Life’s Little Updates

Hey there!

It’s been a while since I have written anything. Not just written in my blog (8 months I’ve been away from here) but literally anything. There has been a lot of transition in my life in the last few months and writing kind of got lost in the shuffle. Finding my way is a never-ending process and sometimes when I get overwhelmed I just become a recluse. So I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and see if I can really find my place here.

A lot has happened since I last wrote. First of all, Tom and I celebrated one year together. This is so crazy to me. How has it been over a year since we started dating? I seriously feel like I just met him yesterday. I guess it really is true that time flies when you’re having fun. It’s actually been so long since we celebrated our anniversary that we are now one week away from having been together a year and a half. Still pretty crazy to me but I feel so blessed to have found him. We kept things low key for our anniversary. It was in October so we went to a pumpkin patch where we had a beer and watched some live music. It was really fun and a very “us” way to celebrate.

In November I changed jobs. This is possibly the biggest change from the last few months and also, hands down, the best decision I have made in a long time. I now work in the infant room at an early childhood center taking care of kiddos ages 6 weeks to 12 months. If you asked me in college what I thought about going into Education I would have laughed at you. Me forming the minds of our youth? Ha! But while I was laughing at the idea, the good Lord above was secretly planning for me to find my way here many years later. And thank God (literally) that He did. Since making this change I have been so much happier, less stressed, less anxious and most importantly I have actually looked forward to going to work every day. These little babies bring so much joy to my life it is unbelievable and I am forever grateful to have finally found my place.

I’m thinking about going back to school. No, that’s not a typo. I’ve been thinking and praying about it a lot recently and I think I want to pursue a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. I haven’t made a firm decision yet and if I do go back it won’t be until next year so for now I’ll continue to pray about it until I feel the time is right to commit.

I’m trying to be more active. I used to be a very active person but in the last few months I’ve gotten pretty lazy. I feel like I’m a much happier, less stressed person when I’m active (hello, endorphins) so I’m trying to recommit. I have been wearing my Fitbit every day and pushing myself to hit those 10,000 steps!

Lastly, at the end of December I decided that 2017 would be the year of saving and tackling debt. I’ve written previously that I’m one of the lucky ones who has a lot of student debt and I’ve always felt like there was no point to really attempt to tackle it because it was never going away. I thought it was a mountain that just couldn’t be climbed. I’ve spent a lot of time researching tricks and tips on saving money and tackling debt. I’m pretty proud of myself because I’ve already hacked away at about $1,500 which is a small amount compared to how much I have left to go but every dollar really does count and it’s nice to see the numbers finally going down. To accelerate the paying of this debt I have started babysitting a ton. It’s pretty easy to book jobs because families at my work always need sitters and most of them pay pretty well (plus, I really enjoy it and I think parents like that about me). I have consistently had 5-7 jobs a month which has made a huge difference in saving for bulk payments on loans. So I’m pretty proud of myself for staying focused, spending less and saving more.

That’s it for life’s updates. More to come soon.

XOXO,

Allie

 

 

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