Monday, May 25, 2015

I love WA

Hey everyone! Sorry. It's been a long time. Sorry. I just...sorry.

(I suppose since no one reads this I don't really need to apologize, but whatever.)

Well, since I last wrote I have finished my Sophomore year at BYU, so I'm officially a Junior! Yay! I actually really enjoyed all my classes this past year, and I made a lot of really good friends at school, so coming home for the summer was pretty bittersweet.

Which leads me to my next announcement...I'm going to CHINA! In about nine months I will be in the Jucheng School in Zhongshan, China teaching English to a group of adorable children. I am really, really nervous and really, really excited. I have had a huge desire to travel for a while now, so this is an amazing opportunity. But at the same time, I have never traveled internationally before so I'm a little concerned about that. I know it will all work out, but...well, you know. I'm a pretty paranoid person. Whatevs.

That being said, I am not going back to BYU in the fall. It didn't really make sense to go back to Utah for just one semester since Utah's minimum wage is super low and Washington's is super high, plus here I don't have to pay for food or rent since I'm living with my parents (thanks mom and dad!). Currently I am catching up on "Criminal Minds", exploring our property, and spoiling Solo to make up for all the months I've missed him. It's been pretty great. My family is going on vacation in June, and right when I get back I'll resume my nanny job I had last summer (so excited!), then I'll have to get another job in the fall to make some money for this trip.

I don't want to drag this on for too long, so let me talk a little bit about my title for this post and then I'll get out of your hair. Like I said before, I've spent a lot of time outside since coming home. Living in a city for the past year has reminded me how much I miss nature and living in the country. A few days ago I hiked to the top of the mountain we live on with Solo.

I'm so lucky, right???

Seriously, that view.

It was awesome because it reminded me that even though I can get really caught up in how badly I want to travel the world, this is always going to be the most beautiful view to me. It reminded me that I can never let myself forget to reconnect with nature, no matter where life takes me. And it reminded me that home is the best place ever. The view is gorgeous in itself, but it is even more beautiful to me because of all the memories it holds.

(Solo cheesin for you all:)

Well, that's all I have today!

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