Monday, September 24, 2012

September

I cannot believe it is already September!  I have to tell you, keeping busy really makes the time fly by.  In some moments, like when I lay in bed trying to fall asleep, it seems like ages have passed since Alex and  I lived together, and since school started, and in other moments, in seems like January (and Greece) will be upon us before we know it!
Alex is busy making us money.  He's really sweet to do that.  Most weeks he is traveling somewhere across America (or the Globe sometimes!) which means nice financially and crappy in the whole communication department.  I don't think we're quite back into the swing of being in a long distance relationship, and it seems we just long for each other's company when we are lucky enough to have it (which is averaging out to be around 2 days per month).  I really like that Alex and I can jump right back into each other's lives when we are apart from it for long periods of time.  It's one of those signs to me that we really are best friends.  There is no awkward "what shall we talk about" period, which is nice.  I do wish we were better at communicating on a daily basis whether by text or voice- but it seems that we're both too busy and when we're not together our lives are separate, so we don't really go into the day play-by-play.  That's not to say that we don't talk when we do have something to say.  I'm not sure if I am whining or even making sense, but there you have it.  Alex was in Beverly Hills last week and is in Las Vegas next week for work.  He stays very busy with normal work, as well as doing side CAD projects for work.  He is enjoying the company of his family, even though he doesn't get to see them very often.  I am still trying to remember how to cook for one, and usually end up going back to college foods like Ramen.
I am taking lots of classes- Legal Research and Writing, Intro to Law, Communication Theories (my capstone class), Constitutional Law, Media Law, Broadcast Management, Horsemanship, and Public Administration.  I was elected to be the Vice President of the Legal Studies Student Association and am in charge of Phi Sigma Alpha and the LSSA's charitable event, which we will be doing in October.  I am still working at the law office as a paralegal and more often, a communication manager.  I am also working at the University as the Social Media Manager for University College.  In October I am holding two faculty trainings on social media- so I stay pretty busy there.
Visiting with my sisters last week
Greece plans are coming together...er...nicely?  I ask the question because while exciting, it is also long and arduous.  I've always been pretty independent though, and I have a way of figuring out what needs to be done and doing it.  I am so excited that we actually have this opportunity.  There is a side of me that is terrified because of my high Uncertainty Avoidance (thanks, Troy and Kelton, for helping me put words to my fears) and so excited because I am pushing through walls and growing a person as I get ready to experience life as I never have before.  If you know me...well at all...you know that I like plans.  I like to plan out my day so I get everything done I need to; I like to plan events down to the smallest detail; on trips I like to plan where we'll go (to get in the maximum fun in the shortest time), where we'll stay and what we'll eat; I don't enjoy making spur of the moment decisions on things like where we'll eat, what movie will we watch, which bus will we take.  Because I have difficulty with that, I plan.  Well, in Greece, you can't plan.  Things don't work on an American schedule.  Metros and buses aren't on time, strikes occur randomly, people go out suddenly, and the world is very spontaneous.  No matter how much research I do on Greece or how many contacts I make in Greece, my world is going to turn completely upside down.  My feelings on this?  About 51%/49% excitement and terror, respectively.  My number one goal in Greece is to go with the flow, and say "yes" (do things spontaneously).  I am sure I am going to get myself into some great predicaments (It's 2am and the metro stopped running and I am in the middle of Athens at a taverna Greek dancing with the locals- what do I do?) but I have confidence in myself that I will come out reliably unscathed.  Maybe I'm overconfident, but hey, I guess I will learn that too.
I feel that I have grown so much in the last 5 years of my life.  I look back at the person I was in high school- and even into my first and second years of college, and feel that I am a completely different person.  Alex and I often look back at who we were and laugh.  He is no longer the complete hermit who blushed every time I kissed him, who couldn't communicate his feelings without a computer, and I am no longer the angry, overbearing, in your face person who had to let everyone know her opinions.  Yes, Alex is still shy, and yes, I am still assertive, but we both have grown into better people, and I feel that Greece will help us grow even more.
I hope all is well with you, and would like to remind you to check out my study abroad blog, if you are interested in that journey.  http://sherayassemesterabroad.blogspot.com/

1 comment:

  1. Wow this is great! You guys will do awesome:) I have heard so many good experiences from people who travel abroad. Hopefully you guys love the people and it will make you guys closer than ever. You're taking the " YES" challenge from Yes Man hahaha you might like what crazy things happen :)

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