As the summer winds down to a close, I get the chance to reflect on what this summer has taught me and how much I've changed. I am still having trouble believing that it is already going to be Fall and time for another semester of school. Soon it'll be Halloween (my favorite Holiday; lots of exciting things for that month), Thanksgiving, Christmas than another new year is upon us.
I never would have thought this summer would make an impact on me and my life, I just knew I would be doing something exciting (and scary) for the first time. Confused? Let's rewind back a couple of months.
In January, I gave my commitment to serve as a TL for two camps in July, without even pausing to think that I had no idea what I was doing with my faith, how am I supposed to teach little ones. Fast forward to May, the finals were rolling to a close, I managed to scrape past Spanish and Philosophy with passing grades and now brought the opening season for Schlitterbahn, along with the news I'd be promoted from cashier to lead to supervisor all in the matter of 2 days.
June brought my first glimpse of how a Still Water summer would go. It also brought along my first single road-trip ever and that was exciting yet scary because it was right after the Wimberly floods so I couldn't take the planned route, but also because it would be an almost 4 hour car-ride with no one but myself. Although my parents had their concerns, I arrived safely and in one piece (minus a quick panic attack and going the wrong way). Spending 4 days out in Blanco at the Franklin Family Ranch for Tribal Leader training was a beautiful way to start the summer, and it made me extremely excited for camp in July.
July felt like a quick month with myself spending 9 days out at FFR again for camp. But it also brought along the excitement of my little sister starting school. That was a tough day to send her off into the world. After my trip for camp, July crawled by at a snail's pace.
August has been one of the exciting months for me. The first week brought me participating in the first ever Champ Camp down here in Corpus! But it also brought my road-trip to New Braunfels for my absolute favorite band, R5. I am still having a hard time believing that I actually got to see them live and in person. Plus the biggest event in my life this summer happened in August. I moved! Still trying to get used to it honestly. Even now, as I sit in my new room, typing up ideas for posts, it still hasn't hit me.
My summer has been filled with meeting new people, crazy times, highs and lows, trying new things and just enjoying life. Although it was a nice break, I am more than ready to hit up those school books and learn new things for my degree, even though I have a feeling that once school really starts up, I'll be back to counting down the days until summer vacation.
Until next time my lovelies,
I recently just got back from being gone 9 days (NINE!). And as you can guess, I was at camp, no not as a camper but as part of the staff. First camp as part of the Core Team and the second one as a TL, both jobs being exciting and fulfilling.
I know I have spoken about Still Water in previous posts, and all of those have been leading up to this one. I made the commitment early on in the year to help out for Rookie Camp, and I have been counting down the days ever since.
Now that's it is here and gone I am at a lost on what to do with my time until school starts. Isn't that sad? But then again, isn't that how most major events work in people's lives. There is so much hype leading up to the big event then said event comes and goes, and it's like what happened?
I was lucky to go to one camp in my childhood, a Young Life camp, and I loved it, but that was the only one I ever participated in and I feel like I didn't get to fully experience what most kids got to. My heart has always been with kids, my faith and traveling, (and of course photography and writing) so getting to get out of Corpus for a little bit while getting to hang with little ones sounded like the perfect gig.
And it was!
I got to mix being somewhere that wasn't Corpus, hanging out with little kids AND growing more in my faith in one sitting! I don't know how much better it could get. Plus I got to kick around a soccer ball which I have missed immensely. This summer was a struggle for numerous reasons but this trip had me feeling blessed for the lives that I, hopefully, touched, and for the people who have touched mine, everyone from the people I became friends with to the little kids who taught me it's okay to take naps during the day and to always appreciate the small things.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to Still Water for letting me apart of this amazing journey and I cannot wait until next year!
Until next time lovelies,
Photo credit to Still Water
Okay, so it honestly isn't that big of a surprise to friends but maybe to some family members. But I thought this would be a nice way to inform the people.
Yes, I'm moving. No, it isn't very far. It's actually in the same city just closer to school and work. I am really excited because I have never moved to my own place (even though I am sharing with 4 other people), and I am feeling like a little adult. Of course, it is only for a year and if I decide I like it here, and can continue to afford it, I will probably spend my last year here as well.
This wasn't some spontaneous decision either. I did a lot of research of different places because I wanted something for a student budget but also one that was safe and took dogs. Not a lot of requirements but the fair few that mattered. And I was so thankful to have found Aspen Heights, which is student housing but so much better. The homes are actual houses, two stories, ranging from a 2 bedroom home to a 5 bedroom home. Plus they accept dogs, have a dog park for said dogs and is all around awesome!
At first, I had my hesitations because I had my very strong views about not staying at any kind of student housing because it just wasn't me, but after touring the facilities twice, once by myself and the other with my mom, my resolve melted away. I had fallen in love with the place and didn't waste time when it came to signing my lease.
Aspen Heights is probably the perfect place for a student to move to because for me, it is almost down the street from my school but because it's young adult housing and they care for their tenants. I've read so many reviews about how they work their hardest to make sure everyone who lives there is happy.
Now during the last week of August, I pack up everything I have bought and everything I am taking, and move out of my mom's house which to be honest is starting to freak me out a little, but I am so excited because I am becoming me and doing this for me and not for anyone else. I honestly don't think it has quite hit me that I will no longer be able to call on my mom for the little things anymore, and I am just waiting for it to happen.
Counting down the days has become a wonderful reminder from my mom, even if it's in little comments like "21 days until you leave the nest," or "18 days until I don't have to watch Cookie anymore." (Hate to break it to you mom, but you're still gonna have to watch her!)
I do plan on keeping everyone updated with design ideas and decorations as the days come closer so be aware of that but I am also excited to welcome a couple more people into my small group of friends.
So stay tuned for all that and more lovelies!
Until next time,
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."