Thursday, June 26, 2014

Getting in the Groove

Once upon a time I lived in an apartment in a barn. Surrounded by 30 acres of farmland and horses, and all I could think about was the day I could live in the city. Ironically now I dream about having a barn for a house someday. That being said while I lived at home on the farm I owned two horses and rode three, I went to college classes, worked at a medical clinic, and then came home and cleaned stalls it was amazing! I had a routine and I loved it I also was fit as a fiddle -yes I said it.

I am loving this new found time after grad school really it's not about the time out of class it's the not having a syllabus of assignments looming over my head everyday. I am really trying to whip my apartment and life back into shape in the next few days mainly by getting organized. After all one trait of successful people is being organized. (Although it's a little harder when your married and have to account for 2 people ;)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Oh darling, let's be adventurers

I am about ready to tear into my apartment and start re-organizing and cleaning. It is going to be a LONG process as I don't think I have organized up to me old OCD standards since I moved into this apartment two years ago (thanks grad school!) Honestly it is times like these that I wish the cleaning queen lived closer to me (my mom) That being said, I love cleaning, organizing, and nesting, but something that is really amazing to me is my new found love for travel. I didn't realize just how much I love to wander and I think Paul is just as into it. We love adventure, trying new things, finding hidden treasures and hiking. I don't think we are your everyday outdoorsy people but that doesn't mean we don't love getting lost in the woods or spending the day walking along the beach. Every trip I have ever taken with Paul has been a blast, sure we argue when we get lost, or about who's driving but its fun! A experience that I wouldn't trade for anything. I am so excited to go on our next trip back to the Pacific Beach at Seabrook for the Fourth-of-July! You can let off fireworks there! Plus it's a house full of my family which actually is always really fun! 

I was so focused on taking a wave picture I didn't see all the seals quietly napping on the rocks!

Succulents in their natural habitat 

This rock reminds me of the decorative ones you buy for your aquarium  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Graduation and getting a Masters Degree!

Well, it happened! On June 15 at the Key Arena I received my Masters Degree in Arts Leadership it is actually a MFA. I am so excited this has been a goal of mine for a while. I am pretty anxious about my next steps as I am really wanting to land in a job that I love and can grow in (seriously) I want a job that I absolutely LOVE and have room to move up in, that can't be impossible right? I have been starting to re-write my resume thanks to all the wonderful experiences I had while in Grad School, and I came across this website with examples of creative resumes I know I am not a graphic designer but I am going to try to make my resume just a little more artistic than your everyday template. Anyway, I will write more reflective posts on my Graduate School experience later but for now I am solely focused on my future and next steps... its pretty exciting actually. (I have so many goals lol)


Monday, June 23, 2014

Reflecting on the Redwoods

Paul and I just returned from the Northern California Coast. We had a blast, and I was really excited because I was able to see the Redwoods for the first time. I was amazed I cannot believe how gorgeous they are and driving down the Redwood Highway was unrealistic looking out at trees that were bigger then our car. Paul and I stopped at a park called Lady Bird Johnson Grove on the way home and walked through the Redwoods and even stood inside some of the burnt ones. When I was walking through the forest there were a few ideas that came to mind. First, I was so interested to see when one Redwood dies another begins growing out of it and actually thriving. The other is that the roots of the Redwood are shallow and the tree in general is very malleable and able to grow around other trees and meld together. I know it sounds over-thought but looking at these trees hundreds of years old and yet cascading over the forest-it made me think about life and what someone could learn from them. These are the world’s largest trees, and you would think that they would be more susceptible to breaks, disease, and ultimately extinction and yet they have remained strong and survived because of their flexibility. This is a time in my life where things are a little uncertain in terms of employment, living situations, and my overall next goals but taking survival tips from the Redwoods remaining flexible yet resilient is the key to not only surviving but thriving in an uncertain environment. 

Sneak Peek

Paul and I did a crazy thing a few weeks back... an anniversary hike/photo shoot with Amber French Photography >>> I am so excited about the photos! Here is a sneak peek at the top of Rattlesnake Ridge.