so, as usual, it’s been forever since i’ve posted. since the last post i have:
- switched jobs, twice
- gotten engaged
- started wedding planning
- celebrated my 23rd birthday
- gone to tennessee for my cousin’s wedding
- had a few mini vacations
- and been completely overwhelmed by the love of my family and friends
it’s definitely been a trying/eventful/rollercoaster few months. i’ve felt pretty alone since moving to dallas. yes, i have jarrod here and now jill, but it gets lonely. it’s been almost a year and i’m only just now starting to find my place in this giant city.
this weekend was an emotional one, but it was also so uplifting. i spent some much needed time with my dad, had dinner with some of my parent’s friends (and had lots of laughs stuffing our faces with sushi, talking about past dating experiences, and just being a general nuisance to society), saw a very dear old friend that lights up the room and knows no strangers, had breakfast with my miimii and aunt kathryn (thank you guys again), and got a lot of planning done.
the whole weekend i kept thinking about how when i was younger, nothing could phase me. i had a heart of steel and just powered through good or bad. over the years i have become much more emotional, more vulnerable, more in tune with the bigger picture. i saw a quote a few days ago that perfectly describes my heart, and i will leave you with that.
“being tender and open is beautiful. as a woman, i feel constantly shhh’ed. too sensitive. too mushy. too wishy washy. blah blah.
don’t let someone steal your tenderness. don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart.
nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to be truly affected by things.”
well, i’ve done it. i’ve left the little beaumont bubble and moved to the big city of dallas. (no really, i’m in the middle of downtown dallas.) i’ve been here for just over a month and am finally settled in.
i like it here, a lot more than i thought i would! i’m still adjusting to my new life, though. i keep catching myself thinking i’m just away for summer or an internship and soon i’ll make my way back to college station, but classes started without me. i’m actually on my own (well, mostly (thanks parents!)).
while i still miss my parents and friends dearly, i am so very blessed with a loving boyfriend, a wonderful job, and a sassy little cat (introducing miss hildy diane y’all!) to keep my days filled with smiles.
here are some snapshots of my new little nest!
i don’t have much to say, other than thank you. thank you all for everything you’ve done for me, taught me, put up with (ok, we all know you’ve put up with a lot!), and for being there through all the crazy. i am so blessed and so terribly grateful. i love and miss each of you!
hey remember that one time in third grade i didn’t want to be your friend anymore? i’m glad i forgot about that about a week later.
the nights when you would come over and we would lay in my floor and talk for hours were some of my favorites. i’ll never be too old for them.
i’m glad you still come over unannounced anytime you see my car in the driveway. and ok fine, i admit you’re not a side dish anymore.
remember that day in sophomore studio when i was upset and you tried to cheer me up and i still stormed out angrily? you’ve gotten way better at handling those situations now!
remember those days when we lived in europe together and i cried everyday and begged mom to let me come home? i’m so glad i got to spend them with you. i wouldn’t trade them for the world.
you were such an amazing roomz! i’m glad we finally built our blanket fort. maybe we can be roommates in london one day. i’m praying for you!
my ridiculous, crazy, want-to-be-hipster boyfriend you are amazing. sorry about being that girl that wouldn’t stop screaming when we swam with stingrays.
you have been my saving grace the past few months. but really, next time you cook eggs i will obliterate the yolks.
wow. it really seems like it was just last fall that i skipped my fish camp (a camp a&m hosts for incoming freshman and kind of a big deal), begged my mom to let me stay home a few more days, and bought myself a fish to keep me company in my dorm room.
and now? now i’m practically an old geezer (just kidding). i don’t want to leave my friends, and i still have a fish.
it’s been a weird few days! it’s hard to transition from having classes everyday, all day, to some classes, more homework, and tests you actually have to study for, to no obligations at all. no one prepares you for that. (well, ok they might, but i’m really hardheaded, so give me a break!)
as i was cleaning out some stuff in my room, i rediscovered a bracelet anthropology sent me for my birthday, a watch that always points to “me o’clock.” i have been wearing it almost every day since.
(random interruption: so i was listening to neon trees’ new album and my favorite line of all the songs is “i feel like everyone is trying to be a dj. i can also pick my favorite songs & press play.”)
i’ll be posting graduation pictures soon, so keep an eye out!
for my latest project i decided to do some experimenting (again). i’ve been branding “chomp bin,” a company that makes snack bins out of milk cartons, and decided to use monsters “chompin” down (get it?).
you’ll have to wait to see the rest when i post them in my portfolio, but here are some of my original sketches.
i have less than a month of college left.
ahhhhhhhh! that’s crazy!
jarrod got to play photographer today, and we took a few graduation pics. here’s a sneak peek!
lovely, right? nah just kidding. you don’t get to see the real ones yet!
i. went. on. a cruise.
it’s certainly something that i’ve always been intrigued by, but was also too terrified to actually consider. and then there comes jarrod, inviting me to go on a caribbean cruise with his family. how could i pass that up? (also, he was very aware of my fear of cruises, so he knew what was coming.) needless to say, i went, i survived, and i LOVED it.
we started in new orleans and went to falmouth, jamaica, then to george town, grand cayman, and finally cozumel, mexico. the waters were breathtaking. i grew up near crystal beach, and if you know anything about crystal beach you know that it is anything but crystal clear. you can only see your feet in water up to about your ankles. i took way to many pictures of the water and probably said “look how blue it is!” about a million times.
so here are some of my favorite shots from the trip. thanks simpson family!
the beaches were absolutely beautiful. especially compared to what i’m used to (crystal beach).
my freckles started showing again.
don’t we look snazzy?
and we kissed stingrays. i don’t think i ever opened my eyes.
so there’s a sneak peek for you! all of my pictures from the trip are on my facebook if you’d like to hop over and take a look.