Southern Belle in Training

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July 11, 2013

Life update.

     I can't believe that it's Thursday and this is only my second post of the week! This week has flown by in one big blur of work. I figured I should use this post to update all of you about a few things that have been going on with me. :-)

     After this week, I will be back to working only one job (my retail one). I blogged a couple weeks ago about how I was really stressed during the first few days of working at both the store and the day camp. Things got a little better the second week, but my stress levels were still way higher then they should be for summer, and my parents finally sat me down this past weekend and told me that I had to quit one of my jobs. I won't lie and said that I told them "That sounds really logical and great! Thanks!".... haha. I was actually quite angry at first and this lead to a few arguments and some tears and yelling on my part. I kept thinking in my head that I was a "failure" for not being able to hold two jobs like I planned, and I was angry at myself for not being able to get the income this summer that I had so desired. But then as the weekend passed and my busy work schedule started up again I realized that I should be happy that my parents care enough about me to see that I was working myself too hard, and I should probably take their advice. The bible does say "Honor thy father and mother." Sometimes it's hard for me to remember that this didn't stop when I turned 18 and became a legal adult. ;-)

     So anyways, for about the last month of my summer I'll be back to one job. The one that I chose to keep is the one that pays better, and is overall less stressful then the camp. And the good news is they've still given me a good amount of hours! Although I'm excited to have more down time again, there are some things that I'll miss about day camp, mainly the kiddos. The kids that I worked with were so sweet! They always made me laugh, and I'll miss their hugs and the funny things they said. One of my little campers from this week named her stuffed bunny after me, which was the cutest thing ever! I was especially honored since my first name is quite long, and half the kids can't even pronounce it.

     Although I'm now very happy about working one job, one of the reasons that I didn't want to quit one at first is that I worried that not working all the time would give me too much time to be "homesick" for the South. In the past week especially I have been missing school and North Carolina living so much. I miss the food (remind me again how I lived for 17 years without Chick Fil A), the weather, the fact that highways are toll-free (I shouldn't have to pay two dollars up here just to drive to see my grandma!), the shopping options... and most of all I miss my church and my friends from school. Yes, I'm still transferring to a new school in NC for next year, and yes, I'm still really excited about that. But does that mean that I'm going to forget about everyone at my old school? Definitely not!

     None of my friends from my old school live anywhere near Maine. I have texted the ones that I was closest to a little bit since summer started, but finding time for Skype dates or phone calls is almost impossible since everyone has different work schedules and summer plans. I know that I'll pay some visits to my former school during the upcoming fall semester, and hopefully a few friends from there can visit me. I'm just getting impatient! I'm even more impatient to be at my new school, meeting my roommate and new friends, and getting involved with the school. I'm so excited to find a new church, and hopefully be able to visit my old church a few times as well. I adored the church that I went to during freshman year, I was able to grow so much spiritually from being there! I like my church that I go to at home in Maine, but it just doesn't compare.

     I feel like this whole summer my mind has been stuck in a North Carolina state of mind. I know that I should be focussed on the present: enjoying the short summer, spending time with my family, catching up with high school friends, and using the free time to do things that I never have time to do at school (like working on scrapbooking or cooking). But lately I just don't have any motivation to do those things. I'm not even that into going to the beach anymore... and that's the thing that I miss the most when I am at school!

     Do any of you have tips for staying in the present? I'm trying to get in the mindset of just being thankful for where God has placed me this summer, which is my technical home, but it's almost like just telling myself to think that way isn't enough.

     And on a totally different note, I finished the eighth and final season of That 70s Show on Netflix today. Y'all, I almost cried when I got to the end. I realize that the show doesn't have the best morals, but it is hilarious and I credit the show to getting me through the end of freshman year! Seriously though- through getting sick, drowning in make-up work, the transfer process and everything else that came with this past spring, that show helped to keep me laughing. I'm so sad that I have finished it. But that means though that I'm looking for new Netflix reccomendations! What's a new show that I can get into for the end of this summer and the next school year? Preferably something on the cleaner side... That 70s Show isn't the type of show that I'd usually like! ;-) I'm especially looking for reccomendations that are on Netflix instant watch. I'm in season 9 of my all-time favorite show, 7th Heaven, but that takes me awhile to watch since it's only on the DVD service. I've been told that Gilmore Girls is great but that's only available through DVDs also.

     Hope that you're all having a beautiful end to your weeks!

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. I'm glad you are down to just one job. You can now enjoy your summer break before school starts up again :)

    I haven't gotten into That 70's Show, but some others I've watched on Netflix are Friday Night Lights, New Girl, and Hart of Dixie

  2. You have the rest of your life to work... enjoy having one job. ;) Just think about all the relaxing that you won't be able to do once school starts and soak it in, sister!!

  3. Coming back home from North Carolina was weird for me, as I thought NC was definitely my home. It was hard living in the present, but I've realized there are positives and negatives for both of my homes. I hope you can find some time and some ways to live in the present. It's all a mindset but it's so hard for all of us!

    I hope you have a great Thursday and a fun weekend ahead :)

    xo, gina

  4. Hey girl! loved this post :) I have been thinking of you and your crazy work schedule, and I am honestly glad to hear that you are now not that stressed out anymore now that you have 1 job instead of 2! 1 job is totally awesome, and you'll still be making lots of $! I used to have the same kind of problem-I would overdo myself and try to do too many things at once. For me it was more of a problem with un-fullfillment though. I felt God saying to me: "Jessica, I have given you specific desires and gifts to fulfill you and make your cup overflow, so why are you trying to do so many other things that I never called you to do?!" Hopefully that makes sense haha. Random thought! Anyway, I am excited to see some more of you around here, I've missed you!

    ps- I loved how you mentioned the verse in the Bible about honoring your father and mother. That is a verse that God really has taught me a lot about in the past couple of years. I used to be so mean to my parents! I am thankful that God restored my relationship with them. Thanks for the happy reminder :)

  5. Hey! Just found you blog and love it!
    Your new follower,
    Sara Beth

  6. i LOVE gilmore girls! and i really like hart of dixie as well!


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