Hmm… so it looks like I have not blogged for a while. I will try to improve this. I have had a busy semester but unfortunately it has not included my camera. I have done so many things this semester when I thought oh I should take a picture of this, but then alas I realize my camera is sitting in my closet at home. So then I try to take a picture with my camera phone, but since I don’t have an iphone (see Ghana) the picture quality is not that great. And without awesome pictures to share, I have little motivation to blog. So I have not blogged this semester but I figure it is time to catch up.
August started off with Leli and I going to Washington D.C. it was tons of fun, I am glad Leli came out and played with me. (I do have pictures of this) Leli and I received Jr. Ranger badges at all of the national monuments and parks we went to…when the ranger was willing we recorded the swearing in process.
After Leli flew back home, I went and cleaned out my house since my renter broke their lease and left….I don’t enjoy being a landlord. Then I flew out to Utah just three days behind Leli. Kelley picked me up at the airport in my car (which I missed terribly) Kelley had been living in my apartment for the summer while she attended summer term at BYU. We then drove up to Ann’s house and went camping the next day up in the Uinta’s it was beautiful and so much fun. I might have a picture of that too.
Then I drove down to Provo, and started running again, because it was time for the Grand Teton Relay. This was my first relay and I loved it. It was so much fun. I didn’t sleep a lot, but my teammates made the experience one of the highlights of my summer.
After the awesome race I went back down to Provo to help with the MPA student orientation. The final part of the orientation included a white water rafting trip on the Snake River, so for the second weekend in a row I drove up to Wyoming and slept under the stars.
It was finally time for school to start and I had signed up for 18 credits, plus I was going to work 20 hours. I quickly started to miss the slow simple pace of my summer. I really enjoyed having a summer off and having time to think. It was painful to see my life get busy again. So after following the counsel from some wise friends I started to simplify my life.
September was a month of cutting back. By the end of September I was taking just 9 credits, and I was much happier with my life (I had to keep my jobs since I still had not managed to rent my house yet, so I had a mortgage to pay!) Luckily because I took such a heavy course load last semester, and took a spring term, having a lighter semester did not have any influence on graduating in April. So everything worked out.
This semester I have thought a lot about time and how we choose to spend it. Yesterday I had a good conversation with my mom about how it is often difficult for women especially to figure out how to best use their time. Because there are so many opportunities available and so many ways to do good, it is often hard to decide what to do. I think this is a problem men face too, but I don’t think they are as susceptible to over-committing themselves as women, (I am reading some books on the male and female brain that explains why this is the case, but that is for another blog post J ) The point is women often have a hard time choosing the best things, from all of the good things we have to do.
I know I run into this problem, and it is honestly because I like helping people. I help someone with something and then suddenly find myself in the thick of things running the project! And I am often surprised that I am even in situation. So I have been working really hard to choose the best things in my life and focus on those things, and letting everything else go. It has been a painful semester as I have let some things go that I was really interested in, but it has also been an awesome semester because I have found myself doing things that I really enjoy, and have not had time for before because my life was so busy.
I am looking forward to my final semester because I have made a promise to myself to not take on any new projects, and to just finish the ones that I am currently committed to, and I get to give up one of my jobs! (Which is fine, because I finally got a renter in my house too!!!) I am looking forward to getting comfortable to this slower pace, and really focusing on the best things for me!