ULTRASOUNDS, LONG-DISTANCE, & FLORIDA (LIFE UPDATE)

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Well hey there, long time no type….yeah I guess that sounds okay. HELLO! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve sat down and fully processed what’s been going on in my life recently and the best way I know how to do that is via blogging, so here I am. What’re the haps? I’m giving you the 411. Warning: this is going to be pretty random as my brain is tired & sometimes it’s just a good thing to not edit out your weirdness! Plus my internal dialogue is extra loud today and if I don’t let it out who knows what I may blurt out in person. No one wants that.

ORLANDO – Currently, I am sitting in a hotel room in Orlando, FL after just taking a Philosophy test that I was completely unprepared for but I did well so no worries. No, this is not a Spring Break Trip, Spring Break is actually next week but my professors kindly let me skip classes this week in order to attend the Exponential church planting conference. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I am learning a lot, questioning my life choices (in a good thinking about the future way) and getting to know people better which is my all-time favorite activity.  Plus, Florida holds a near and dear spot in my heart (particularly Universal Studios & Disney) so I am very happy to be here.

ULTRASOUND – Two weeks ago today I did something that was rather scary and finally went in for the ultrasound that I rescheduled from October (oops). My OBGYN had said she was 99.9% sure I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and after struggles with different medications and just wanting to know I had an ultrasound to get a clear picture. First of all, no one told me how much ultrasounds suck. They look all fun and dandy in movies with the gel and just rubbing your stomach, but it is a lie! You have to have a full bladder for the procedure. That means I had to drink 32 fl oz of water and not pee an hour before my appointment. Then, the tech proceeds to push down on your bladder repeatedly in order to take images of the ovaries and what-not to the point where I was concerned I was going to pee on the exam table. It was not enjoyable, but it needed to be done.

I MISS MY BEST FRIENDS – Remeber when I wrote a post in January about maintaining intentional friendships? Well, it’s really hard to do that when one of your best friends is across the country in Montana and another is across the globe in Australia. I’m really proud of Sarah for chasing her dreams & having the adventure of a lifetime across the world, but I do miss having my bestie gal close by. The other person I’m closest to (outside of family) is Preston who currently lives across the country in Montana. We have known each other since middle school, but in August of 2016, we reconnected and don’t go a single day without texting each other. As much as I love our daily conversations, it is really hard with him being so far away. Consider me old fashioned but I value face-to-face connections and time spent. He & his family are actually in the process of moving back to Johnson City, which I am THRILLED about, but are having trouble getting their house sold. With both of my closest friends being not nearby & not seeing my CC gals much anymore there’s been a growing hole in my heart. I know they’ll be back soon but I need help in trusting in God during the waiting.

GRADUATION?! – Um, yeah I made a graduation plan the other day. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read an email from my advisor saying it was time to do that. We talked about all the classes I need to take, when to take which classes, and talked about a possible internship opportunity in Washington D.C. It all made me feel really excited to join the “real-world” but also get smacked in the face with the nostalgia of where the time has gone. I’m still trying to decide what I’m going to do post-graduation but I have until December 2019 to figure that one out.

There’s a mini life update for you. It’s very random but I’m tired and needed to get some things off my head. I hope you all are doing well & remember how loved you are.

xx,

Bailey

Dealing with Distance

One thing in life I have dealt with a lot is distance. A lot of my friends and family are spread out and not very close to me. None of my family on my mom or dad’s side is in Johnson City; my mom’s relatives are mostly in Dandridge, TN (near Knoxville) and my Dad’s are in Pennsylvania. My dad actually has worked in Charlotte throughout the week for the past four years so I’ve only gotten to see him on the weekends. One of my very close friends moved to Montana and I haven’t seen him in four years (I get to see him this Summer though and I could not be more excited), and my very best friend moved to Knoxville this year to attend UT. Needless to say it can get really hard not having the people that I love and care about right near me.

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The past year has seemed especially hard in the realm of long distance relationships. My best friend, Sarah, and I used to spend every single weekday together and that is no exaggeration. We went to the same high school and the same dance studio which meant we spent a lot of time with one another. Then September came and we were suddenly headed in separate directions. I was so used to being able to just hang out and visit one another whenever we wanted and now it’s really hard to not be able to do that. We still text a lot and visit when we can but it’s just not the same! I stay positive by remembering that we are experiencing amazing new things and this is just where our God’s plan is taking each of us. Even though we may not spend as much time together we are still best friends.

Not having family nearby has probably been one of the hardest things. I love all of my family members and love spending time with them but I feel like I never get to see them enough. The one good thing about that is the times we do spend together are really special. Every time I get to see them is a treasure and we get to make really great memories! We still stay really close by texting or snapchatting which definitely helps us stay connected. I don’t know what I would do without the support and love of my family. They make me who I am and I am so blessed to have them.

 

Dealing with distance can be a really hard thing to do. Luckily, there are things like Skype and FaceTime that make the distance not seem as long. Distance makes us cherish time spent together and realize just how lucky we are to have the people we have around us. New technologies definitely help ease the pain of being separated, but it’s never the same as being face to face. Stay positive by making sure to make every moment with people count and making sure to stay in touch with people. Don’t go too long without talking to someone and make sure they know they are valued. Also, never underestimate the power of good ole’ snail mail and a care package; it’s the things that can be physically held that can mean the most. Distance definitely sucks but it will never defeat you unless you give it the opportunity.

Have a great weekend and remember to always look for the positives.

xx,

Bailey