The First Time I Said…

I’ve been emotional, and reminiscent, and very much on the fence when it comes to my looming college graduation. Several times A hundred times I’ve mentioned how these last five years have been the greatest of my entire life, and that remains true. That will never NOT be true.

College Graduation

With that being said, a sentence I never expected slipped out of my brain and off the tip of my tongue yesterday. The sentiment I never truly felt until now snuck it’s way in there and I stumbled over the words, but out it came:

“I’m actually excited for graduating college.”

WHO KNEW?!? I didn’t. I half expected to be reminiscent and emotional for the rest of my life.

I’m actually looking forward to the end of academic career (for now- no one ever really rules out grad school). Why? What compelled me to believe that I’m actually ready for that whole real world thing?? Well, I’m bored. I’m annoyed with writing papers that require three different types of citations because it’s whatever the professor preferences. I’m bored of notecards, even if the content in interesting. I have my systems of note taking and studying and procrastinating, and nothing is going to change in the last six weeks of school after 17 years of education. I might actually be READY to take on the real world, not just dream about it (whether those dreams were ambitious, romanticized viewpoints or nightmares). I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m starting to feel proud of earning two undergraduate degrees. I can quite literally make a list of the papers and tests I have left! Graduation might be looming, but I’m shying away from it anymore.

I’m excited to get a big girl job. I’m excited to have hobbies (and expand on current ones- like this blog, and cooking!). I’m excited to not have to plan my year around semesters and I’m excited for everything I don’t know yet. I can physically feel my anxiety lessening as the reality sinks in that we actually made it- we’re graduating and getting on with our lives.

And I’m not going to lie, this post was inspired by a strange weekend. My Easter weekend involved a game night with friends, work, studying, and a long walk Easter Sunday to take advantage of the beautiful day. Meanwhile, my three best friends: 1. Got nominated to teach abroad, 2. Got a major scholarship offer to grad school, and 3. Got engaged. Their successes made me unbelievable happy, and proud, and gave me hope that even though these five years have been amazing there is still so much to look forward to. There is still so much to do and so much to see and so many goals to set still.

I said it last night and I’ll say it again: I’m actually looking forward to graduating. I am as ready as I’m going to be for whatever comes next, and I am allowing myself to feel excitement over that.

What was the best, scariest, most unexpected thing that happened to you post grad?

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BIANNUAL NOTICE

My twice yearly blog blurb stating I’M SORRY I KEEP MEANING TO BLOG BUT THEN OUR BIG FALL MEET HAPPENED AND NOW IT’S FINALS AND PAPERS AND I HAVE THREE FINALS IN TWO DAYS AND A PAPER TO STILL WRITE SO I’M SORRY I’LL BE BACK NEXT WEEK OKAY!

If I had more time I’d find a nice gif or photo illustrating my emotions over finals, but it’s back to the study grind for me so you’ll just have to base my mood off of the use of all capital letters. And you’re not even getting a selfie because I just wrote a paper in my pajamas. Okay byeeee happy studying!!

Things I Am Not For Halloween

…dressing up in anything provocative cute and going to a party.

…dressing up at all cute or not.

…Trick or treating or walking around in freezing cold weather.

….Consuming excess amounts of sugar and chocolate

…Going to a house party or the bars

Things I am doing? Daydreaming about excess amounts of chocolate, posting from my phone from another amazing hotel bed, and passing out on the bus ride home.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Four Olympians inducted to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

For several summers in a row, I worked and volunteered at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. If you live in Calgary or the surrounding area, or are planning a trip to Calgary, I could not recommend the Sports Hall enough!

Team Canada - Official 2018 Olympic Team Website

On Wednesday, October 22, eight Canadians – four of them Olympians – were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. 

The Olympians inducted were Horst Bulau, Pierre Harvey, Geraldine Heaney and Elizabeth Manley. Also joining the Hall are pioneer freeskier Sarah Burke, rugby legend Gareth Rees, and former basketball coaches Tim Frick (national women’s wheelchair team) and Kathy Shields (senior women’s national team).

Here is a look at the Olympians – Bulau, Harvey, Heaney and Manley:

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In ‘Year of Sport’ Canada readies for a busy 2015

Team Canada - Official 2018 Olympic Team Website

On Thursday, Governor General David Johnston proclaimed 2015 to be the Year of Sport in Canada. A quick look at the sport calendar reveals why.

In 2015, venues in and around Toronto, Ontario will host the largest ever multi-sport event in Canada when the 2015 Pan American Games take place from July 10 to 26. Including Parapan events, #TO2015 expects the arrival of over 10,000 athletes.

From June 6 to July 15, Canada will host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Olympic bronze medal victory following a controversial semifinal defeat to the United States at London 2012 is always on the minds of Canadians who support their country in the world’s game. To exorcise that memory, Canada will hope to hoist the World Cup at home. Host cities for Canada 2015 are Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Christine Sinclair Christine Sinclair will lead Canada to the 2015 Women’s World…

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Update from Vietnam!

Hello everyone! So considering this is the one and only shot I’ll have at wifi, I wanted to take a second to let everyone know that I’ll be MIA for the next couple weeks. I’m currently in Ho Chi Ming City and will be heading up to Da Nang tomorrow to coach soccer and teach English for the next three weeks…so obviously the blog isn’t my priority till I get back home August 11th. I can’t wait to write about it when I get home and share all kinds of photos!