Tuesday, August 31, 2010

6 states 1 day!

Well, I'm sitting with Brooke Oliver in the business center of the Sheraton in Oklahoma City and I'm feeling so refreshed! I don't have any pics today because the internet isn't working here on my computer. We did take a lot yesterday though. We didn't do much more than drive. We covered more than 1100 miles and six states yesterday! It was a record for me. I don't really recommend Arkansas to anyone. Or at least not driving the length of it in one go. We got here last night after about 15 hours of driving and Brooke and I had dinner with her friend Sarah, her sisters and mom and her bro in law. The food and company were wonderful but after all the driving,  I was a zombie. Sleep has never been more welcome than last night.

My throat was sore all day yesterday from crying a whole lot on Sunday. It was so hard to say goodbye to my incredible family, friends, home, cat, and Atlanta. I'm still kind of numb to what I'm doing and it's hard to see anything past 5 minutes ahead of me, but I'm excited about this trip and my new life.

Brooke and I are caravaning with another friend, Mary. We have walkie-talkies. Best investment ever!! Today we're leaving from OKC and headed to Albuquerque to stay with a gracious friend of Brooke's cousin. We're planning on taking our sweet time today. Angie, the girl we're staying with, is sending us to some mountain that overlooks the city for a nice hike before we head to her house for the evening. I'll try to post soon with photos of our adventure. It's been fun so far and we haven't even done anything!

I love you!

Monday, August 23, 2010

It's the final countdown!

Well, it's my last week in Atlanta and I am carpe-ing some diem! This time next week, I'll lay my head down to sleep at the first stop in my journey in Oklahoma City. I'm busy packing and getting rid of things and I think I'm slightly numb to the fact that I'm leaving really soon. I'm trying not to focus on what I'm leaving behind, but looking forward to the future. I had an amazing last few weeks at Aria. I walked out of that place feeling really loved. I've grown so much there, both within the context of my career, and also as a person. I'm so thankful for my beautiful girls (and Matthew) that I've worked with for the past four years, and also for my incredible, amazing, interesting, day-brightening clients. It wasn't easy to say goodbye to all of them, but it will be so amazing to come back and visit!

I've also had the extreme pleasure of hosting my 3 1/2 year old niece, makayla last week, for an evening with Auntie Marmar. We colored, got donuts, made breakfast, went to the children's museum, had lunch and playtime at Chick-Fil-A, and got toys at Target. She had a blast. I had a blast. It was awesome.
I've taken care of my car for the roadtrip. I'm slowly pawning off all of my belongings to my friends. I'm enjoying my favorite restaurants and beautiful places and people of Atlanta. I'm looking at a week of more packing and cleaning, but I'm excited. I'm actually doing this and I think it'll be grand! But for now I'm off to sleep! Goodnight world!

Monday, August 9, 2010

i'm leaving... in a mazda... don't know when i'll be back again...

so the title of my first post isn't quite as catchy as the original tune, but it's true and i like it.

in 3 (extremely short) weeks, i'm heading west. folks, this is big. it's time for a change and some adventure. i'm driving out with an amazing friend, brooke oliver. and we have lots of america to see before we get there. i'm going to use this blog to add photos and tell our tales of the open road. comments of encouragement and prayers of safety and provision and gladly accepted here.
i love you!