A Familiar Face That Became a Friend

This weekend I get to stand next to my dear friend, Courtney as she says, “I do.” to the man of her dreams.

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I remember the first time I saw Courtney. It was the first semester of my freshman year of college in history class. You know that class that no one talks to each other because you don’t want to be there. Well, Courtney and I never spoke two words to each other that semester. It wasn’t until the next semester in an English class that we finally talked. I found out she was an Elementary Education major like me. We sat next to each other that whole semester and had classes together our sophomore year too. But I’d say we didn’t really become friends until our junior year, when we started taking courses that actually pertained to our major. I walked into that first class junior year happy to see a familiar face. Courtney’s face. And the rest is pretty much history. I don’t think I could have made it through my college years without her. From sitting next to each other in those boring college classes, to late night texts about assignments and encouraging each other to stay focused. To being each other Valentine’s day dates, shopping sprees, dance lessons (trying to teach me to dance) to listening and humoring me when I get on my soap box about agriculture stuff. From celebrating our accomplishments, life events, crying and laughing with each other through it all, we became dear friends. Courtney is a beautiful person inside and out and I am so blessed to call her one of my best friends.

To sum it up, happy wedding weekend Court! Thank you for being that familiar face and friend I’ve always needed. I love you and cannot wait to see where our lives and friendship lead us next!

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It Happened. I’m a College Grad.

Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.

Last Sunday I graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a degree in Elementary Education.  It was also Mother’s Day, so I was able to share the day with my lifelong educator, my Mom.  This milestone was a rough one for me to accept. Sure I am going to miss being a college student with all its wonderful perks. It’s hard for me to grasp that I am growing up.  I am figuring out who I am and what roads I want to take and trails I want to leave behind.  It is has been hard for me to accept that this is the first chapter of my life that my Dad won’t be apart of.  He got to see me start my college career.  The truth is I am scared of entering a new life chapter.  I am afraid of failing and not making the right decisions.  I have never been a perfectionist, but I do like to do things right.  And, well, I hope that I am doing life right.  These are the words that I am trying to live by right now, “Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.”  I need to remember that it’s okay if I don’t have everything figured out in the beginning of this new life chapter of mine.  It’s okay if I can’t do things right the first time.  I will get.  I will catch on and get to where I am supposed to go.  If it takes some time for me to get there, than so be it.

So, what’s next? I am looking for teaching jobs. I am being a bit picky right now. That will probably change, but I need to do what’s right for me. I want to be in an environment that fits me and my teaching style. So, if any of you readers know of any schools hiring in Central Indiana let me know please and thank you!

To sum it up, right now I am enjoying being a 22 year old college graduate with her friends, trying to figure out this chapter called, “Life After College.”

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Have a fabulous Wednesday!! What are your words to live by when you are entering a new life chapter?