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Month 4: Okay, well, once again I have gotten way behind on updating this page. Sorry about that if you have been wondering what in the world I have been up to. Things are going well. I am getting ready to tackle semester one finals and final group presentations (which may explain my absence here) and I am starting the third month of my contract work at the greatest place ever (I will share more about this work at some point but I don't want to jinx anything). I am learning that I have ninja time-management skills, that would be useful on a desert island, I think. I am enjoying spending time with people outside of school and work even more than usual - it's such a welcome break to get some encouragement from the people who know me best. And I guess overall I just feel really lucky and blessed to have a chance to try a different path in life, it's never too late!
Week 14: After a whirlwind weekend in Chicago, this week was mostly dedicated to preparing for my first grad school exam - in accounting. I worked on contract work and some other assorted school work but felt like I was mostly reviewing flash cards for the test. Friday was spent at the Kansas City Federal Bank - fascinating place. I survived the test this morning - by reminding myself to breathe and praying for a healthy curve. I am hoping for some extra breathing room this week, since I have this coming weekend off from classes, but I think I'll just have a little more time for schoolwork, gotta love that cycle.
Week 13: This week started out hectic and slowed down quickly. I didn't have much contract work to do after Monday so I was able to hunker down with my homework and attempt to move along my studies. I also was able to spend some time dining with some friends and trying to get on top of some housework that had been a little neglected until now. I leave for a conference in Chicago in the morning so I am sure that will lead to 36 hours of adventure, provided I can get up when my alarm goes off at 4:45am!
Week 12: Well, the week flew by, like a lot of weeks have recently. Life swirls on and somehow it is almost November. Not sure how that happened. I am feeling pulled into a routine of school and work - trying to squeeze in things like time with friends and laundry in between. Despite the feeling of chaos at times (and sheer terror over an upcoming accounting exam), life is good. I am feeling lucky and blessed and those are pretty good feelings for me.
Week 10, 11: Oops, I got carried away and forgot a week in there. These past two weeks have been busy but fun. I have been working about 20 hours a week on contract with an organization that does water, sanitation and hygiene projects in third world countries. Along with that, I have been doing my internship, studying, catching up with friends (old and new), going to physical therapy appointments (2 this week, but I think I am fixed!) and doing more homework. My weekends have been full of classes and relaxing on my couch with movies because after all the reading and writing I've been doing lately I don't have much else to offer. Brian is so nice to hang with me no matter what.
Week 9: This week was spent in Miami (here and here) and the Florida Keys (here, here and here) visiting my good friend Stefanie, who is also between jobs. She and I met through work and have had many adventures together over the past 8 years, including one epic week surfing in Costa Rica. The best part of my week was that I got news of some contract work with an organization I have been wanting to work with forever. I am so excited and I start on Monday!
Week 8: I have established a pretty good routine for now - I honestly spend about 5-7 hours a day on homework, don't be jealous, and the rest of it doing things for my house (getting things done that have been long neglected), my internship (check out my first blog post for them) and taking a little time to relax (one episode of Mad Men at lunch usually). I decided that approaching my days with purpose keeps me going - but I am starting to realize that I might need to stop going for a bit in order to reflect a little to check in with myself and see what might be next.
Week 7: I am still amazed at how fast time flies when I'm not working a regular job. This week was spent mostly doing homework, visiting with friends (having dinner with three different families), doctor's appointments and some errands. It's amazing how when things are crazy busy, we don't take the time to hang out with friends as much - I'm glad we're making the time now. The week ended with our trip to New York City (you can read about that here, here, here and here).
Week 6: I started the week off working at a music festival for my internship with dLONathanson and Maroon 5 - outside with perfect weather. The week was full of meetings, lunches with friends, studying and two full days of classes. It was a busy week. It's strange how even without work time still seems to fly by!
Week 5: This week went by like a blur. I spent the week digging into my internship, having lunch with a friend, visiting my in-laws and enjoying a mini-road trip. I also planned a trip at the end of September to Miami and the Florida Keys to see my good friend Stefanie, can't wait for that! The week ended with setting up a booth at a music festival for my internship and seeing Ke$ha in concert at a different venue.
Week 4: The weekend started with a meeting to start planning the summer camp in Liberia (we still need more teachers!) and ended with Brian and I volunteering at the K.C. Bartending Competition at the Uptown Theater. Monday I started my internship and the rest of the week has been studying, catching up with friends, getting my going-away massage and starting to make good on my pledge to start exercising regularly again.
Week 3: My first week of grad school started with a one week residency where we got to meet our classmates & first semester instructors and crash back into the student lifestyle with a real-life all-nighter, courtesy of our accounting class. The week ended with an enjoyable day at a music festival with my dear friend Alicia.
Week 2: Brian and I ended our trip to Maine with a stop in Bangor and giving airbnb a try. The rest of my week was spent traveling to El Paso for some meetings at the border with some of our friends in Mexico. (You can read about that here, here, here, here and here.)
Week 1: Traveled to Maine with my husband and in-laws to meet up with my assorted family and friends and enjoy a week relaxing in a cabin by the lake. You can read all about that here, here, here, here, here and here.