Settling In

Hello Joyflakes!

All of the changes that my family has been going through have finally happened!  I cannot believe that the time has come for us all to settle into our new lives; to be honest, I thought this day would never come.  My brother and his wife get back from their honeymoon either today or tomorrow, my sister lives in New York City and I am the once again, living on my own!  Since it's time to settle into my new life, I've been thinking a lot about how the next chapter of my life is going to pan out.  What I've come up with is a list of all of the things that I am truly blessed with.


I know that I talk about my family a lot but y'all have no idea how amazing they are.  They're supportive of (almost) all my crazy whiplash inducing life plans and goals and for that, I feel like the luckiest lady on the planet.

2. A B-E-A-UTIFUL condo to call my home

Moving into my sisters place started off a little rocky.  I was really scared that I wouldn't feel like I actually had a place to all my own and that I would feel more like a house sitter.  The thing that I didn't realize, is that my sister did an amazing job of picking a perfectly cozy condo that is far enough away from the people and places I grew up with that I don't feel stuck or trapped but also close enough that I can work at an amazing local business.

3. My Job

From what my friends and family and the world have told me, it is incredibly rare to find a job that you enjoy.  Having that at my age without a college degree makes me feel incredibly lucky.  I have bosses who not only push me to learn at an amazing rate, but make me feel comfortable enough to ask questions and learn from my mistakes.  Feeling respected by your boss is something that I know doesn't come easy and it makes me want to work even harder to make sure that I never lose that respect.

4. My health

In July I got the worst news of my life.  My cousin, Kyle suffered a brain injury that has forever changed not only his life, but our whole families.  Kyle and I are about 5 years apart and although we didn't get to see each other very often, some of my best memories of going to our cabin include him.  He is an amazingly intelligent guy with the biggest heart in the world.  His injury means that I will probably never feel one of his famous bear hugs again and I can't help but think of how lucky I am to know someone like him in my lifetime.

6. My amazing friends

Living on your own can get lonely sometimes but every time I've started to feel bored and lonely lately one of my amazing friends has come to the rescue.   Although only 2 of them actually live in the same place as me, it doesn't seem to matter.  My friends are spread all over the country but we not a day goes by that I don't talk to most of them.  It is truly astounding to me that two of my best friends live well over 10 hours away from me and they manage to make me smile daily.  It's so easy to lose touch with people when everyone is moving on with their lives and I'm amazed every day by my friends commitment to each other to stay close no matter where we all live.

There are many many more blessings that I'll continue to count but since it's almost 3 am, I'm heading to bed.

Sleep tight y'all!



P.S. I promise I'll post pictures from the most beautiful wedding ever but until then, check out the photographers blog!  KJ & Rob did an AMAZING job.