Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Lucky One

I've been putting off writing the first post of my new blog for awhile now. There's a lot of pressure that comes with your very first post- like it will define the whole rest of your blog. What if it's totally lame and boring? Well, I'm just biting the bullet and going for it- don't judge too harshly.

Lately I've been feeling very lucky. Maybe "blessed" would be a better word actually. I don't really believe in luck. I will admit that graduating from BYU single and working full time in some random town in Idaho was not really where I saw myself at this point in my life. However, all things considered things are amazingly good!

Blessing #1
I have a great job that I really, really enjoy. Sometimes when I was in school I wondered if all my hard work was really paying off (besides in scholarship money) and now that I landed this job I feel like it did! It's a great feeling. I enjoy going to work every day. It's challenging and exciting. I get along really well with the people I work with. It occurs to me that some of you may not know what I do for work. I work for a company called Glanbia Nutritionals and basically I formulate (or "invent") protein bars and other snacks containing protein, flax etc. Now, that may not sound like fun to some of you, but I really enjoy it.

Blessing #2
I live relatively close to my family. If I had to move out of state for work, Idaho was one of the ideal locations because it's only about a 4 hour car ride from my parents' house. I can go home for the weekend if I want. And I have the most awesome family in the entire world, which is definitely one of my biggest blessings.

Blessing #3
An awesome apartment! I have this cute little one bedroom in this really nice complex that has a pool, hot tub, fitness room etc. This is the first time I've ever really lived alone (not counting last summer when I lived in a hotel during my internship- I spent most of my time with my cousins the Hershey Hesses anyway). My guess is that not a whole lot of people have lived alone. I wasn't sure how I would like it, but it turns out it's pretty awesome!

Some of the perks:
1. the apartment can be as messy or clean as you want it (I like it clean)
2. the bathroom is always free
3. when I ordered pizza today I got to put exactly what I wanted on it- no compromises
4. you don't have to worry about annoying your roommates/spouse etc. when you hear a new song you like and want to listen to it over and over
5. you don't have to work around anyone else's schedule- if I want to stay up late I can. If I want to go to bed early, I can. If I want to watch a movie, I can. I can pretty much do whatever I want, whenever I want. That was not always possible with roommates.

Don't get me wrong, there are some down sides to living alone. For example, you have to make an effort if you want to socialize. You have to go out and plan something or go somewhere instead of just coming home and chatting with your roommates. But overall, for me the pros outweigh the cons right now. I do look forward to getting married someday and having a permanent roommate, but for now I'm just going to enjoy the freedom.

I guess the other thing I should mention is that since this is also my first time in an unfurnished apartment furniture is kinda sparse. I have the necessities, but not much else. I figure I'll accumulate things little by little.

I could go on, but I better save some things for future blog posts. Just know that I am one lucky girl!