#Retired

Retired….also known as unemployed…but I prefer the former.

Truly, I believe that we have it all backwards. We should be retired when we’re young and work when we’re old. I mean really, what better am I going to have to do when I’m old, might as well work. Now…now I don’t want to work, I want to live!

Ok so maybe my past week+ hasn’t been THAT exciting, but when’s the last time you roller bladed, ice deli-ed…twice, planted a garden (or garden to be), biked, walked with friends, ate-drank-and-sunned at the golf course in the middle of the day, cleared out your DVR, played with fun little kids, grilled out, ran a 5k blinged out in glitter and fake diamonds, went to a Cardinals game, made chocolate pancakes, facebooked-pinterested-and-buzzfed, ate straight out of the ice cream carton, got your hair did, watched a storm roll in, country cruised, did no laundry, and had back to back lunch dates with family…all in a matter of 10 massively unproductive days!? I mean honestly, I could get used to this!! Ya, so maybe I haven’t mastered this ‘work from home’ thing yet…but I’ve always been a procrastinator right!?

The next chapter…

So I ((finally)) graduated. Let’s see, I graduated high school in 2004. And my most recent graduation day was May 11, 2013. 9 years, 6 majors, and 1 Masters later…I’m ready to close that chapter of my life. It’s weird really. I can’t imagine a life without school. I really enjoy school and learning. I mean, I guess one would have to in order to stay in school post HS for 9 years; but I like it all…classes, assignments, professors. It’s something that I know I’m going to miss. However, I’ve been especially ready for “the next step” in my life lately. I can’t wait to find a job in school and really have the opportunity to make myself at home. I guess I’m still on that post-graduation, ready-to-conquer-the-world HIGH; but I have so many ideas and I’m just so beyond ready to jump in head first.

I feel like this next chapter has been a long time coming for me…in a lot of ways. The journey getting me here has been long and it has come with a lot of sacrifices, even more than I acknowledge sometimes; but it has been MY journey and it has led me to where I am today, good and bad. And I think I can truly say I’m ready.

So now comes the job search. Right now I’m frantically looking for a source of income, but also trying to preserve my desire to have ‘the summer of our lives’ with a few close friends. Rough life, right!? I guess I shouldn’t be complaining, I just have really high hopes for a summer worthy of the closing of one chapter and the opening of a new one.

So here’s to graduation, summer, and the next chapter! ❤

By Kristin