Denver, one year later….

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One year ago, my mother and I made our way, u-haul following close behind us, through the tiny roads of my neighborhood. I excitedly parked right out in front and ran inside to my new apartment.. to my new life. My mom and I had the u-haul unloaded in two short hours and my apartment was put together and practically unpacked in just a few more hours. My life had finally started.

That first week with my mom, I used my GPS to get me from every single Point A to Point B. I drove twenty miles out of the way for a Target because I hadn’t discovered the one that is just a few minutes away yet.

Within days of my mom leaving, I had started to make friends. I found the local spots in my neighborhood that now feel like home. I embraced each evening with a walk to somewhere new. A beer here, a frozen yogurt there. Everyone was friendly and ready to chat, everyone here was practically as new as I was. Everyone here has that in common – we all came here from somewhere else. We’re all transplants, we all chose Denver.

18 days after arriving I made friends.

One month later, I had my scooter.

Two months after that, I had Jasper.

Within six months my bucket list had close a dozen items checked off.

Now, one year after my arrival – Jasper is full grown, I am developing new and true friendships and can’t imagine my life anywhere else. Michigan lives deep down inside of me but when I think of it, it doesn’t feel like home. It is incredibly distant. It has faded practically beyond recognition.

In the last year I have worked three jobs. Had two apartments, and two roommates. I honestly feel like I’ve been here three years. I am not shocked at how fast the time went by, because I feel like I’ve been here longer than anywhere else (Flint, Lansing, East Lansing) But obviously, I haven’t. I have, however, done more in one year here than I did in three years living in the Lansing area. For the first time in my life I feel like I’m living and have lived. I have had a life-changing experience here in the way my life has turned and twisted and landed me to where I am today. I am a degree of happy, settled and put-together that I wasn’t sure truly existed.

Everything, everything is different here. Everything is better. My life feels complete and yet brand new at the same time. I have traveled, I have experienced things, I have done many things in my years, but nothing prepared me for how much more amazing life would be out here. For those of you who aren’t sure… if there is something you really want, something you feel you SHOULD be doing…. if home doesn’t feel like home anymore… make a change. And, do it fast! It’s worth it. It’s hard and expensive and scary and worth every single minute. I found myself here.

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Short and Sweet

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A general life update, I suppose.

Things are great. Its warming up fast here in Denver (except of course today’s little eight inches of snow fall, good thing none of it stuck to the ground..! Never thought I’d ever be wearing gloves and scarf in May…) I’m finding myself so busy, as I have been ever since I got here… that I just can’t find the time to write anything down anymore.

Work is going well, I just passed two months at this new company. My department works hard, and there’s a lot of work to be done, but it’s good to finally be in a place where I’m really doing something everyday.

The anniversary of my arrival in Denver is coming so quickly… it’s shocking how the time has passed so quickly.

My parents are coming for their first visit in nine days! They’ll be here for seven days and I can’t wait to show them all around the life I’ve created here.

My bucket list has been checked off left and right. I don’t even know how long that update will take. I’ve seriously been doing everything.

So I guess this isn’t a real update, however I promise to have one soon.

Thanks friends.

When life welcomes you…

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When you reach a point in your life when you can honestly say you have absolutely nothing to complain about… because even though there are bad things, they’re so tiny compared the masses of happy things you have in your life… I will congratulate you. I will jump up and down and hug you; because this means that you have truthfully learned to forgive and forget. You have learned not to sweat the small stuff, and you have learned that you CAN choose happiness. I am there.

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In a conversation with my mom today I said something in passing, but it wasn’t until later that I realized how what I had said was so incredibly profound. I realized the deepness in the truth of what I had said. I realized where I am in my life today. I told her the following: “There is no child left in me. There is no teenager, there is no early twenty-something. Those parts of me are just gone. I’ve felt this way for awhile but it wasn’t until now that it has felt like I’m 100% there. I am truly happy with who I’ve grown into. I am stuck in a strange transitional phase between where I was and where I’m going, but I’m definitely ready to get there”.

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I’ve been saying for awhile that I am working on something amazing; and I was. I had a series of projects that I started in April, almost one year ago. I started these side projects and they’ve almost all come together. They’re not done, but they’re almost there. All of my goals, my one year bucket list plans… they’re almost all completed. Almost… and there should only be a few months until I can honestly say they’re complete. Never in my life have I been so motivated, and anyone who knew me before and still knows me now can see the changes my life has been through, and the results are wonderful.

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Footsteps.

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My entries are coming around again, full circle I guess.

I wrote once a year ago, and I think a year before that as well, how funny things can be. How funny coincidences are. How each step you make leads to, literally and figuratively to the next step. And, I mean, obviously. Obviously everything that happens is a direct result of other things happening first. But I can’t help but believe in fate, in some form at least. How else can you explain such subtle, tiny coincidences?

Like the fact that timing truly seems to be everything. Each moment in time, each step. Each interaction… it all happens because the second you happen to be somewhere, someone else happens to be there, too.  And if not someone, then something.

Everything comes together. Everything falls apart. Looking back, it all leads to the next step (like I said before, that’s because it has to. Time doesn’t ever just stop).

It’s incredible to me how now that I’m happy, I can’t ever find the words to say. Feeling the way I feel now – I guess it’s indescribable.

The point of this entry, actually, is how grateful I am for the tiny steps, the subtleties, and the right timing. Eight months straight I’ve gotten everything I need. I’ve had the bad news, the bad days, but each unfortunate event has led to the  most amazing results. Some days I feel like I’m in a story.

And this time, it was this blog. This tiny thing I do in my random moments of spare time that has led me to a job that I so desperately needed at the time. So thanks – to those of you who know who you are.

Guys. Guys.. GUYS..?!

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I’m exhausted, and I am getting thoroughly annoyed at the amount of “I’m incredibly interested in you for this position, what time are you available for an interview/phone call/meeting/coffee” and then responding promptly that I’m available and then NEVER HEARING BACK FROM THEM AGAIN. Seriously?

And the amount of times every single day I fill out the same exact responses to each and every question. I’m dying from the repetitiveness of it all.

It’s been twenty-five days.

In the meantime, my birthday has come and gone, as well as valentines day and a visit from one of my closest friends in Michigan.

Valentines day was wonderful because I’m lucky to have a wonderful man by my side. I’m not a celebrator of the day, because it’s stupid. But, we hiked and spent the day together and that’s all that matters to me.

My birthday party went well enough, I have a bit of a birthday party curse and each year it blows up in my face. 26 was no different, but overall I can’t complain.

My actual birthday was amazing, again thanks to my boyfriend who is so incredibly there for me in every situation that I come across. Dinner, Wine, Dessert and the best gifts I could ask for. Probably the best birthday I’ve ever had. I’m incredibly lucky and grateful.

And last, a visit from my best friend from Flint, where I went to college in Michigan, and her boyfriend. It was a short weekend trip but it consisted of everything a trip needs. We spent time outside, we drank, we explored Denver’s art museum and we ate at amazing Denver restaurants. They were beyond gracious considering my financial situation and I couldn’t have asked for a better time with them.

Now, if only I could find a job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiking! Clearing my mind, and training.

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I have been unemployed for a little over a week now, and have spent each and every day applying for every single job I can possibly find that I am qualified for, and walking. I have to walk. I have to stop at some point in my ten hour straight marathon resume-sending to get a break. The stress alone of not knowing how long the money I have will last…   Walking has become my free time to clear my mind and make sure I don’t explode.

I have some pretty exciting hikes planned for the summer, and since it is finally warming up outside after a freezing couple of weeks, I started my spring training early =) So Jasper and I hit the foothills. I haven’t been hiking as much as I’d like, but now that Jasper is old enough to hit the tougher trails, I brought him a long for easier difficultly level to see how he’d handle it.

He did wonderfully, as I expected.
I have a list of all these trails to start hiking, gradually making my way up to the really tough stuff in preparation for the expert trails we’ll be on this summer. Wish me luck kids.

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Another step on an endless path.

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I have everything. For the first time, I truly have everything.

Or, well, wait, I had Everything.

To those of you who know me you already know, but I lost my job on Friday. I was finally on my feet, I was paying down my debt, and paying it down fast. I was finally able to buy myself a new pair of shoes when I needed them, and filling the cabinets instead of purchasing groceries for one meal at a time.

But other than employment and debt repayment, I have everything. I am so thankful that I do have everything that I have. Mainly my friends and family, because seriously…. you guys are AMAZING.So, as far as blogging goes, I think I might slow down a little again. I’ve been spending eight hours a day applying to jobs and sending my resume all over town and going to interviews and blah blah blah. As Tracy keeps saying to me, finding a full time job is a full time job. Mmhm. Yes it is.

That’s all for my general update today. More later.

Excitement in 2014

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My writers block has disappeared. I can’t stop writing lately.

I’ve been keeping up on my entries here, I have an ENTIRE other blog I’m working on that has yet to be published publicly and the amount of actual paper I’m going through at home these last few weeks is ridiculous.

I have so much energy lately. I really feel ready to take on the world. I’ve had my morning smoothie every day since Christmas and I can honestly feel the SLAM of nutrients and vitamins. I am more awake, I am healthier, I am vibrant and AWAKE.

I’m also back into my fitness routine. I’ve been back doing my yoga no less than twice a week for a couple of months now, and I’m seeing the results. My body just works better when I’m doing my regular yoga. I love it.

As far as a general life update, as I’ve mentioned I’m working on a couple of my 2014 goals, the other blog is one of them, I’m cooking more at home (no where near as often as when I lived in Michigan, but that’s the one big difference between living with your significant other and not living with your significant other). I’m saving money and paying down my debt faster than I ever have before.

My parents are coming to visit the end of May. I’m incredibly excited. For the first time I’m really proud of my life and I can’t wait to share some of it with them. 119 more days til they arrive. YAY countdowns. Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while you know how much I love having a countdown.

As for travel plans for 2014 there are a few things on my MUST DO list.

First – MESA VERDE. Duh. It’s been on my bucket list since fifth grade and now I live within driving distance of it.

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And my final really important travel goal is my trip to Indy in July for Trevor and Elizabeth’s wedding. I will max out credit cards for that wedding. I don’t care. PRIORITIES PEOPLE!

Ok that’s all for todayyy enjoyyyy your weekend everyone!

The year of betterment…

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2014 is my year of betterment.

2013 was my year that I knew was going to be amazing. I knew my life would be changing but I didn’t know how, and it sure did change. The end of a very long and serious relationship, my move to Denver, I got my dog, a roommate, a change in career type, and the start of a new relationship.. the list goes on. I knew it would be life changing in somehow, but I never imagined it would’ve been as big and as amazing as it was.

2014 however, 2014 is my big year of betterment.

I’ve been staying up late making lists, which, if you know me.. well, I don’t know. I guess there isn’t a point there, it’s just something I do. Every couple of months my mind comes back around and looks over my life and starts creating lists. Things I’m doing well, things I need to be better with. Last night was my list making night and overall, I’m highly impressed with how much happier, healthier and just overall more wonderful not then I ever have been before. Life is truly good. There are, however, always things that can be better.

I’ve come up with plans, big plans. They’re all just things to do in my free time, but they exist and I’m excited for them. Some of which I’ve wanted to do for years but never felt I had the ability to accomplish. For the first time I have the confidence and motivation to really put my heart into these projects that have always been on my back burner.

I can’t wait to introduce you to the things I’m working on. I’m not ready for my big showcase yet, but there will be one, and I’m really hoping all my hard work pans out. You’ll see the news on the blog. I’m hoping within the next two weeks.

More to come… =)

Boglen Boggles.

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I get so many requests for information on my dog. SO MANY.

By popular demand…!

JASPER!

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First and foremost, he has his own instagram Go! Now! Jaspergram1 

Secondly. He is a Boglen Terrier. Some call them boggles but I don’t, because there are a lot of debates on the specific mix that makes a “boggle” while Boston Terrier/Beagle mixes are straight up just known as Boglen Terriers.

He’s my prince charming monster. He is the sweetest animal I’ve ever known. Honestly, just genuinely sweet. Mild tempered, caring, snuggly. Yet at the same time he’s a hyper beast who wants to run at high speeds and destroy things. Just depends on the day. The one thing I can say for sure is that he brings me much much much more joy than he does frustration.

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Boglen Terriers are supposed to be around 25-30 pounds full grown, however mine was the biggest of his litter and is already 31 pounds at 7 months old. His little brothers are much smaller from what I hear, I keep in contact with their owners via facebook.

He is mild mannered, great with kids, adults,dogs, cats, whatever. I live in a very busy community and we meet 10 dogs or so on each walk we take. We go to the dog parks and we meet and play with strangers regularly. He’s always pretty well behaved. He is a little stubborn sometimes, but that is part of his personality. And to be completely honest it’s more or less because he wants to snuggle or play or hang out with you and doesn’t want to do whatever it is he’s being told to do instead. However, he’s still a puppy and I believe that’ll change as he continues to settle down and grow up.

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He’s silly and I adore him.

He was more expensive than I was expecting, but at the same time he isn’t insanely ridiculously expensive like I kept being told he would be. I buy him toys as he wears them out and they need replacing. I buy him bones all the time because nothing can distract him better than a bone when there are things I need to do. I bought him a bed that was way too big for him, but he loves it so that’s fine by me. I go to an affordable clinic for his care, which took some digging to find, but I found it and I like it. The money that is spent is worth it. 100%.

I got him through a boston terrier rescue. I HIGHLY recommend looking into rescues FIRST if you want a dog. His personality is mostly boston, except his little beagle nose which he never takes off the ground. He sniffs his way through life.

He is brindle. In pictures he looks black, brown, kind of golden in the right light. He has perfect little brindle strips, with white accents. (best picture I can find of that is here: the top corner. sleep stripes):

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Okay well, feel free to ask any questions you have!!! I have gotten request for information, and a lot of people end up on my page because they type “boglen” into google and end up here (thanks google! haha). I can talk about Jasper all day so please, give me the opportunity.

Thanks all, have a lovely day.