Twenty-Six & A Half

Since the moment I landed in Chicago and told the random stranger on the plane next to me that I’m officially an RN, life has felt unreal, like an escape to heaven. The pain of the past 10 months has washed away and been replaced with a fresh new perspective and renewed my mind and soul. I am so happy right now and excited for the future because I made it through one of the worst times of my life– the past 10 months were nothing short of one of the most difficult times of my life. But I came out the other side, stronger and wiser and much happier than I’ve ever been before, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.


My 3 weeks at Camp Legacy helped renew and refresh my soul and reminded me to be proud of who I am within my faith despite any external circumstances life throws my way. I became a registered nurse and got my first nursing job. I am ready to work towards fulfilling my greatest purpose in life and help others live their healthiest life by example. I got closure from my past relationship in the best possible way, found out I have the capability within me to love again someday, and that there is nothing missing in my life and I have everything I could ever need inside of me. I made so many new friends and gained motivation to continue to meet new people and have new experiences. Perhaps the least expected and most significant change is that I am no longer saddened about my past or anxious about the future; I have learned to trust in God fully and completely for whatever is to come ahead. 

The last summer break of my life has been absolutely amazing and I am ready and excited to start my new job. I’ve also come up with a couple of new goals including learning more about certain religious ceremonies, obtaining a year-long membership at the dance fitness studio and opening myself up to new people and relationships. It has been a while since I’ve been able to say that I truly feel good in all aspects of my life- faith is the most important part of me, but living fully in each moment, loving every person that I come across, and laughing at life bring me a simple joy every single day that makes everything so much easier and worth it. 

In other news, today is close enough to my half birthday that I celebrated with a spa half-day and my wonderful mom paid for half of it. Even though I had a terrible experience at one of the salons, the hair salon and massage place more than made up for it and I ended up getting exactly what I needed! Downs of the day were when I realized my sunflowers died while I was away at camp because I forgot to delegate someone to water them, our main tree in the front yard fell on my car after last night’s crazy tornado storm, and there are not one, but two trees growing inside our swimming pool. Even though I have a million things to do, I am just so thankful for everything I have and looking forward to every new day! I am off to finally  make my summer playlist and then head to bed, but I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday!

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