Monday, May 24, 2010


Hello everyone!

It has been quite a long time since I last updated. I think I find travel adventures easier to write about than normal life adventures. Although I have been told I should start doing that.

Here's a quick update on my life:

1. I graduated from Taylor University on May 22 with a BA in Media Communication.
2. I leave for Europe tomorrow for 2 1/2 months. Two of those weeks will be spent traveling Spain, Venice, Switzerland, and south France with my best friend Katie. The rest of the time will be spent doing what I did last summer in London with Operation Mobilization.
3. When I am finished with OM, I will be flying back to the states with my friend Hannah who will also be working with OM this summer, and we will hang out in her home state, Minnesota and look for potential jobs in Minneapolis.

this is hannah and me as we try to imitate the stereotype of "graduates in a movie"

Here's how I'm feeling:
Graduating is a strange thing. My thought process has been something like this: "Wait, I don't have to do homework ever again? Am I supposed to feel crazy? Everyone is asking me how I feel during this great transition. What transition? The transition from leaving school on Saturday and leaving the country 3 days later? Or the transition from school to no school? Will that question finally hit me when I don't go back to school in August? Am I supposed to be pondering graduating? I don't have time to think about that. What about my friends? Will I ever see them again? Why didn't I get to say goodbye to everyone at school that I wanted to? Will I ever even speak to them again? I most certainly will never see them again unless by chance. Where do I want to live? Where do I want to work? Should I be thinking about that when I only have 3 days to pack, repack, throw a party, and leave again? Where are my passport and plane tickets again?"

Here's my hope for the future:
The future to me is the time period from May 25 to August 15. I'm extremely excited about what this summer is going to bring. I can't wait to spend time with my best friend tramping around Europe and being free from school and every obligation. I'm hoping this will be a great time to catch up and reconnect with Katie and just soak in our new stage of life.
I'm equally excited to spend the rest of my summer in London and ending with the youth conference in Germany again.
Then, I'm looking forward to a few relaxing days in Minnesota to debrief the summer with Hannah and our good friend from school, Ryan, who also lives there.

Like last summer, I'll keep you updated as frequently as possible, and hope that you will continue to read and keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I embark on a new chapter of my life yet again.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your accomplishments! When you get on the plane you are going to have 8 hours to relax all by yourself. Just take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the summer. All of the rest will fit together as you pray about it. You and Katie are experiencing something you have talked about since you were little girls. Your great adventure!! Just enjoy it and don't worry about all the details that time will help you sort out. Our prayers are with you. Love, Jan

Anonymous said...

Stumbled onto your blog--Fun. Can't wait to more adventures! Carl