Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Difference 3 Years Makes

This ever adorable picture of me was taken during my first week of college at Utah State University.
I was still figuring out who I wanted to be (hence the peace signs).
I was new to living on my own, without parents, and adjusting to a roommate.
I had just struck up new friendship and rekindled old ones.
I was living entirely off my parents.
I was job free, and worry free.
I knew where I wanted to go, but not so sure how I was gonna get there.
Life was so incredibly good.

Flash forward three years.

This equally adorable picture of me was taken during my first week of nursing school
(excluding summer semester, roll with it)
I am incredibly happy with who I've decided to be.
I am a seasoned pro when it comes to living on my own, and having my own
bedroom is so totally worth the price.
I have successfully kept friendships with good people, and learned to weed out the people who aren't.
I live entirely off my own dollar.
I work part time, and have a lot more worries to manage.
It took me long enough, but I got where I wanted to go, and now I'm working to stay there.
Life is so incredibly good.

Would I have guessed that it would take me 4 nursing school rejections before getting in?
That I'd leave the school I loved and go to community college to finish prerequisites?
Yeah right.
That I'd work full time as a medical assistant for a full year?
Uh-huh. Sure.
That I would move to Orlando Florida and spend 5 months at Walt Disney World?
No way!
That I'd write a missionary for a full 2 years, but then be told to change directions?
That I'd move to Price, Utah for nursing school?
Where's that?

Life is so unpredictable, and I have learned to find joy in the journey.
I'm grateful for this blog, that has allowed me to journal for the first time in years.
I'm grateful for my family, who I love so very much.
I"m grateful for the friends who have made me who I am today.
I'm grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I"m grateful for my life.

Life is so incredibly good.

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