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I haven’t written here in a while. I have been learning a lot lately. One aspect of my life that is becoming more prominent is my faith. I like to think that I have always been a very faith-full person. I (for some reason) wasn’t so good at exuding this aspect of my life to the world. It is important to me that people know this is an important aspect of my life. Fortunately, Boulder has actually provided me with a very strong faith community to be a part of. I feel so much more connected to this faith community than I have to any other church I have tried to become a part of over the last 6 years.

It is also important to grow in this area as I become more comfortable with the idea of trying to find someone to share love with. The last 13 or so months have proven to be hard on my heart, but I know feel free and open to the possibility of loving again. Its scary to dive back in, but so far it is a good scary feeling that will allow me to experience something I haven’t before.

One thing I am in love with is my new home. I have never felt so at home (in a place other than Quartz Hill, CA) as I do here. I am happy for the blessing of this opportunity. :)

I’ve been thinking

and it has made truly excited to be in the profession that I am in.

Grad school was a learning experience. Theories are interesting. Sometimes applicable. Most of the time they at least provide us with a solid foundation to think on. I learned how to think and challenge and process and question in ways I never had before thanks to grad school. The two years worth of learning that occurred is priceless and I appreciate it so much.

BUT,finally being able to focus on the work that is done as a student affairs professional has been so rejuvenating. We were talking about community development the other day and it truly reminded me of what it feels like to live your purpose. I spent two years learning, exploring and explaining my purpose in this field, but being able to put it into action is amazing! It’s funny too because I feel a passion for Res Life that I wasn’t sure I even had. Knowing that I can be a part of a bigger institution, whose focus is to help students achieve a stellar education while developing as individuals and citizens of the world makes me feel so much more useful in the world. 

Living out your purpose is important. I am one of the fortunate ones who is able to do that.

"To see beauty even in the common things of life"

That is one of the things the Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega tells me to uphold. Living in Boulder, makes this one of the easiest values to live.

I have been here for five days now, and everyday I am in awe of the beauty my new home beholds. More than the physical beauty of the landscape that surrounds me, I have found that the people here have some of the most beautiful souls I have ever encountered. As soon as my parents and I arrived on Sunday night, we were greeted by 8 of my new coworkers waiting to help us unload all of my belongings from the truck into my new home. Trust me… after two days of driving it was a much appreciated act of pure kindness. 

Now let’s talk about the beautiful souls of my parents! They are the most amazing parents ever! I obviously knew that already, but I have been so appreciative of everything they have done for me over the last week and the opportunity they have given me. As much as I know it kills them for me to be so far away, they are putting on a great front in helping me to have this adventure. I would not have been able to do this without them; mentally, physically, emotionally and financially. Mama and Papa Luna are THE greatest.

Finally being able to take the next step in life has been amazing. I just got on the step and I can already tell that it is going to be a great one! Hope, love and faith will get me through. Support and encouragement will keep me afloat. And a sense of adventure will keep me going!

Here are a few pictures from the last few days! :) image

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My last day as a Californian [6.28.13]

EEEEKK!!!!!!!

I’m ready for this! It’s an adventure all my own. Bags are packed, boxes ready to be loaded up, snacks are ready! I’m going on a road trip y’all!

Excited for:

  • opportunity
  • time with the parents
  • adventure
  • new home
  • new job
  • new friends
  • mountains
  • new weather

Nervous about:

  • the heat wave we are going to drive through
  • moving into a place I haven’t seen
  • not being a Californian anymore *only in terms of physical location, obvi I will always be a Californian at heart*

Let’s GOOOOOO!

One Year Later

I don’t want to talk about IT anymore. Being home has made me have to talk. I gave the final few things are back, I packed up lots of boxes and now I am finishing preparing to move.

I’m stronger than I ever thought I could be! I loved hard and hurt badly but I wouldn’t change much from the past year. I’m ready to make my new life for myself. Learn to love again. To trust again. Make some new friends.

I didn’t know what to expect in the post-grad life but it is all coming together nicely! Stay tuned… <3

It’s amazing how distance can heal the heart! I was hopeful that it would, and it has proven to be good! There were times in the last year when I wasn’t sure if I could take it but it just helped me to learn some really important lessons. I won’t find myself in a situation like that again.

Now, I can enjoy time at home with family, find a job and be well! :)

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