As move in day is quickly approaching, I can't help but be bittersweet about leaving my hometown again. It's funny... All throughout high school I couldn't wait to leave this place, get away, and have a fresh start. Once college started, I was so excited to experience life on my own (for the most part). After being away for a year, I realized I had taken my hometown for granted and I missed it. Not just my home with my own bed and good food, but my town. I had missed taking trips to HEB and running into at least 5 people I knew. I had missed getting snow cones everyday from this little stand that has been in my town ever since I was in elementary school. I had missed seeing my friends and family. I missed Bastrop.
Bastrop has grown immensely... I still don't know if I like that or not lol. But last weekend was Bastrop Homecoming. **For those of you who don't know what this is, it's basically a week long of activities. There's high school reunions, a parade, rodeo, carnival, and a dance/concert. I usually go every year if I get the chance. It's a pretty big deal in this town, especially if your family is from the area like mine is (my granny had her 50th class reunion 2 years ago and my dad and uncle also went to Bastrop High School). ANYWAYS. I was super excited because this year it actually felt like a "homecoming" because most of my friends and I were away at college so we all got to come together that weekend. And lemme tell ya... It was awesome. Friday night Pat Green played for us and that was probably one of the best concerts I've ever attended. Y'all know (those of you that are from a small town) that there is seriously nothing better than a get together with all of your friends, listening to Texas Country, two steppin, and having a great time. Nothing better. (I might be a little biased)
The point to my post this week is, don't take your hometown for granted. If you are already in college like I am, whenever you go home over breaks, appreciate it just a little bit more next time. Go see old friends and catch up. Go backroading. Go eat at your favorite Mexican restaurant. If you are about to graduate or if you're still in high school... Take it all in. And I mean ALL of it. I know right now you want to get as far away from here as possible, but I promise you, you are going to miss it. Even if it's just a little bit.
If it wasn't for my hometown, I wouldn't be me. Period. It has made me appreciate the little things. The small town life may not be for everyone, but it has been my whole life. It gives me comfort knowing that wherever I end up in life, I can always come home.
Not the best quality but PAT FREAKIN GREEN!!!! :)))
Farrah and I at homecoming
Yay I'm so glad you are actually reading my posts *inserts laughing emoji here*
So the other day a thought crossed my mind... I have no "free" summers left. I have no summers left where I won't be working, in summer school, or completing an internship. No more "no worries it's summer". *sighs*
Even though I have only been home from school for 15 days, I am still trying to take advantage of what is left of my summer. As you all know, I'm currently in Washington. I also took a day trip to San Fransisco with my mom and one of my best friends, Mariesa. Yes. A day trip. Don't get me wrong, it was so amazingly AWESOME, but it was very hectic trying to do a bunch of things within a 12 hour time frame. It was SO worth it though. If you ever have the opportunity to travel, whether it's for a day, a week, or a month, PLEASE do it. I have been traveling ever since I was little and words cannot describe how much I've learned from it. You learn to become aware of your surroundings, get to see beautiful sights, learn where you might wanna live in the future, or more times than not, where you DON'T wanna live. Plan a trip if you get the chance, or even better, go on a spontaneous trip like we did to San Fran!!! My main message for this post coincidentally comes from a book I've been reading (Love Does / Bob Goff - READ IT). In one chapter, the author talks about how if we got an invitation to the White House, most of us wouldn't turn it down. I mean I wouldn't, I'd be too curious to see what all it entails, but that's just me. He goes on to say that, "Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I've seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live." *PAUSE* THAT IS DEEP. Oh just wait, it gets better. He then talks about how turning down this invitation comes in different ways, some being "numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just average. It can also look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful." This next part is my favorite and the whole point to my post this week. "I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or we think we haven't really been invited. But you see, we have been invited-every day, all over again." And he is right. I know tons of people who say, "Oh I live my life to the fullest" but do you? Reading this part of the book the other day really spoke to me. Say you're going to live your life to the fullest and MEAN IT. Go on a random trip. It doesn't have to be out of state, just go out of town for the weekend. Laugh with friends. Stop pouting. Start living. Eat that cupcake. You're never going to get today back. Why waste it being negative, comparing yourselves to others, or just thinking your life is average? Your life is worth so so so much more than that!!! Start living life the right way, starting with reading that book :)
Mariesa and I in Sausalito, CA
THE Golden Gate Bridge
** For the record, I wasn't planning on including a blog on my website, but I figured why not :)
So for my first post, I figured I would tell y'all about my 7 mile hike I conquered the other day... BARELY.
I don't hike. Lol never. 3 of my friends invited me to go with them so, I figured I might as well go and get a good workout in while snapping some cool pics I probably won't ever get the opportunity to capture ever again (I'm in Washington state btw). Let me start off by saying, NONE of us were prepared for this trek. Long story short, it took us 4 (YES 4) HOURS to just get up the mountain. By the time we got up there, we were running very low on water, our legs were literally throbbing, and all we could think about was being airlifted down the mountain because our motivation to physically climb back down was nowhere to be found. That being said, the pain was well worth it. The pictures below do not give Lake Serene justice, it was absolutely beautiful. Obviously, we made it home safe and sound, (only took us 2 hours to get down lol) but this adventure made me realize something. I DID IT. Y'all there was one point during the hike where I almost burst into tears because I thought I couldn't continue on. And then at another point when we were making our way back down because my legs were giving out on me. Through all that pain, I pushed through and accomplished a climb that I was not prepared for. This experience is very similar to what I have been going through these past couple months. Around December, I decided I wanted to transfer to another university. I had recently switched my major and wanted to be closer to home. For me to make that change and switch schools, it was a lot of work. I was super stressed out during the spring & summer semesters due to balancing work and school. There were countless nights I would just cry myself to sleep because I was so stressed and I thought I wouldn't be able to get into another school with my GPA. Now it's the end of July and I am so happy to say I will be attending Texas State University in the fall :)
Back to that daggum hike... It really opened my eyes. I accomplished something I thought for sure I couldn't. I literally felt like a completely new person the next day, as cliche as that sounds lol. It also made me want to keep challenging myself, which brings me back to Texas State... As excited as I am for the fall, I am a little nervous because I know it will be a big change for me. What I'm trying to get at is, don't be scared. When you have an obstacle in front of you, think about how you're going to handle it, and HANDLE IT. "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves"... I wasn't even scared of the mountain or transferring schools, it was ME being scared I COULDN'T finish the end goal. Once you accomplish the goal, you get to look forward to the new beginnings it brings.... And I definitely am looking forward to what Texas State has to offer. I may even take another hike when I have some free time ;)
If I told y'all how difficult it was trying to get on this log to pose for a pic... That would be a whole other blog post lol
Lake Serene, WA