Tuesday, September 3, 2013

So this is what old feels like

Yesterday I turned 25, which seems so old to me. Here are a few things that I have learned in the last 25 years.
  1. You get out what you put in when it comes to relationships. My marriage rocks, it takes effort, but it's awesome. I couldn't ask for a better best friend and husband. This is true in all relationships, not just my relationship with my husband.
  2. Cleaning only take a few minutes at a time if you do it as you are making the mess. I am still learning to master this art, but I am coming to realize that it really doesn't take that much energy to put my dirty clothes in the hamper instead of on the floor or to get up to put my ice cream bowl in the sink after I finish all my ice cream. It takes so much more time to clean when I let it all pile up. 
  3. If you are waiting around to feel included by someone, you can bet someone else is feeling the same way about you.There have been so many times in my life that I thought that someone probably didn't like me because they didn't go out of their way to make me feel included. I realized a few years ago that there are probably other people feeling that same way because I didn't make an effort to make them feel welcome. Now I look for opportunities to reach out to people who may not feel welcome yet.
  4. It's okay to be silly sometimes. When Scott and I first got married, I think I forgot how to have fun. I was so sleep deprived and stressed about school that I forgot to take the time to just be silly every once in a while. Even just dancing around while I make dinner or singing in the shower can change my mood in a matter of minutes. 
  5. Sometimes life is rough. There are some days that it feels like the whole world is against you, and maybe it is. Looking back on those times I realize that is where I got to learn the most. That is where I got to learn how to pick myself up and keep going. I realize that life always gets better after times like that. 
  6. Never hold a grudge. It just isn't worth it. People make mistakes, lots of mistakes, and sometimes over and over again. I have found that it takes so much more energy to be upset than it does to forgive and forget. 
  7. It's okay to admit it when you're wrong. I have a REALLY hard time admitting when I am wrong. It's easier to move on once you admit that you were wrong instead of trying to find some justification to prove that you weren't COMPLETELY wrong. Pretending to be perfect doesn't make us perfect, it usually just makes the other person mad.
  8. Be Honest. It's no fun getting caught in a lie, and in most situations lying really isn't necessary.  
  9. Heavenly Father answers prayers. It amazes me to see how life always seems to work out. There have been a lot of things in my life that I never would have expected. Those experiences have helped me prepare, and realize just how amazing life is. I don't believe that it's just a coincidence, but often times answers to my prayers.
  10. It's okay if not everyone likes you. I have obsessed about being liked by everyone that I meet. Sometimes two personalities just don't mix well. I'm okay with that. I'm not going to go out and do things to make people dislike me, but I'm okay with not always being liked.  

Working... FINALLY

This was the longest summer of my life... We moved out here with Steve and Heidi at the beginning of June hoping that I would be able to get a job. Well, the job-hunt took much longer than I anticipated. When we came out here, Scott still had an online class that he was trying to finish. Which meant that he was studying all day while I was... doing anything I could to keep busy. After interviewing for two jobs at the Medical School (10 interviews) I was offered both positions. It was nice having an option to choose what job I wanted to take. I decided to take the job working in the Ophthalmology department.

I have now worked for a month, and so far I have really enjoyed it. It is so different than anything else I have done in the past. I work as an administrative assistant to 3 retina doctors at the hospital. Some of the things that come across my desk are pretty interesting. It really has gotten me to think about how I really wanted to be a doctor. I don't think my grades would allow me to, but if I could go back I would probably try to do something in the medical field. Maybe get a Nursing degree instead of my Exercise Science degree. Maybe I will go back to school sometime once Scott is done with school. For now, I get to experience all the behind-the-scene happenings at the office.

Life is good right now, I am so happy to be back to work, Scott is back in school, and we are doing great! Milwaukee has been fun so far, and I think that we will enjoy being out here for the next 4 years.