Tuesday, September 10, 2019

one year ago | then & now



One year ago today, I was just a month post-graduation with my master's degree in speech-language pathology. I'd recently finished up my last externship in pediatric home health, where I had firmly decided that I wanted to work with kids, and interviewing all over the place to figure out where I wanted to be. I was working doubles left and right at the restaurant I'd been working at for the past 3.5 years, but I was less than two months away from accepting a position in the public schools.

Now, I'm working as a pediatric SLP in a medical setting at my dream job. I feel challenged literally every single day. I love my patients and their families, and I'm growing more and more comfortable with myself as a clinician and as a professional. The majority of my caseload is early-intervention age children with autism (something I never thought I'd be doing), and I run two social skills groups per week.

One year ago today, I was a few days away from going wedding dress shopping for the first time. We'd just signed with our venue after having negotiated a great rate (note: things happen & we're spending more than anticipated...such is a wedding). We had plans to honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort somewhere in the Caribbean, like St. Lucia...or Bali, if we could just get past the $2,000 plane ticket. We were dipping our toes into the wading pool of wedding planning, and the big day felt light years away.

Now, we're 32 days (!!!) away from getting married. The vendors have been booked, the honeymoon is squared away (see you soon, Kauai), and I'm in the midst of finalizing little details like tipping, event signs, and a hair and makeup schedule. I'm going on my bachelorette party next weekend, and I'm just a couple weeks away from my final dress fitting! It's all coming together. Also, we're spending an exorbitant amount of money on salmon as an entree. So if you're a guest at the wedding...do me a solid, and go for the fish.

One year ago today, I was relishing in post-graduate school freedom. After quitting my full time sales job and starting to work toward my master's degree back in 2015, I always felt like there was something I needed to be doing. Another hour of studying for the GRE, a quick edit to my letter of intent, an exam to study for, a client report to wrap up. I knew that once I joined the professional working world again, my 9 a.m. wakeup calls and weekday trips to the beach would be a thing of the past. And they are.

Because now, the first few days of my week are consumed with work, going to the gym, and sleep. I have about 2-3 hours to myself on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, but my weekend starts at 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

I spent nearly four years working toward the life that I'm living now. Working in a restaurant, while getting yelled at by hangry, entitled business men and women, I'd think to myself, "I am so ready to close this chapter of my life." Looking back, I don't regret those thoughts. I was ready to be done long before I put in my two weeks, but there's something to be said about enjoying a season of life while you're in it.

With that said, I encourage you to take a look around. If you're struggling in school, know that you won't be forever. If you're hating the single life, relish in the extra time you have to get to know yourself (and the extra time you have to keep doing whatever the hell you want). If you're hating your job, know that you could find another one next week. Life has a way of switching up your game plan while you're not looking, so try and take it all in. Chances are, you're doing just fine.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

saying goodbye to summer & looking ahead to fall


As we near the end of August (!!!), my Instagram feed and email inbox have been filling up with fall fashion, decor, and edible goodness. It's still 95 degrees in my neck of the woods, as it will remain for a few more months, so adorable chunky sweaters and pumpkin spice creamer simply feels out of context for this native Floridian. I've always envisioned moving some place where the seasons change; where I can anticipate a dip in the temperature in the evenings, slip on a cream colored cardigan and booties for a Friday date night in September. Alas, September in my neck of the woods typically means a month of active hurricanes with mysterious paths, so I guess you could say it's different.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

the summer i spent planning a wedding



I'd like to say that I've been relishing in the slowness of summer, but that would be a lie. I haven't thrown a hamburger patty on the grill (or watched anyone else do it, for that matter) or spent a full day on the beach sans lightning bolts and downpours.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

what's up with the wedding? vol. 3



If you'd like to catch up, here are the links for volume 1 and volume 2.

At this point in our engagement, I'm constantly getting asked, "how's wedding planning going?" 

Usually the question is prefaced with or followed by a statement along the lines of "sorry, it's probably annoying to answer that all the time," but truthfully, I'm enjoying the process. It's crazy to think that our big day is just about four months away! I think starting a new job has made it feel like the year is flying by, and this wedding is going to be here before we know it. We're already less than 100 days away and we've been engaged for just over a year. AH! Here's where we're at now:

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Friday, May 31, 2019

currently, 2019.

I haven't done a Currently post since September 2018 (what!), and half of this post has been written since April (hence alllll the things in the "watching" section...we've been through a lot!). 

Photo by: Ayana Lage

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