a long time. If I was still in school, it didn't matter that I worked at an unrelated law firm job. That wasn't the real me and I would do what I was supposed to do in some undefined future time. It was a way to hold off taking a dive into the real world, which means putting myself out there, vocalizing my wants, asking myself tough questions, getting uncomfortable, and finally actually acting on those wants.
I was waiting to act instead of just ... doing it.
Now, I'm anxious and excited to be done with school! I am determined to have the best last semester in school and to transition into the next stages of my life. Instead of biding my time and expressing disdain for what I am doing in anticipation to some distant "future," that only vaguely exists in my mind, I truly am ready to enjoy my last semester, to use it for all its worth, and to really live in every moment. I also realize that the future you want doesn't just "appear," you have to build it. These past few months have helped me realize that, so I already have nostalgia for the past few months. They have been wonderful!
Anyway, in keeping with my "last days," theme (obviously not to be confused with the Gus Van Sant movie) I thought I would share some good summer 2014 memories.
Favorite Moments from the Summer:
1. Swimming in our "Secret Spot," in Harper's Ferry
Mike and I were so proud of ourselves because we packed a picnic, drove to Harper's Ferry, WV, hiked down from our car to the river and actually found a generally secluded spot to hang out for a few hours. I got into the water with the intention of swimming for awhile. The water was freezing and I decided that taking a quick dip in the water counted as "swimming." After awhile we heard something in the trees, both a tad freaked out, and this man decked in fishing gear walked by us with his dog. We were never quite as alone as we thought, but for awhile it felt like we were which was pretty awesome.
We try to make it to the Outer banks, North Carolina every summer. With our busy schedules, we were only able to stay for a few days this time around. That was kind of a bummer, but we still had a lot of fun. The ocean was beautiful, we ate crabs, spent time with family, and had great nights.
I finished my first run (5k) in May! A 5k feels so distant and short to me now, but there was a time not too long ago that the prospect of running one mile made me sick with anxiety! Now I have my sights set on a half marathon. I look back fondly on this first "fun" run.
4. My last "first," day:
No more education in the traditional sense for me after this! After this last semester of graduate school, I don't anticipate doing another program, like a PhD, or something similar. I can see myself taking a few classes here or there in the future. Here is me when I graduated high school! I look like such a baby and can't believe it was six years ago! It feels equally like a million years ago and like yesterday. So is life!
|Older me would like to know where I got those jeans.|
I'm so bad at remembering to take pictures! I don't ever want to overdue it with the picture taking, but I do wish I took more time to capture moments. It's something I'm trying to work on. :D
I am very happy for the wonderful memories from this summer and for the ones I am determined to make this semester and beyond. I hope everyone else had a great summer and has great plans for the fall.
Fall is my favorite time of year and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I still haven't figured out what to dress up as this year. Typically, Mike and I will spend October trying to watch as many horror movies as we can, marathon-month style. It can even bleed into September because we simply can't wait to start watching movies!
Anyways, as the summer is not yet over, we still have a few more "summer," activities planned for September that I am looking forward too: hiking, camping, music-camping festival. September will hopefully be a really awesome month and I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully with it comes cooler temperatures as well.
How was everyone else's summer? Any awesome fall plans? What should I dress up as for Halloween? (hahahaha)