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New Beginnings

Well hello everyone! It seems like it has been such a long time since I was a “blogger” but in reality I stopped posting to my last blog only seven months ago. I started a blog while I was studying abroad in Spain three years ago (three years…whoa time flies!) and then continued using my blog space as an outlet for my emotions during the intense rollar-coaster ride I was on in my life. Now I am on much, MUCH, more stable ground and wanted to start fresh, anew, with a cleaner perspective on life, love and happiness.

So where am I at now? What new chapter in my life am I taking that encourages me to start a new blog? Well, that would be my career. I just received my Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan on April 30, 2011. After studying for six years at the University and in Ann Arbor I am truly closing one chapter in my life, for good. I love Ann Arbor and will miss it, my friends, my classmates, my campus, my close proximity to my family. Now I am packing up all of my belonging in a 6’x7’x8′ cube and transporting myself to embark on the next chapter of my life in Seattle, Washington!!!! I couldn’t be more excited, or more nervous.

Posing with my cap and gown. Please note my graduation cap (or really most any cap) is tilted for any and all pictures ever.

Everything seems to be falling into place for me these days. I finished school, I got my dream job at a structural engineering firm in downtown Seattle (seriously across the street from the Seattle Art Museum) and found the perfect roommate and condo through U of M friends. After a lot of stress, waiting, and overanalyzing the whole job search thing everything just magically found its appropriate place. Thus, I really do need to trust that He knows what is best for me and will see that I get that if I trust in Him. Now, I am not that spiritual, but that is something I have been working on. Trusting in Him and others.
Me sporting my favorite interview outfit all smiles after my interview for the job. Posed in the huge mirror in my swanky hotel room in Seattle! I highly recommend the Klimpton Hotel chain they cater to you for everything.

So I currently am in a state of transition. I now have a week and a half left to spend time with friends and family while staying at my parent’s home. I am actually packing up and shipping out my Upack cube today and tomorrow and then will fly out to Seattle Memorial Day weekend. Until then I expect a lot of grilling out and family dinners, seeing my best friends one more time, and hopefully enjoying the nice summer weather that should be coming our way. I want to make the most of my short time at home before my visits with them are decreased substantially.

Mostly I am using this blog for me but if readers enjoy my adventures then that is an added bonus in my book. I used to photograph my daily foods but I am really trying to divert the attention away from the food. Instead I hope to add pictures of everything I’m doing or of interest to me. I hope to capture glimpses of this new life. And yes, I am sure that some of those pictures will be food, food enjoyed eating out or when I am inspired to cook up something truly inventive or delicious, but it just won’t be everyday or heaven forbid every meal. I want to have my blog to look at and observe if I am keeping social, active, and adventurous. If my blog is boring than that is indication that I need to step it up in life. I’m going to be in a new city I do not know, with several acquaintances but lots of people I need to meet, and yes, I am still single too. This is my chance to discover all of my true loves and really be on the pursuit of happiness!

Chelsea

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