GROWING UP

It’s amazing how many things have changed over the last month. I graduated from college and for the first time I don’t know what I’m going to be doing after summer. In the past my life was laid out for me. I always knew that when summer ended I’d be going back to school. I had that safety net, but now that net is gone. I don’t have a full-time job yet and I haven’t been great about looking for one either. Part of me is scared. I’m not ready to be an adult. I’m not ready to give up my three or four-day weekends or my month-long winter breaks. But I really don’t have a choice. This is where I’m at right now. Oh and I’m engaged!!

Just a couple days after my now fiancé and I graduated, we jetted off to Hawaii’s Big Island. We spent the first week in Kona and the second in Hilo with some of his friends. That’s when he took me to a private spot overlooking the ocean. It was absolutely beautiful. He set up his GoPro and made it seem like we were just going to take some pictures of us and the scenery, but then he took my hands and said, “I brought you here for a reason.” That’s all it took for me and I started crying. What can I say? I’m a sap! He got down on one knee and gave me the most beautiful ring. And of course I said YES!!

Now we’re back to reality and he is getting ready to start his new job in Virginia while I work at a summer camp in Hershey. I’m currently experiencing some of the best moments of my life — I get to plan my wedding — but I also am experiencing some of the most stressful moments because I’m planning my wedding and trying to find a job.

Growing up is tough, but it’s fun and liberating all at the same time. Some days I wish I still had my safety net to catch me when I fall, but I’m moving on to bigger and better things and I just have to tell myself that everything is going to be okay! I mean, I am getting married!

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