Something about “Starting Fresh”

Returning from Mexico, I instantly became, well, depressed. I mean for the last 5 months, my life has consisted of planning and preparing for my Mexican Adventure with Contiki and I didn’t really know what to do now that I had returned. I tried to jump right back into the swing of things (work, gym, play) but something was missing.

My lease was about to end and I didn’t want, nor was I going to stay where I have been living for the last year of my life. I was tired and bored of living along and it just wasn’t the right fit for me anymore. I spend most of my time in Seattle and knew it was time to make the move to the big city. It took about a month of searching, email and interviewing (and panicking) before I finally found my perfect new home. This new home was in the heart of my social life, but was different than any other living situation I’ve ever put myself into. I mean, I’ve lived with roommates before but never more than 2 ladies. This house has 5, yes 5, total women (including me) living in a three-story three-bathroom home built in the year 1909. It sounds like tight quarter, being there are 5 of us, but in reality, this home is fairly decent in size and besides now I have 4 new amazing friends in my life. Talk about stepping out of my comfort zone, but that’s what Mapless Adventures is all about.

This house is located on the east side of a lake just north of Seattle and with nothing but the lake in view from our balcony, we get to end most nights watching the sunset across the lake and feeling blessed to be given the chance of a lifetime to live where we live. God has been so good to me this year, and I think he has something in store for me this year by opening up this opportunity to live in a new home, in a new city, with new friends.

But the “starting fresh” doesn’t end with a new living situation. Shortly after finding my new home and while searching online, a posting was found about a job opening at a facility located just 1 mile west of my new home. After applying and going through the interview process, I was offered this new position and started only 2 short weeks after moving to Seattle. This news basically means I only had to commute 45 minutes south for 10 working days. I have been driving no less than an hour to and from work for the last two years, and now my commute to work is under 5 minutes. Honestly, I don’t even have to drive if I choose not to, I’m only 1 mile from work. Talk about a blessing in disguise. If you commute to work, you have my sympathy. I didn’t even move before I was dreading driving to and from work 45-60 minutes each way.

I know this isn’t normally the type of post I write on Mapless Adventures, but both moving and accepting a new position were not part of my plan. I don’t know where I’d be if I decided not to take a chance and move into a house with four amazingly beautiful and kind women and starting a new job with less stress and less driving. I feel like this year has been one of my best years to date. I’m eager to see what else God has in store for me for the remainder of 2014. Stay tuned for more Mapless Adventures.

New Job, New Location, New Adventures

Well friends and family, it’s official!
I have accepted a position as a Clinical Fellow-Speech Language Pathologist!!!! The position is in a skilled nursing facility located in Aberdeen, Washington. If you don’t know much about Aberdeen (as I don’t really), the first thing I will tell you is that’s it is famous for being the hometown of none-other-than the famous Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, both from Nirvana. Yes, that’s right, Nirvana members…maybe I’ll fall in love with the next famous rock stars.

It’s a town located in Grey’s Harbor located on the Olympic Peninsula roughly 2 hours outside Seattle and only 20-25 minutes away from the pacific ocean!! It’s going to be a change living that close to the beach. Though I don’t think you’ll ever hear me complain.

The weather has beautiful so far. Tuesday= raining & 50, wednesday= 50 & partly cloud, and today was sunny, windy & 50. Yes, I know that Washington is known for rain, but even with the rain, it can be 50 degrees outside. It will take getting use to but all in all I don’t think the weather is going to bother me.

Aberdeen is pretty much a lumber industry location, but recently, it’s became the home to the Pontoon Project (as people here refer to it as). Basically, people moved to town to help rebuild the pontoon boats that hold up the floating freeway in Seattle. It’s only temporary but I’ve been told its good for the town.

One of my favorite aspects of this location (besides the ocean) is the fact that’s it’s so outdoors-y. Everyone goes fishing, hiking, clam digging, kayaking, and hunting. I’m looking forward to having so much open land around me and so much unknown surrounds. Between the Washington coast, Olympic National Park, Mt. Saint Helen, Mt. Rainer, plus more, my weekends are going to be packed full with adventure. I’m already starting a list of things I need to see/do while living here. Don’t worry though, I will make sure to keep you updated on all my adventures.

Today, was especially exciting for me because I have found a place to live. I guess the move is official now because theres no going back on signing the contract and a lease (haven’t really done either yet but I pretty much am going to).

I know I have bombarded everyone with a ton of information, but I’m extremely happy about my future here in the beautiful evergreen state. 

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