Thursday, November 11, 2010

Year in a Nutshell

Ok... so it's been a very long time since I've posted about my life. And if fact, one of the last entries talked all about my summer... in 2009! So here we go... life since then in a nutshell.

  • Moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. No job, but after my summer working EFY, staying here just felt right.
  • Started volunteering as an early morning seminary teacher at Jordan High School.
  • Found a job teaching 5th and 6th grade orchestra at an elementary school in Provo.
  • Started two other orchestra programs at elementary schools in West Jordan and Riverton.
  • Got a job being a substitute teacher on my days off from my other jobs.
  • Started a private piano and violin studio.
  • October road trip with the extended family to Newport, Cali.
  • Had a blast living my life in both Salt Lake and Provo. Not a huge fan of the drive though.
  • November road trip with two dear friends back to Arizona and New Mexico.
  • December 2009 I turned 25! Milestone, I know!
  • Crazy road trip with my brother Jonny in a giant snow storm back to New Mexico. It really did take like 20 hours to get home going 30 miles an hour almost the whole way there.
  • January 2nd decided to randomly pack my belongings and move from SLC to Provo. Quick (literally made in a day) decision, but it just felt right. Moved in with the most amazing roommates ever!
  • Last minute decision to turn in a graduate school application to BYU.
  • Got hired as a student teacher for the CES seminary program.  Started also teaching 2 periods at Brighten High School during the day along with all of my other schools and jobs.
  • Got accepted into grad school at BYU.
  • Beginning of summer road trip with the bff to Cali to see Glee Live! Did it also include Disneyland, H&M shopping, and the beach? Heck yes!
  • Stopped teaching seminary on Friday (summer finally had arrived) and started my job with EFY the next Monday.
  • Worked for EFY (I still just love it so much!)... 1 week in Montpillier, ID, 3 weeks in Logan, 4 weeks in Ogden, 1 week in Provo, 2 weeks in Nauvoo! 11 straight weeks total! That's right baby!
  • July 29th picked Whit up from the airport in Salt Lake! She was finally home from Italy! Joyous reunion!
  • Flew to New Mexico from Nauvoo to be with the fam.  Stayed for a few days, bought a new car, and then drove home to Provo.
  • Got re-hired as a seminary student teacher at Alta High School in the fall.
  • Decided to resign from the seminary program in order to better focus on grad school. (not an easy decision).
  • Had a few days to unpack my belongings and chilled for a weekend in Park City.
  • Started school as a BYU student getting a Master's in Music Education!
Well there it is... the last year of my life in a total nutshell.  Obviously I left out a lot of details.  It really was a great year filled with fun, friends, family, lots of road trips, heart break, self discovery, growth, and everything else that life throws at you. But looking back I wouldn't change anything about it. I lived, I loved, and I learned!