Well, today is the end of my 101 in 1001 list! Crazy to think it's been 1001 days since I started this. Unfortunately, there were several things that didn't get checked off my list.
Run a 5k, roadtrip somewhere out of state to run another 5k, complete p90x -- well, due to knee surgery and foot problems at various times over the last three years, this did not get accomplished. But, I tried many times!
Wear a dress to class five times -- well, I had written it down once, but I think it maybe happened twice. No real good reason for this except laziness :)
Go to Washington, D.C. and Austin -- I really wanted to go and see Ellie, and I've always wanted to see D.C. and Austin, but schedule and money got in the way :(
Study abroad, again -- again with the money and schedule.
Have an A1C under 7%, keep a food log for two weeks, lose 15 pounds -- I got close on the first two, but no cigar. This will be an ongoing effort though! Watch a live Texas Tech game -- had a few chances, but never happened. Oh well!
Go camping -- Texas isn't very ideal for camping, but I feel like this may happen after I get married :)
For five months, take one day a month to do absolutely nothing -- I am way too busy to do this. But, for awhile I took one day off a week to relax... that only lasted awhile though.
Watch a scary movie -- I was never brave enough to try this one :)
Buy the Grey's Anatomy seasons -- who needs to buy them when you have Netflix? I still want the seasons though.
Call my sister once a month for six months -- schedule problems again.
Road-trip to at least three football games, fully paint my face at a football game -- I was way more into football when this list was made! I made it to one away game! Money and schedule, again.
Don't wear a t-shirt (minus working out) for one week, wear my glasses (minus working out) for a week. -- I am such a t-shirt girl :) and love my contacts too much!
Only go to Wal-Mart once a week (unless for school supplies) for two months -- close, but no cigar. Living five minutes away for Wal-Mart is so convenient!
Ride my bike in PDC -- this was problematic since I don't have a truck to take it down there/no one to ride with!
Participate in at least one dorm "program" a month for a semester, participate in five new on-campus activities. -- my dorm didn't have good programs the year after I made this, and then I moved off campus. woops. college schedules are crazy, if you hadn't noticed.
Write Ellie a letter every other week for three months -- I got close, but failed as a pen pal :(
Join an intramural team -- I did this before I made the list, but never joined a team again.
Get a pedicure -- that'll happen right before I get married! ;)
Go one week without passing judgement aloud -- I'm sure this happened at some point, but I never kept track. Should have made a more asserted effort towards this :(
Be able to bench press more than the bar -- I wanna say I did this at some point.
Do the 365 Day Project on Flickr, name a star after something/someone important, become certified in CPR, buy and be comfortable in a bikini -- one day these will happen....
Donate $5 to JDRF for every task not completed -- that's a lot of money... we'll see! haha!
Go go-cart racing -- maybe after I'm married, Aaron and I can find time to do this :)
Document pictures for each, finish this list and make another -- pictures for most, but making another... I think I'll make a bucket list instead :)
Well, here I am... the home stretch. 55 days until I graduate from college.
The scary part is, I don't have anything "lined up" for my life in 56 days. As of this moment, I have no job and no where to live.
In 70 days, I will move to Georgia. 70 days. I will more than likely be there before that date, but that is the day all my schtuff will come in a moving truck.
This past week I made lots of cold calls, looked at apartments, took engagement pictures, planned some more of my wedding, spent time with my fiancé. All things that I (mostly) enjoyed, and things that made this whole "growing up" thing a little more realistic.
The hardest part of it all is having to say, "I don't know" after people ask what I'm doing after graduation, or what I'm doing in Georgia. The best part is that God does. I heard on the radio tonight, a very cliché thought - in life sometimes we feel lost and want a GPS, and sometimes that translates to God's Provision Stands.
I am expecting and asking big things of a big God, who has always provided and who is sovereign. As my cousin said tonight on Facebook, God is not limited to our economy. He has promised to supply our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. [Phil. 4:19]
In high school, you couldn't pay me to run the 100 yard dash. Now, I love running and wish I had time to do it everyday. It clears my mind, and relaxes me.
I'm building back up my running time/distance. I hurt my foot last semester, and had knee surgery two years ago, so I have to ease myself into these things.
But, today I was on the treadmill and decided to run for five minutes. (Hey, I told you I have to start off slow...) and sadly, the last two minutes were torture. I wanted to stop so badly, my legs were starting to burn. Of course, I started pep talkin' myself, because there's always a point where the run starts becoming mental. I told myself to push through.
And while I'm thinking over a million different things in my head, I kind of smiled to myself at the thought of pushing through. High school was rough. College had it's rough points – and no matter the duration, they were rough.
But, I kept pushing through. I'm almost done. I'm about to graduate college, and get married.
Not that graduating and getting married will solve all of my world's problems, in fact it will probably bring on more. But, I know how to push through.
I came to college and had my fair share of bad roommates.
I dealt with a broken heart,
losing close friends,
fighting with people I love,
dealing with injuries,
on and on.
At times, it felt like I couldn't catch a break. But, I don't give up easily.
I can honestly think of one time that I've ever wanted to quit something – high school cheerleading.
I've found myself in some problematic or frustrating situations over the years, but I never wanted to quit – I wanted to fix it. I wanted to change things. I wanted to make things right, or go back in time.
By the time this thought process was over, I had ten seconds left in my run. Pushing through things usually requires concentrating on something else – like God. Putting my focus on Him got me through some of the toughest things over the past few years, even running.
The next six months of my life are going to be anything but boring.
Graduating from college.
Moving to Georgia.
Not to mention that before I move to Georgia, I really need to find a job. And, before getting married, we will have to have a place to live.
Finding a place to live is not as scary to me as finding a job. There are plenty of apartment complexes – and if I have to live in a less than ideal place for a few months... at least I'll have a roof over my head, right?
In my dream world, I will find a job next week. From there, find a place for me to live a few months until Aaron moves in after we're married.
If I'm being honest, a part of me is nervous. I told someone today about all my "big life changes" that will soon happen. I finished with, "the fun part is - I don't have a job or a place to live as of right now." I move in 86 days, if not sooner.
The other part of me is confident and excited. I keep recalling Ephesians 3:20 - "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." Things may not be perfect, or happen in the timing I want, but I have a feeling that when I look back eight months from now... I will see how God orchestrated everything to work together.