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Six Months Later…

15 Sep

After a shamefully long hiatus from the blogosphere world, I am back! I debated the best approach to this – fill in the gap with all the highlights and noteworthy happenings or take the lazy-TV-show-approach and skip forward a few years (or months in this case) and pick up right here? I’ll go for the combo.

So, here I sit – on a steamy September day, college football in the background, typing away. My, how life has happened lately… funny how that works. The past year has been fraught with life lessons, challenging obstacles, heartache, heartbreak, and plenty of perseverance. However, I feel the hope rising and the joy creeping back in.

I am now convinced that I have experienced my quarter-life crisis a year early (or maybe I won’t make it quite to 100 – although 96 sounds alright to me) and am finally coming out on the other side. On the cusp of 25, I feel a renewed sense of purpose and an inspiring optimism.

When I was a fresh-faced college freshman at the ripe age of 17, I thought by 25 I would have life figured out. Obviously I would be marrying my Prince Charming (or at least be engaged to him), be killing it in the corporate world and excelling in my career, have a rocking body, perfectly Pinterested home, organic garden in my backyard, and an awesome dog. Well, nearly eight years later, here I am – a few months shy of 25, and the only thing my 17-year-old brain predicted correctly was the awesome dog (btw – thanks for being so cool, Loki).

So that’s not where I’m at right now – but you know what? I’m totally okay with it. Part of growing up is facing unrealistic expectations, dealing with them, and coming out stronger on the other side. That’s why disappointment hurts, rejection is a bitch, and breakups suck. Thank god I didn’t settle for that jerk that treated me badly. And I probably saved myself from some embarrassment by gaining experience through internships the past couple years instead of trying to throw 22-year-old Keely into a professional entry level position.

But now i’m ready. To say cacao to unpaid internships and douchebag boyfriends. To toxic friendships. To shady people. To not feeling good enough or pretty enough or smart enough.

So this is the story of my journey. Into the world. Into myself. A 20-something-year-old post graduate independent lady figuring out the ins and outs of life. The first item on my never-ending checklist: Stop with the unpaid internships and find an entry level position in my (or hopefully a related) field. Easier said than done? I’ll let you know.

Until next time – xoxo

cacao

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