A New Adventure Awaits

Dear Diary,
I am nervous.  There I said it. It’s more like an excited nervous like somebody pinch me, oh my gosh I can’t believe this is happening and in less than a week. My life has gone through many changes, quick changes from left to right. I am one to go with the flow, and truly believe that what happens in life, happens for a reason. I can’t tell you why it took me so long to go back to college, or why I choose the major I am in, but what I can tell you is that my life led me to this point.
They say life is about finding yourself, but I’m all about creating yourself. Life comes at you, fast. There is no escaping it, we are forced to make choices every single day and some days are harder than others. Two years ago, when I decided to go back to school, it was more of a feeling. I thought to myself, is this it? Is this as far as I am going to go in my life and career? I looked around, and although I was blessed to have a job and a roof over my head, I truly believed that there was so much more. I didn’t want to wait for life to happen, I wanted my life to begin.
You can imagine how hard it’s been working full-time and going to school full time as well, it’s been the hardest balancing act of my life. There would be nights I cried myself to sleep because I was so disappointed in missing out on my daughters day and endless tears because I missed my husband so deeply, that I questioned myself every day, I always prayed and asked for peace. Slowly my fears and anxieties vanished, and there was joy in the chaos. My husband and my daughter loved me every single day and supported me through it all. I couldn’t have asked for a better support system.
Now that those two tough years are behind me, I’m ready to embark on the remaining two. Only this time, things are going to be a little bit different. I have always believed that we should never burn bridges, and although I no longer work at my full-time employment due to conflict of scheduling, I have been given the gift of flexibility from a previous job to work from home while going to school. It is a blessing! They say when one door closes, a window opens (or another one always opens) and it’s true. It really is. Sometimes we don’t always see the silver lining, but it’s there waiting for us to reach out and take it.
Next week another round of chaos begins, a new job, a summer semester and I honestly can’t wait. I’m only that much closer to reaching the finish line… let the adventure begin.
For those who have come to my painting classes at the studio, I will still be teaching those as well. 🙂 I can’t stop doing what I love.

Life Lately (May-June 2015)

Dear Diary,
I would be lying if I said I missed you, because truth is, I’ve been soaking up all the important stuff lately. You know like millions of kisses from my baby girl, and endless hours of snuggling with my boo, not to mention graduations (my niece and mine!) and so much fun memory making that I truly had no desire to bust open the lap top and write.
However… me not missing you, is not in like a “I totally don’t need you” kind of way, but rather… I’m so happy that we’re the type of friends that totally accepts how busy we can get, and then pick up right where we left off. Because, real friends totally get that life happens and dont hold it against each other. BTW, I love you.
Tonight, I was finalizing some upcoming plans and hanging out with my munchkins and started perusing through my photographs, and I realized that what makes this little place on the internet so special, is that it’s mine and it helps keep my thoughts and memories together. That’s where this all started, from the love of documenting my life and all that in between. So I decided that for the next thirty days, I’m gonna do this sh*t because there is so much going on, that I want to hold it all dear to my heart forever!
So for starters, what the heck have I been up too?
1. I graduated with my associates this May, and am all ready to start the junior year at the university.
2. My oldest niece is the first of the bunch to graduate high school. I got so emotional that I pretty much cried the whole day, the whole week, heck who am I kidding, the whole month leading up to it.
3. I resigned from my full-time job to make room for my university schedule which does not work with me. It’s always hard to say goodbye, but I know that I will see them again once I have that degree in my hand and can teach the kiddos, that’s the plan after all.
4. I started teaching at a painting studio which totally rocks my world, and has opened the door of wonderful opportunity.
5. Probably one of the most important things to happen is that I had the chance to take a few weeks off and unwind. I got to spend some much-needed R&R with my loved ones. I hit the reset button and got to spend a nice weekend at my sister’s ranch, fishing, waking up to the beautiful sunrise with coffee in my hand enjoying God’s beautiful gift to us, life.
(first photo above is her backyard, epic right?)
All in all the last few months have been amazing, just this week we wrapped up a fun mini vacation in Dallas. We explored the aquarium, it was the first time with our little one and fell in love with the science museum next door, it was a day to remember. (check out my Instagram to catch up on some of the pics.)
This upcoming week is my last week of vacation, I officially start school this July with a summer semester before the fall. There’s nothing like getting your feet wet. Awe, which reminds me, today starts our 30-day countdown to Cancun. Yes, you read that right, CANCUN. I can’t wait to have my toes in the sand overlooking some beautiful beach scenery. It’s going to be a trip to remember, and did I mention it’s adults only? The hubs and I are ridiculously excited, we never went on a honeymoon, so this is kinda a big deal for us. It’s a great way to end the summer and celebrate all the amazing things that have happened in our lives. So the next thirty days… be ready for it. Love ya bunches.