Independence Day

Happy 4th of July!

I know, I know, long time no blog. The last few months have been a whirlwind. Even though I love writing, I gave myself permission to take a little sabbatical to keep my sanity. It feels so good to be back behind the computer with a little time and space to process what these last few months have meant. Whew.

I am currently in the middle (actually the EXACT middle) of my absolute final clinical rotation of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. I began pursuing this career path 4 long years ago, and I certainly feel like a different person now than when I started. It is crazy to imagine walking across a stage next month to receive my diploma. I am so overwhelmed with emotion leading up to that day, and it has been challenging to remain focused on where my head needs to be.

In the midst of this final push toward graduation, I was able to do a bit of travel between semesters. First I got the privilege of being in Georgia with my best friend while she labored with her second son and brought him into the world. There aren’t really words to describe what it meant for me to get to experience seeing someone I have known and loved since I was 15 exhibit such strength and peace and beauty as she fought for days to bring a sweet life onto the planet. I love this season where my friends are becoming parents for the first, second, and third time. I am constantly in awe of the selflessness it takes to parent, and so grateful for the example that others have set for me when my turn arrives. I will forever be grateful for those 2 short days in Atlanta, and can’t wait to go back as soon as I can.

After Georgia, Josh and I took a getaway to California for a few days. We stayed in Venice Beach, and ate our weight in Poke and acai bowls, walked up and down the beach, sat in tons of traffic, and had a generally wonderful time of togetherness before a new semester began. I know our days of easy stand-by getaways are limited, with jobs and eventually kids on the horizon, but I sure am grateful we got so many good years to ourselves before the madness starts. I sure do love that guy.

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I have been blessed beyond belief with an incredible fieldwork site this semester. I am learning so much every day, my instructor has been so encouraging and empowering, and I ¬†am constantly reminded of why I chose the profession that I did. Although the thought of having my training wheels taken off and being released into the world of employment sounds unbelievably daunting at the moment, I am trying every day to remain present and grateful for each day I’m under the guidance of such a supportive staff at St David’s Rehab.

That’s all for now, but I’m happy to jump pack into blogging a little more as things settle down a bit (or do they ever?). I hope everyone is enjoying your 4th of July as much as we are. –Current status: Still in bed. At 12:30pm.

Hooray America!!!

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