Five Future Things

Yesterday when I posted my blogging comeback (as I’m going to refer to it as) I referenced how happy I was to be back and how I’m looking forward to the year and blah blah blah and I know everyone is sitting there asking themselves WHY. It’s okay folks, you’re good. Let’s take a look at five of the reasons why I could not be happier for the next few months.

1. The Season. I’m not talking about the season as in Fall (although that will be great too) I’m talking about the diving season. The 2014-2015 Iowa Women’s Swimming and Diving season. After three years of eligibility, a red shirt year last year where I choose not to compete for the college because I wanted to do five years, and more ups and downs than I can count, I’m itching to get started. I’m dying to get back on the boards. The feeling of competing for the Hawkeyes is unlike anything and I miss that feeling. This season is going to be the “last” of a lot of things, and these five years have been the time of my life. I can’t describe how fortune I feel to have met the people I have through this team, and the impact they’ve had on my life. This season is going to be the best season yet; the accumulation of a lot of hard work and a lot of support from those around me. While I still have some lofty goals for the season, I can already recognize that I wouldn’t change a moment of the process. This season may be my last a Hawkeye, but once a Hawkeye always a Hawkeye :)

2. The Food. Let’s be real, I can’t write a blog post and NOT reference food. It’s like some type of disorder. BUT SERIOUSLY I’m living in a new place with a new room mate who loves food just as much I do, plus she’s a pretty good cook (remember her here or here?). I also have one less class this semester aka more time that I can spend playing around in the kitchen. AND I learned a surprising amount about food and was inspired in Vietnam (that’s on the post to do list). I’m ready to play around with more flavors and ingredients, while still getting better at the simple recipes like roasting vegetables. I want to improve my meal planning and meal prep, while not falling into any type of rut. Aaaaand I’m pretty excited to write about it and share it all with you guys!

3. The Apartment. So as I’ve mentioned a multiple times before I MOVED this summer and I’m absolutely obsessed with the new place. We have vaulted ceilings! And a parking spot! And a balcony! It’s still small but it’s nice and open with lots of space for friends to stay over, and we plan on hosting some awesome team dinners. It’s still a work in progress getting set up, but it probably will be for a while, but that’s okay. It was a nice change, and a great opportunity to clear some things and organize all my crap stuff :)

4. The Big Girl Things. I should make this title longer. More like, figuring out the big girl things. I’ve already figured out health insurance, car registrations, and paying bills, but with graduation and the real world looming there’s bigger things to figure out. Like a JOB. It’s going to be stress inducing, yes, but I know once I get it figured out I’ll be ready for it. College is great and all but I’m looking forward to the next chapter whatever that may be! The tricky thing about this particular job search though is my plan is to continue diving through the 2016 Olympic Trials…which = lots ofย  training time. If anyone has some ideas for a job that will help my accommodate my training schedule, I’m all ears!

5. The Unknown. The best things that have ever happened to me during my college career were the unexpected ones. The nights that you could re-live over and over, the team dinners that turned into weekly routines, the meets where you completely zoned in and delivered a great performance. I basically know what to expect when it comes to classes and practices and team dinners, but I’m just looking forward to everything. I can’t wait for the jokes I haven’t heard and the recipes I haven’t tried. The bus trips and hotel stays that haven’t happened yet. It’s not always going to be easy, or fun, but what I’ve learned over the past four years is that every thing happens for a reason, and you can’t predict the future. I’m sure something this year will hit me like a ton of bricks, and other things I have planned will fall through. I don’t know. But either way, the known and the unknown this year will blow my mind. It’s going to be a continuation of the time of my life.

What was I doing instead of blogging for past five weeks? Oh you know, roughing it in Central Vietnam

Siiiiiide note when was the last time I blogged twice in two days?? #winning. Happy Hump Day!

 

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Dear Blog…

My goodness I have missed you! I haven’t forgotten about you; in fact I’ve thought about you for five weeks. Things have been busy, I know that’s not an excuse, but I was on the other side of the world. So that’s kind of valid. I missed our late nights and new friends, and I would say time wasted but it was always time enjoyed so that can hardly be counted.

Well the good news is in and I’m back and here to stay! I know the summer quality was average, and thank you to the guest bloggers again who helped me out while I was away! I’m excited to get back to writing again. I honestly missed it. I’ve got a ton of ideas and topics I want to play with, lists to write, and photos to share. You’ll hear all about the summer I am sure, and how I’m settling back into life as a fifth-year student-athlete. My mind is just craving routine- not the routine that’s boring and tedious but the routine of feeling at home and feeling settled. This summer was incredible. Easily the best summer of my life, but it was hard. It was hard knowing that my apartment in Iowa still had boxes in it to be unpacked, and how much time I was taking off from diving, not to mention not seeing family or friends for weeks on end.

I couldn’t be happier to be back in Iowa. I’m ready for the season to start, and I’ve gotten rid of all the boxes in my room and I’ve gotten to see and catch up with friends; it’s starting to feel like home again. Due to some pool construction we won’t start training till next week which is fine because I’m still in super Nam Mode* and need to get my head in the game of answering emails and going to class!

Anyways, to summarize my long rambly post I’m happy to back and I haven’t forgotten about this blog and I can’t wait to be posting regularly again. Thanks for sticking with me :)

Nam Mode: levels of chillness way above what you normally experience. Side effects include being lazy, naps, coconut cravings, and not worrying about your email.