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So much has happened this month!! I had an amazing time at home, got 2 new awesome roomies who I’ve had some great adventures with, and started PA school. Ack!! Needless to say, blogging didn’t really happen so much this month.

I was home for 2 weeks for the first time since Christmas and that was just wonderful.  How can it not be when you come home to this? home august 2009 001

Mmmmmm! Red Cat, good New York style pizza, and wings.  What more could a girl ask for?  I had a fantastic time with friends and family alike.  I came back much recharged and looking forward to seeing them all again : ).

Lots of good times with the new roomies as well.  Perused the Old Market hitting up Upstream, Ted and Wally’s, and the pedestrian bridge as well as Barrett’s, Greek Festival, Urban Wine, and Zio’s.  Not all in one night of course!  It’s been so nice to connect with other girls my own age. I have missed that a lot since undergrad.

Speaking of school, I’ve just started my second full week of PA school.  It’s going to be interesting folks!! I sense much less time for blogging in the future.  A whole different type of academic atmosphere to adjust to and a whirlwind of a program will make life interesting over the next 2 years.  I’m sure there will be more to come on that as it happens.

Well this certainly is a short update. My apologies! I have to get back to class!! However, there will be an update on my 101 in 1001 posted later tonight some time if you are interested. If you have no idea what that means, drop by my post here:  https://kfredsmusings.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/101-in-1001/🙂

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Imagine my surprise when I looked at the date and realized that while I had started a few drafts, I hadn’t posted a single post this month!  That just will not do.  Especially as a result of #10.

What a lot of surprises this summer has brought with it.  I’ve (finally) purchased a car.  I’ve moved (again) into a new apartment.  I’ll have 2 new roommates, one whom I’ve never met in person, and school starts so soon! This whole renting and car ownership thing is complicated lol.  It probably doesn’t help that I am trying to coordinate bill paying across 2 states and 3 people. I think things will settle down once we are all in the same place.  Also, our property manager not returning phone calls or emails isn’t super helpful 😉  But enough about her.

Lots of beginnings and again, an end.  My extended VISTA term will be over on Friday.  I’ll truly miss my friends and colleagues.  I’ve had some amazing opportunities during my time as a VISTA and met wonderful people.  I honestly think I will be a little lost at first.  When people ask me what I do, I know my first reflex will be to say “I’m an AmeriCorps*VISTA.”  I never thought it would be such a cool time for me.  I have a feeling that once you are a VISTA, you are a VISTA forever.  I think it’s just one of those things.  You (hopefully) never forget the lessons you learned.

The only thing constant is change.

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Today would have been my last official day as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member. I have extended my term until the end of next month so I’m not done yet! I just can’t believe how fast the year went by.

It has been an amazing year. Full of new people, places, and experiences I never could have dreamed of. My term of service has had it’s ups and it’s downs but I wouldn’t trade it.  I’ve gained so much real-world experience, confidence, and life-long friends.

I’ve had the opportunity to present at and attend numerous conferences and workshops, visit friends in Hawaii, and find a school to persue my future.

I’m just so grateful for the chances I’ve been presented with.  I’m hoping that my last few weeks will be just as good as all the others!

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New Beginnings

For those who don’t like to hear about personal things, I just need to write this out but please feel free to stop back another day 🙂

A few new beginnings in my life recently.  I FINALLY moved out of my old apartment with my roomies who wanted to boil me alive and have me clean up after them.  Not bad people, just bad roomies. I’ve found a new apartment with a new roomie and all seems to be better on that front.  As I’m unpacking, I’m coming across lots of memories.  Some good, some bad.  Some parts of my life I would just as soon leave behind, but others I truly miss.

Also a new beginning on the relationship front.  BF and I broke up.  The distance and different communication styles finally killed us.  I am sad but I will be ok.  I just hope I haven’t lost my dear friend through all this.  It is always hard to say goodbye to people you love.  It seems so much harder when the goodbye can’t be in person.  We had tons of fun together and made lots of memories, many of which I am uncovering in my unpacking.  Makes moving into my new apartment bittersweet.

Another new beginning in the fall, PA school.  Looking forward the challenges and the new people I know it will bring.  It’s sad to know I will be on my own until then but hopefully new friends await me there.  New beginnings are always uncertain but always hold such promise.  This time has been very different for me as I am truly on my own for the first time.  I have lots of amazing friends who are always there for me to talk whenever I need it and even when I don’t.  However, it has been an experience to learn how to cope alone.  I’ve always had other people around to help distract me and keep me busy.  This time it’s just me and yes, it’s hard but at the same time, it’s an opportunity to get to know myself and to grow.

I have been telling myself I need to learn to be happy on my own and just be my own person for years.  This year, I’ve done more of that than I ever have before.  I was in a relationship but we never saw one another & I was on my own a lot.  I have roomies but I rarely see them and we live very separate lives.  I speak to my family frequently but I see them twice a year.  I am so grateful for the connections I have and I realize many more people are much more on their own than I am, but these changes are big for me.  I am hoping I can make the difficulties I’ve had this year work for me and use the lessons I’ve learned in the future.  After all, isn’t that what new beginnings are for?

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blank-journalI find myself once again having not blogged in weeks and with nothing to say.  A blank mind. I suppose I can talk about the fun things coming up for me in the next few weeks.

I am heading to the CiTE conference next week in Denver with my coworkers.  I am excited to visit Denver as I have never been.  I will be presenting with a coworker of mine.  I am both excited and nervous.  I have never presented at a conference before!  I am really bummed out though because it sounds like there won’t be wifi access available.  I was hoping to live tweet and pull some social media into my presentation as interactive pieces.  That will be difficult to do without wifi for the audience.  I will be in serious withdrawal!  I’ll come back to my hotel room and devour the online news I have missed during the day.

The weekend after, the friend I visited in Hawaii will be back on the mainland!  I am looking forward to seeing him.  I always enjoy his conversation and company.  I don’t get to enjoy either of them very often anymore.

I’m contemplating extending my AmeriCorps*VISTA term of service another month. It will give me another month of guaranteed income and will let me keep my apartment until my PA classes start.  My supervisor will be leaving at the beginning of July for maternity leave.  This will help allow me to help ease the transition of my duties to the new person while my supervisor is gone.  I’m curious to see how it will be working without her.  It will be even stranger leaving.  I am truly blessed with my coworkers and my job.  We have a close group and we work very well together.  Everyone is very supportive of one another.  I will miss the family feeling when I leave.  Luckily I will be close enough to keep in touch!

Well this turned rather introspective and may be boring you so I’ll finish this up now :-p  I promise to come up with something useful in the next few weeks!  Hopefully the conference will inspire me, hehehe.

Photo credit: retro traveler

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Giving Thanks

thank-youIn my last post, I wrote about some of my frustrations with keeping up with my blogging and with life in general.  Thank you so much to all of you who reached out to me in various ways with messages of support and encouragement.

Since I moved, it’s been difficult for me to adjust.  I have been surprised at how much trouble I’ve had establishing a reliable support system.  The friends I have found here though are amazing and I am so blessed.  Part of the problem is I am used to be so surrounded by my dedicated friends from home.  Terrible problem to have, I know 😉 What has surprised me most of all has been the friends I have made through social media.

I used to be skeptical of online relationships of any kind.  I didn’t understand how close bonds could be formed with people I had never met.  However, the support, and yes friendship, I have gained through my online interactions have surprised me.  There are people I have never met in person that I know I could count on as much as I count on my other friends to lend an ear.

I know how fortunate I am to have so many people interested in my life and who care about me in some way or another.  I’m working on my issues and hopefully with their continued help and support I will one day have better coping skills for myself.  I am working on letting go and enjoying the ride and what a wonderful ride it is with all my friends and readers to share it with.  Thank you.  Let me know if I can ever return the favor!

Photo credit:  mandiberg

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