Goodbye Summer & Hello Grad School

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IMG_8599Well, Labor Day Weekend is the end of it all, especially in Alaska. I just spent the last “summer weekend” camping with some of my favorite people. I harvested what I could of my garden last week as Thursday night brought our first hard frost. The nights are chilly and the defrost button is remembering what it’s good for in my car. I have been so busy enjoying this incredible (yet wettest in 100 years) summer, that I am just now able to slow down for 5 minutes (yes, thats about all you get) to reflect and catch up on some blogging. I planned some awesome group bike rides and added some incredible people to my social circle (or “tribe” as some of my friends call us). I competed in several 5ks, a 10k and amazingly, I finished TWO sprint Triathlons. That is something I never saw myself doing! I took an amazing vacation with my best friend that came from Ohio. I went to an incredible women’s only workshop called “Becoming an Outdoors Woman.” That, I can truly say, changed my life in many ways. I camped and fished more this summer than I have since I was a kid. It makes me wish I could hit rewind or fast forward and start at the beginning of the summer. I am not ready for it to end and I am not ready to bust out the indoor bike trainer. The one thing I have to look forward to is my favorite race of the year – the Equinox Marathon Relay in a few weeks. I am holding out for good weather and pretending that fall/winter weather doesn’t really come until then (yes, I know I’m in full denial). 

IMG_8608As I sit here relaxing at my new roll top desk (awesome deal on Craigslist, btw) and listening to Jack Johnson, I just hit “purchase now” on the last of my grad school textbooks that I couldn’t get away with not buying. Tomorrow, I start orientation for my Master of Social Work program at USC. The intensive advanced standing program that I was both crazy enough to apply to and lucky enough to be accepted to starts next week. I can say goodbye to much of my personal/social life, so maybe the end of the summer and beginning of the cold is a good thing. Life is changing in so many ways. More than I expected this year. More than I expected all at one time. But here we go. A new season with many new scary and exciting beginnings to come. 

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop – a bunch of awesome women! 

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Group Ride to Cleary Summit 

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Fishing for Pike

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#fearless2014 

“What is it that’s hold you back, in #fearless2014?” 

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3 thoughts on “Goodbye Summer & Hello Grad School

  1. Good short and very eventful, way to go Christina!! You took on the wettest year on record in style, now on to great things at school!

    • Thanks, Mike! You sure are missed up here, but I love seeing all of your adventures! It’s not far from my mind to plan a visit to see you, I promise! Plenty of people have complained about the rain, rain, rain. But somehow, much of my garden survived and so did all of us. Get out and enjoy life or complain about it, right? I say enjoy it.

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