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Moving On Up to the East Side

Hey friends!

Happiest Friday to you all!

I don’t know about you, but I’m so very happyexcitedsuperduperpumpedandecstatic that it’s the weekend! I tell ya, I’m not used to this whole working, 8-5 thang. And before you go all “that’s what being an adult is like, Wendi” and “they don’t call work a 4-letter word for nothing” on me, I know.

I know, I know, I know.

The good news is I am actually starting to get the hang of my new job; three-weeks in and already I’m getting praise from my boss which is a pretty [insert another 4-letter word here] amazing feeling. And I am starting to enjoy what I do, which is the most important thing.

Did I even tell you guys about my new job yet?

My brain has been having a lot of shortages (or should I say more than usual) as of late so I do apologize if I left you in the dark. I am working at a company called Noel-Levitz, right in the heart of the Denver Tech Center. NL is a higher education consulting firm, which in laymen’s terms means they do research for universities all over the country, helping them get an idea of who their current students are, who their prospective students might be, and how to create the best learning and working environment for both the students and the staff. I get to wear my (fabulous if I do say so myself) nerd hat all day and conduct research, run analysis, and talk with some of the biggest and brightest schools in the U.S.

It’s pretty great.

Plus the people I work with are really, REALLY nice. Which, if anyone of you have worked in an office (or any real professional job environment) know, makes ALL the difference in the world! Although, just between you and me, there is a lady in the office directly across from me who insists on eating a tuna sandwich EVERY fishing DAY. I love her to death, I do. But I think it’s time I had a tuna-intervention. #Gross.

But enough about my job….

Let’s get to the real reason why I am so happyexcitedsuperduperpumpedandecstatic that it’s finally the weekend…

I’M MOVING INTO MY NEW APARTMENT TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For the past month or so, I’ve been staying at my aunt and uncle’s house, giving me time to get settled and used to the area. Moving to a new state and basically starting from scratch is terribly awesome but also a little daunting at first. Having family has definitely made the transition a lot easier. Don’t get me wrong; I have absolutely LOVED spending time with them and am so very grateful that they allowed me to crash their living space for a few weeks, BUT I am so frogging excited to have a place to call my own, my bachelorette pad, my crib (MTV, if you’re reading this and you’re still producing that wickedly addictive but ridiculous hit show from the late 90’s, get at a girl–one can never have too much pimping. Yep, definitely just realized how bad that sounded).

For what seems like forever, I’ve really been living in a sort of limbo; not really sure where I was going to end up due to the not-having-a-job-thing-but-on-the-constant-search, half-living out of a suitcase, half-not. It will be so nice to settle into a routine, decorate, make friends with my local produce guy, maybe join a kickball league? Who knows what I’ll do, but the thing of it is, the options are there for my taking! Moving to Denver was by far one of the craziest things that I have ever done; I didn’t have a job, no real clue as to what I would be doing once I got here, and there were no real guarantees which if you know me, are ALL things I hold near and dear to my ticker. I like having a concrete plan, a set goal, a way of knowing that everything is going to work out in the end.

Packing up my VW-Bug with just some clothes and an over-abundance of books, I made the solo trip across the country and haven’t looked back since.

Yes, moving to Denver was probably one of the craziest things I have ever done, but you know what? It was probably one of the BEST things I have ever done. Sometimes you have to throw a little caution to the wind, take a chance, and rely on the faith that in the end, everything will be OK.

Speaking of having faith, that is something I most definitely will have to have when I try to attempt to put together my furniture tomorrow.

Yeahhhhh…this should be interesting.

Have a great rest of your Friday my peeps and an even better weekend!

The Big Move

Hey guys!

I am so sorry that I have been MIA for so long…

I have been busy up the wahizzy!

To bring you up to speed, let me fill you on the ‘goings-on’ of my life the past few days…

  1. I spent a good majority of the last week cleaning like nobody’s business. I scrubbed, dusted, wiped, bleached, Cloroxed and shined every inch of my apartment. That thing was so gorgeous, you could eat of the walls and floors if you wanted to, making the ‘5 second rule’ that much easier to follow.
  2. Not only am I a HUGE Packers fan, but I found myself one in the same. You see, after my ‘attack of the Martha Stewart cleaning fiasco’ was done, I turned into a full-fledged Packer. I packed and packed and packed. And when I just about had enough, I packed some more.  Boxes and bins and bags oh my! Have you noticed that you don’t realize how much shtuff you really have until you need to pack and move all of it? Wowzas! Spring cleaning? Me thinkst I need to do some ‘fall cleaning’ after this.
  3. Last Friday my parents were kind enough to drive up to Milwaukee to help me move and load my life into my car and trailer. It was rough and brutal (I have got the bruises and gashes and sore back to prove it…next time I will go with by the mantra “Lift with your legs”) but we got ‘er did in under 3 hours.

Now you may be wondering why I was doing all of this? Where was I going? What was I going to do once I got there?

  1. On Saturday, my mom, dad and I got up in the wee hours of the AM, hit the road and made our way to the great state of Georgia. Now I love road trips, don’t get me wrong, but 12 hours is a lonnnngggg time to be in the car constantly albeit a few pit stops for food and gas (and when you’re driving with my dad, you hold it until you can’t hold it no mo), especially when you are in the car by yourself with no one to chat with or pitch-drive for ya. And talk about monkey-butt! Gosh my behind was sore. Thankfully I had my XM radio to keep me company and provide me with entertainment and high quality tunes the whole way down although I will say, I no longer have a voice—singing along to Styxx and The Eagles (yes I am that crazy person who dances and rocks out behind the wheel) for hours on end can do a number on one’s vocal chords.
  2. After two days of being on the road, we finally made it to our final destination…White, GA…aka my home for the year or so.

You see, after much debating (and I am talking can’t-sleep-am-I-doing-the-right-thing-gosh-I-hate-being-an-adult-why-it-life-so-tricky-some-times thinking), I decided to move on back temporarily to my former home away from home (my parents house although they don’t live there anymore) while I go to school to get my teaching certificate. It was a hard decision to make. The day I was to move, I asked myself if what I was doing was the right thing and even asked my landlord if it was possible to change my mind and stay in my apartment. I felt that I was taking the easy way out, that everything I had worked so hard for to get to Milwaukee had just disappeared. I loved my little place, I loved being back in ‘my town’, the city I had always wanted to live and be apart of but after losing my job, things suddenly got murky. When my apartment told me that they had a person already interested in my place and that I could no longer go back, my decision had been made for me. I knew I had to make a change, to take a leap of faith and go after something that I had always wanted to do. So that’s what I did. I decided to go back to school (which I start in January….so excited!!!) to get my teaching certificate and finally be able to have a classroom full of kiddos, eager and excited to learn, all to myself. It just made sense financially to move back, if just for a bit. Plus, I am not going to lie; it is nice being closer to family again. I didn’t realize how much I missed them.

I do still believe that I went to Milwaukee for a reason, just like how I came back down to the little town of White, GA. I learned so much while living on my own, about being independent and responsible. I learned how to change the oil in my car and make a mean chili, how to shovel out of 25” of snow and kill monster spiders who were sneakily trying to take over my apartment rent free. I also learned what I am passionate about and if it wasn’t for me losing my job, I wouldn’t have come to the conclusion to finally go after my dream of becoming a teacher, what I really had wanted to do in the first place. I am not sure what God has up his sleeve for me, but I am thankful for what he has given me, what he has shown me, and what he will continue to bring.

I don’t know where I will end up in life, where I will live or what I will do, but that is what makes it so interesting and exciting!

I want to thank everyone who has been there for me and who have given me the encouragement to go after my dreams. You mean the world and them some to me!

I hope you all are having a great week so far and are treating each day as if it were an adventure!

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