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Lows

What do you do when you’re at a really low point? Either in life in general, your job, your relationships? How you handle it can make a big difference, right??

I was a very low point last week. It was the week leading up to our big high school spring break mission trip, which I had been planning/working on since I started my job in October. I worked numerous 12-hour days. The days were filled with making copies of paperwork, finalizing lists, packing materials, weighing materials, making notebooks, changing airline flights, canceling airline flights, shopping. And that was just for the trip in general, not to mention myself trying to get ready for the trip. Oh, and my laptop crashed (which actually I really didn’t care about much by that time).

Needless to say, as the end of the week inched closer, I was exhausted. I was not even yet excited to go on the trip, but knew I would be once we got on the plane and I could breathe, not having to worry anymore about flights, kids, packing, and prepping. It would be a week of camping in my beautiful new blue sleeping bag, 75 degrees during the day working on building a house, spending quality time with my work family, and just being. Well, apparently someone upstairs had other plans.

On Friday afternoon, about 16 hours before our trip call time, I had severe abdominal pain. I went to my general practitioner and she immediately sent me to the ER. To make a long story short, I went to the ER, they ruled out appendicitis (which they really thought it was), admitted me to the hospital, and now, 5 days later, I am finally being discharged to go home. Did they figure out exactly what it was? No; never got much more an infection somewhere. Thanks, doc.

I knew I needed to rest, I was just preferring to do it in a sleeping bag under the stars in Arizona (if that doesn’t sound like a country song lyric….). Now that I have been in a bed for 5 days, I am more rested. Still recovering and it will take a little while (I haven’t been able to eat a full meal since Thursday lunch…). Unfortunately my resting and escaping had to be at the hospital, but maybe God knew that was only place I would do it (not that God wanted me to be sick, but I have to think there’s a plan behind it somewhere). And at least I didn’t get sick on the trip (wayyyyy more miserable.)

 

Anyway, what do you do at your low times? Simply rest? Escape? Go to a certain place (hopefully not the hospital).


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It’s ok.

I am a woman with a plan. Usually. However, 7 months ago, when I completed my masters program, I was lost. No job. A kind-of, sort-of, general idea of what I wanted to do. For 3 months, I applied for jobs, interviewed for jobs, was rejected for jobs, turned down jobs, and found things to do with my free time. Actually, if it weren’t for those 3 months, I never would have trained for and completed a half marathon, a personal life goal.  But it felt like my life was going nowhere. I eventually found a part-time, temporary job in research at Vandy. Then I found another temporary summer job at a day camp, which I never thought I would be doing at 24 years of age.

Now, exactly 3 months from turning the big 25, my life still feels aimless. Sometimes. I was recently asked to fill a position at the church in the youth department. I am definitely excited about the opportunity, but it will definitely not be a stress-less job and there will be a learning curve. Luckily, I get to ease into it and for the next 2 months will be at the church part time and still at Vandy part time. I am anxious to get into a routine with the two jobs and begin really learning my new position, which will eventually be full time. I have done pretty much the same thing for the past 2 years in the research world, so I am ready to work on something new.

I have learned a lot. Although our parents may have “had it all figured out” by their mid-20s and were on their way to earning, saving, marrying, and children-having, most of us do not. We live in a completely different time and most of us in our mid-20s have no idea what life is going to bring. And that’s ok. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be hard or stressful. And it certainly does not mean that’s the way I prefer it. But it’s ok. It’s ok. It’s ok.


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Bueller…..Bueller……

I have serisouly sat for at least 3 days trying to think of ANYTHING to write about this week for my blog. I still have come up with nothing. Seeing as my life is SO exciting, here are just a few things that have been going on in my life lately.

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Still training for the half marathon!! I’ve done two 5-mile long runs and survived….this week is 6 miles, dun dun dun. I had to get new running shoes, which has turned out to be a saga. I know I should have gone to the official running store, but the shoes there are twice as expensive and this girl still has no job. I also should have done more research ahead of time. Needless to say, I’m not quite sure I have the right pair of shoes, but that’s my own fault and I’m trying to make them work seeing as how it’s too late to return them and I can’t drop another $50+ on a new pair. Pray they work out.

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I DO have a job for summer!! Oak Hill Day Camp is know as a great camp, and I am going to be a special needs counselor and get to have one kid all to myself for each session!! I’m really excited, cuz I love one-on-one time with kids. But don’t worry, we’ll also be with a group so it’s not like the kid is isolated with me (boy, that would be a barrel of monkeys).

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My parents visited last weekend for a basketball game and various other Nashville activities. It’s getting harder to keep them entertained and do new things. But we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which I had never been to either, and it was awesome!! My parents enjoyed more than I did simply because it was all the music they grew up on, but I really enjoyed it too. I like all the history-type crap. Nerd in me. We also rode the Big Pink Bus for the Nashtrash Tour, which I highly recommend if you live here or are visiting. It’s a little pricey, but it’s definitely one of those things you need to do once. It’s more entertainment than tour, but you will not stop laughing the whole time.

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Also while my parents were here, we visited the fairly new Belle Meade Winery, located at the plantation. We toured the plantation a few years ago, but I love wine, so we had to go back just for that. There’s no charge to go and you can try all 4 of their wines for free! All the wines are on the sweeter side, from the crisp Carriage House White to the super-sweet Blackberry dessert wine. We bought a bottle of the Muscadine wine, which is sweet but not too sweet. I can’t wait to share it with the roomies! The labels are beautiful and I’m looking to buy a label frame so eventually I can frame the labels of all 4.

That’s about all from me. Not thrilling, I know, but I felt the need to post something. Here’s to hoping my part-time job starts next week!