One of my very favorite places to do life!
Since we last chatted (about the great and small things I learned in STL), I have visited family at home, gone camping, gone back home, moved apartments, and started my third and LAST year of PT school!
I feel like I’ve been in school forever, but here I am in my last semester of school forever (please, Lord).
In all honesty, I have felt very few emotions about a lot of things. Maybe it’s because I’ve run this gamut a few times already.
School? Grateful and happy to be back. Excited or nervous? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Eh. It’s a light semester of classes with a crap ton of self-directed research/work time in between, which is nice but also dangerously deceiving and deceptively difficult. “Oh, so you mean I need to motivate MYSELF for the WHOLE 12 hours that I’m not in class today?…….God help me.”
The future/my career? I have not a darn clue in the world what will be happening in these next 12 months of my life. I know that I will be in Boston for my next two clinicals (woohoo!), but otherwise, that’s about it. The rest, we throw to the wind of the Holy Spirit. I am neither worried nor sad nor stoked about anything. I’m at peace with the unknown though. Just trying to trust the process and go through the motions with an open heart.
The changes in my friends’ lives? Well, two of my best friends got married, and for that I was overwhelmingly excited and joyful The sacrament, the celebration, the reunion with so many beautiful people — such a blessing. I must say, there is no party like a party with people who know Love and Joy Himself. Congratulations, Ben and Casey!
Friends are also having babies now, and that’s when I’m like, “I need a second.” *breathes heavily*
But I love Boston, and I am incredibly grateful to be back for at least another year. The Lord is kind and merciful.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my 6 year blogging anniversary! The exact date of which I am not entirely sure… early August. Maybe it was the 3rd.
In honor of 6 years of blogging, for my entertainment and potentially yours, here is a blast from the past — a random blog post from each year that I’ve blogged.
2013: “I Like Burpees“ (You know it.)
2014: “Boston University is Making Things Complicated” (This was when I visited BU for open house and fell in love with it. UGH what a little human I was.)
2015: “I Should Be Embarrassed About These Things…” (OMG UNDERGRAD LIFE *CRIES*)
2016: “48 Hours Unplugged” (An incredible two days in the middle-of-nowhere-NY with Fiona and Rachel that we will never ever forget.)
2017: “Greater Love” (BU Catholic Center retreats are a highlight of my life.)
2018: “October” (Despite, or perhaps lending to, the simple name, this was a time of deep emotion for me.)
2019: “Never A Dull Moment” (And I think this blog testifies to that.)
As I look through all of these blog posts, I notice:
- Alison went from squirrelly young lass to emotionless city girl (lol jk…kinda).
- I went from blogging ~almost~ every day to blogging ~almost~ monthly.
- I have grown physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually in ways that I could not have tried to do myself.
- Selfies never seem to go out of style for me.
- The list of things that truly matter never changes.
- God’s hand has been in all of it, without a doubt.
Thank you, as always, to every single one of you who takes time out of your busy days to read my words, laugh/cry with me, and reflect on the goodness/hardness/”what!?”-ness of life with me. I very am grateful for you and for the ways this blog has brought me closer to people.
So tell me:
What’s on deck for you for the rest of 2019? School? New job? Same job? New life events?
Share your current emotions! If ya want…That’s kinda personal though, so up to you.