February 2013


This last weekend I celebrated my golden birthday. I turned 23 on the 23rd.  I had been looking forward to that day since I learned what a golden birthday is.  I have to admit that my birthday was not all that golden.  It was honestly one of the worst days I have had in a while.  

I was at a conference interviewing for jobs, in a city that I had never been to, with no one there to celebrate with me. It was horrible.  I had to leave, so I did.  My interviews went great though in case you were wondering but I’ll talk about that a different day.

When I made it back to Little Rock a friend made me leave. She wouldn’t allow me to sit alone on my birthday so we went to the Lanterns! festival.  It was not what I was expecting at all but I did get to release a lantern and that was pretty cool. 

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Releasing the lantern

And then I came home and enjoyed some time alone.  But the next day is what I want to talk about.  The 24th is a good friend’s birthday so we went out for dinner and just talked about life and how everything was changing for us.  It was awesome.  Then we came back to my apartment to watch The Walking Dead with some of our other friends.  

What happened next was not expected at all and I am so thankful and happy to have some amazing friends.  Well, my friends showed up at my apartment with pizza, a cake, noise makers, and birthday hats.  It was amazing! 

They wanted to celebrate my birthday with me. And to celebrate Stephen as well. I honestly have no idea what I would do without these people. They are some of the best people that I have ever met and I’m so glad to call them my friends.

So, BriAnna, Brady, Matt, Sergio, Decarlos, Jordan, and Tyler, thank you for taking the time to come and celebrate with me. It really did mean a lot and it made my sucky birthday into a pretty amazing birthday weekend. 

In one week I will celebrate my 23rd birthday.  I don’t know how to feel about that because I’m about to close a HUGE chapter of my life. I graduate from college in just a few months. This is my 5th year, so yes I’ve been here longer than I should but this place has been so good to me.

I’m so sad because I know that I am leaving.

I will be leaving the amazing people that I work with.

I will be leaving the friends that have become my family.

I will be leaving the campus that has made me into the person that I am today.

I will be leaving the place that I consider my home.

I don’t want to admit all of these things but it’s true.  I will not be attending grad school here so I have to leave.  I have to go somewhere new and start over. That scares me. No scratch that, it TERRIFIES me.  I don’t like change but I have to accept that this part of my life is almost over.

I’m going to take the next few months to dedicate posts to the people, places, and things that have had the biggest impact on my life.