Tuesday, August 28, 2007

End of summer, beginning of a new chapter

Well, summer has drawn to a close, my friends are back at school and starting classes, and I am packing up to move. I landed a job at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, which I am very excited about!

I move on Monday to Wake Forest, NC and start work as the News and Information Specialist on Tuesday. I found an apartment, and I think I'm going to love it! The thrill of being on my own, decorating my own place, caring for my space, and cooking for myself is very real right now. That might all change after a couple weeks on my own, but we'll see.

My apartment won't be ready until almost 2 weeks after I move to Wake Forest, so that means I'll be living on campus in the girl's dorm. Though I'm thankful for such a cost-efficient solution (believe me, saving money is definitely something I am into right now) I am not excited about going back to dorm life, even if for 2 weeks. I think it will be an awkward transition. Mom thinks it's a great way to focus solely on my job for the first two weeks. The other benefit I see is maybe meeting some girls to become friends with who AREN'T married, like all of my contacts over there are!

I am just excited to get into my new place and start to put together everything I have bought to decorate it! Mom said I should do a blog about "How to Furnish and Decorate an Apartment for $1,000" which is what I have done. The Lord has blessed me so much in my hunt for good bargains on nice furniture, etc. Maybe more to come on that subject later (with pictures!).

Tomorrow I am driving to Jackson to see some of my college friends one last time before I move. It will be really good to see them and hang out, but also bittersweet to say goodbye. My new home in Wake Forest/Raleigh is 10 1/2 hours from Jackson, so I don't see myself going back in the near future once I start the job.

Please pray for my transition, both into the new job and apartment, but also into life by myself. I think it will be really good for me to live alone, and I just hope I can hack it!