What a summer this year has had in store. I can’t believe that school starts in one week and that the summer of 2018 has come to an end. It’s been a crazy ride that has gone by seemingly too fast. At work, I gained more responsibility in my position, got to do some really cool graphic design/logo work, tried my best to keep things smooth sailing within my time, created a 27-page booklet from digital design all the way to print, wrote a lot, and somehow managed to do it all while keeping my sanity & social life intact. We took a family vacation to Fells Point, MD & Harrisburg, PA where I got to visit an aquarium, conquer a little piece of my irrational fear of ghosts (I don’t know if I believe they’re real, but staying at the Admiral Fell Inn sure made it seem like they were), see Harry Styles live on tour, eat a lot of Amish pretzels & pierogis, spend time with two of the cutest little boys in all of PA, & spend precious time with my family. I got to pet sit for many different friends & basically spent over half the summer living out of other people’s homes. Overall, this summer was packed full of growth and learning. To wrap it all up, here is a list of some of the things I learned:
- Saying goodbye is okay because more than often you’ll see that person again if they are someone who’s meant to be in your life.
- It’s okay to hand things off to other people and not try to juggle everything by yourself. You’ll likely lose your marbles if you try.
- Mama Mia 2 is a great movie, but it will make you want to cry like a baby.
- Any sort of baby fever can be squashed when you spend a week with a 2 & 3-year-old. They’re exhausting!
- Adobe Illustrator is not my friend, but I’m determined to make it my friend one day.
- When proofing the same content over & over again, a change of scenery can definitely help.
- Distance sucks in all types of relationships, but it’s worth it to do what you can to stay in touch.
- Dreaming big is important, especially with a God who can move mountains.
- Follow through is SO important. Saying you’ll do something doesn’t mean much if you don’t put words into action.
- Don’t forget to make specific time for resting.
- Time away from your phone is good for the soul.
- Having artificial nails is all fun and games until you try to take them off yourself and it hurts.
- Never let your age define you. You can be mature beyond your years and ready to take on the world.
- No creative idea is stupid. It may take some rearranging or really good planning to execute, but that’s how some of the best things are created.
I’m pretty sure this summer is the best one I’ve had so far. I definitely had rough days, but overall I’ve been filled with immense joy in what I’m doing, the people in my life, and the direction God is taking me. I’ve grown in myself and my skills in what I’m studying to do. It’s been a great reminder that I absolutely love the industry that I’m studying to be in, and already getting into it. It’s got me thinking more about what exactly where I want to go career-wise. I know I want to go into PR for a company that’s putting out positive messages, but other than that I’m not sure. I know God’s got a great plan and this summer was for sure a part of it.
What are some of your most memorable parts of this summer?