A Giant Update

Since I last posted on this blog, my life has turned upside down and backwards. I know I have come and gone from this blog many times over the three years I've had it but you know, that's just how life goes. There are ebbs and flows, ups and downs. But here I am, once again navigating post grad life along with juggling the 300 other changes in my life over the past several months. Let's start with the previously mentioned graduating part. On May 15th, I graduated with a Masters of Science of Science of Healthcare Delivery. Although getting the degree was tough with the 9 month program and a lot of adjusting on my end, it is one of the things I am proudest of in life. During my last week of classes, I was offered a full time position as a family support specialist at the hospital where my parents worked at for 16 years. Although this was a bizarre position for me to have even applied to in the first place due to the fact that my parents had just moved in February to Phoenix where I was living at the time,  I quickly accepted. I wanted to start off my career in a place where I felt comfortable and knew the people and culture. Of course, this meant moving back to the small town I lived in through most of my childhood but this time, without my family. In fact, just a week or two before receiving the job offer, my parents found out our house, that had only been on the market for a month or two, had sold. This meant that I finished my degree, moved out of my apartment, moved back to town, and then moved out of the home we lived in for nine years all within the same month. Upon moving out of our home at the end of May (which I could still cry at to this day), I had no place to live until the place I was looking at opened up in the beginning of June. Luckily for me, my amazing boyfriend and his roommate allowed me to stay at their house. The next three months turned into a series of unfortunate events as far as my housing went and finally after living with my boyfriend and his roommate for three months, moving in and out of an apartment, and having a few places fall through, I finally moved in with a friend into a house. 
Don't get me wrong, the past six months of my life were quite a mess but they have been times of so much joy, self discovery, and growth. In those six months, my brother married the love of his life and my best friend became my sister-in-law, my parents purchased a place I can now visit and feel more at home in, I went to beautiful Colorado for a beautiful wedding, I went to Vegas for a weekend of bachelorette partying, I found out what we were scared of being possibly cancer in my breast turned out to be a cyst, I earned a master's degree at newly 22, and the most wonderful part, I fell in love with my best guy friend. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that detail. As many of you know, I dated Jake for six years. Those were a good six years and six years I do not regret. But we began to grow apart and it became apparent how different we were but had never realized because we started dating at 16 and 18. I was ready to move my life in one direction and he was going in another. I made the very hard decision to end things at the beginning of the year. After that, my best guy friend, Ricky, and I became very close and realized the connection we had had for years was meant to be more than a friendship. It was all quite a blur but now six months later, I can safely say that taking the risk to be with him was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 
So that is my life right now. I am adjusting to living on my own, living away from my family, working full time, not being in school at all, and everything else that has come my way. It is not always pretty. It is sometimes crying on the drive home from the gym because nothing is the same and I long for the familiar. But other times it is dancing in the car because I am so full of joy for what is and is to come. It is a roller coaster and constantly keeping me on my toes but it is beautiful and breathtaking and inspiring and challenging and I wouldn't want it any other way. 


  1. Happy new beginnings to you, Amanda! It's tough but you're handling it like a champ and it's nice to see your big your big smile still on instagram all the time :)


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