Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lots to share

So for starters... I know I've been away for a while and part of the reason is because I am so frustrated with my blog that I can't even stand it. I swear I get it decorated all cute and then... I log back on and everything had disappeared. So I apologize to all you amazing bloggers out there that mine is so *blah*. I know for me, I check out a lot of your blogs because they are always decorated so cute, so I hope that some of you will continue to read mine even though it is dismal and sad.

Well I'm back and boy do I have a ton to share. Probably best that you grab a snack, a drink and a chair because you're going to be reading for a while. I'll try and cut to the chase of all my fun adventures over the summer so you can fully enjoy what I've been enjoying.

Lets see... where do I begin. Well the first few weeks of summer were kind of sad for me. I was in a funk and couldn't figure out what was holding me up. I realized that I wasn't feeling as though I was doing anything with my life. I was stuck in a rut and didn't have anything to help dig me out of it. So I decided to change things a bit and am happy with the outcome. Here are a few things that have been consuming my summer...

Boating.. my new favorite past time. I am blessed to have Michael in my family. My sisters boyfriend who has a love for boats and likes others to find that same love. (The man has 6 boats for goodness sakes). I spent almost all of May and July boating with him and my sister. So much boating that I was keeping up a nice tan and finding peace relaxing in the water.

Reading... another passion of mine. I've noticed almost all the girls in my family have been on this reading frenzy. I'm the slowest of the bunch. My sisters rapidly finish two books in the time it takes me to complete one. My excuse... they aren't reading text books on top of regular fun books. I used to be obsessed with buying movies (my wonderful friend Angie can confirm that)... but I've replaced that with an obsession of books. I LOVE going to the bookstore and picking up books from authors I've never heard about. I'll buy books even though I still have 14 to read. Here is a picture of my bookcase that is slowly being consumed with books. (Not really the best photo... but imagine those are all books on there).

Hiking... I went hiking a couple of times this summer and realized how much I miss the outdoors. Everything screams peace and quiet. I love working up a good sweat in the 90 degree weather (I'm really not kidding) and seeing nature at its finest. Unfortunately I'm not all that close to the mountains like I was in Utah so it takes some planning to get to hike.

Boys... Of course this is always factored into my fun. I've been spending time with cute boys who know how to make me laugh and smile. (For the record... I'm not dating any of these boys... sad day!)

School... though I don't have a picture of school I have been truckin' along with my classes. I am pleased to say that I've been keeping a 3.7 GPA and am getting closer to graduating. I know that many of you are chuckling to yourself and maybe even thinking "wow... you're just now getting your degree." Of course you are free to think that, but a lot is built into this "degree" something none of you may understand. So I am proud of myself.

Lastly, work! I mentioned a few postings ago that my job was disappearing. Frustrated, annoyed and concerned I started to panic a little. I worked diligently with my friend at work on a resume to start looking for something else. Then I had an epiphany... Target is a really good company. I have been with them for (gulp) almost 9 years. Though things haven't always worked in my favor they have supported me. I was presented with an option to promote with them. Be a manager in one of our stores. After weighing the pros and cons... I realized that this was a great opportunity for me. So I decided to start the interview process. I've completed 3 out of the 3 1/2 interviews and have had a lot of success so far. My final 1/2 interview is speaking with my Group Vice President. Its a 15 minute conversation with him and if I do good with that... I got the job.
A lot of changes will come with this... I'll be moving up north. (An hour north of Denver). I'll be getting a place of my very own... living by myself where I know no one. I'll be starting a new job, increase my salary by $20-30,000. I'll be working back in the stores (which I'm actually excited about) and I'll be getting a puppy (YEA!!) (This is a picture of our HR team at work... we went on a fun retreat and got to really experience some interesting things. )

So this is what my life is like right now... I am nervous but also extremely excited about the opportunities that are awaiting me. I was talking to a friend and I told him that its silly to try and plan out your life, because things always work out differently. I never thought that this is where my life would be, but I'm happy with it and happy with the decisions I've made. Good or bad, they've gotten me this far and I think things have turned out pretty good.


Natalie said...
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Natalie said...

Sorry I typed that last comment wrong and had to delete and then re-type.

I am so happy that you have so many fun things going on. But, I am sad that your new job won't be bringing you back here. I had my fingers crossed as I was reading it. Good luck and I am sure you will get it! Send me a list sometime of the books you are reading. I'm always looking for new ones. Love ya girl!

Bre said...

When you said, "grab a snack" I literally stopped reading, went to my kitchen, grabbed a snack, and came back to read. hahahaha.

looks like things are looking great for you! Good luck with your interview. I know you'll kill it!

Adam and Shari Crawford said...

I'm SO happy you had such a great summer! You deserve it :)
I also love that you are finding yourself. With jobs, hobbies, and friends, you can really find peace. I'm SUPER excited you are finding that. You're amazing

Angie said...

I cannot believe you are not buying movies anymore! We would still have a great time and go to Barnes and Noble now instead. Then we could spend all of our money there! It was so fun to catch up and see what has been going on for you. Looks like a lot of fun things are happening and you are staying busy! Guess what? We are coming to Denver soon and we would love to see you! Maybe we can get together for dinner? I will keep you updated!