Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rush of Life

Wow. It’s been a long time since I last updated this, so let me give a quick overview on what’s been going on in the last year or so.

After the wonderful trip to Washington, my life got busy. In the fall, I went back to school and aced all of my Fall courses (I even got on the Dean’s list!). The courses for this Spring, however, were much more difficult and demanding; but I managed to get five A’s and one A-, so I think I’m doing pretty well for myself.

However, things were not all sunshine and roses. Since last September or so, I’ve been getting every illness that I come into contact with. It all finally came to a head this year when I came down with the Flu in late-March, then got Strep a week later. It was the first time I had gone to the doctor since I was around 15 or 16, and I was so sick my mom had to make the appointment for me because I had no voice to do it with. A month later, I was visiting the doctor again, this time for an infection that I developed after having a stomach-bug. I’m still catching things left and right; but now I have a whole summer-break to recover my health.

Or at least, that’s the plan. Work has been one of the probable causes for my bad health—the Deli I worked in became a political war-zone late last year, and the stress levels have been high ever since. It got to a point where I felt physically ill every time I had to go into work, and I knew I couldn’t continue that way. So when I got an offer to move permanently up front as a Courtesy Clerk, I jumped at the chance. The stress-levels are low, there, and it is a lot of fun to interact with the customers on a whole different level than I did in the deli—no tall counter creating a barrier between us!

On a whole different note, I have been thinking more and more about where I feel God wants me to take my education. This up-coming school year will mark the last two terms I spend in school for my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. There is a possibility that I might be able to teach overseas, and I have been looking into two different schools. One is in Taiwan and my Pastor’s wife has connections there; the other is in West Africa (and I have yet to mention to my family that I have been looking into it…).

Another thing I have been thinking about (and mind you, it’s just in the researching stage), is adoption. I have always felt passionately about adoption, and feel like it is something God has allowed me to be open to. Seeing as I will (God willing) have a secure teaching job come mid-next year, I have started researching adoption and the ins-and-outs of it. I’m a little hesitant, seeing as I am single and have no plans to be in a relationship in the foreseeable future (although who knows what God has in His plans), but I feel that being knowledgeable on the subject and open to the possibility of falling in love with a child (if I ever do fulfill my goal of working with orphans) can’t hurt anything.

And there is a late-night, rushed run-though of how my life is going right now, the important things I’m thinking about, and the things I think might be possible in the future. Hopefully I will be able to post a more in-depth update on what’s going on, when I have more certainty myself! But for now…