This summer, I was supposed to be babysitting less than 10 hours a week and focusing on blogging and writing a couple of books. Guess what? That did not happen.
I feel like I have opened so many blog posts with apologies about not providing enough posts and such but I guess it’s kind of cocky of me to assume that you all feel like you’re missing out. Honestly, I love blogging but life has been so crazy that hobbies have taken a back burner while I sort things out.
I have had so much stuff going on (all good stuff!!) and I wanted to take a minute to share what I have been doing and where I am going. This summer has been so good to me and this year will be even greater so I wanted to share the excitement.
A Recap of My Summer
This summer is the last of my undergraduate career and I did not want to waste a minute of it being too bored or too busy. Last summer, I was working 45 to 50 hours a week as a full time nanny and I was drained. The 9-5 (more like 8-6) hour work schedule was not doing it for me and I knew that I could not do that again. This summer, I ended up working nearly as many hours but this time, I would take on one or two 11-hour days a week so that I had free time to work on something very exciting.
As many of you may know, I like writing…a lot. Last summer I started this blog for fun and had no idea that it would become so much more: a career. Over the past six months or so, many doors have been opened up to me. I have been doing work as a writer and I could not be happier. My goal is to transition to writing full time and I am actually starting my own writing business! With this career path, I will have the freedom to follow a major dream of mine (but more on that later.)
This summer, I was afforded the opportunity to travel to Italy with 34 people from my university. This trip was phenomenal! I crossed a few things off of my “30 Before 30” list and added a few things to my ongoing bucket list. Thanks to some funding from the lovely state of Florida and a donor at my school, I was able to pay $36 + airfare for 17 days in Italy (which included excursions, food, transportation and hotel). Of course, I shelled out some more money to travel independently on the weekends, but this price was still so low and exciting. If you know me, you know that I live a frugal lifestyle so that I can travel and such so being blessed with this opportunity was more than I could ever dream of. I made so many friends and memories that I will forever cherish.
Speaking of financial wins, I reached two major goals this summer, one being financial and one being academic. I am especially proud of reaching the financial goal because even though I made it more difficult as I went through the summer, I reached it with almost a month left until my “deadline.” What makes me even happier about reaching this goal is that I did so doing something I love: writing. Of course there were many hours of babysitting involved, but the fact that nearly half of my income has come from writing is so exciting to me!
As if summer was not exciting enough, I had a lovely trip to Pennsylvania this past weekend. I had such a nice time visiting with my grandparents, two great-grandmas, and lots of aunt, uncles, and cousins. My trip was so laid back and relaxing, but I was still able to fit almost everybody in. It was great to catch up with a ton of my cousins who I haven’t spent a lot of time with since I moved to Florida. The highlight of my trip was definitely hanging out with an 11-year-old Amish rabbit breeder named Harvey Jr.
Most of my freetime has gone to studying and researching for the set up and launch of my freelance writing business. I have been learning my strengths in weaknesses in different areas of writing and have found that I am decent at copywriting (which is basically writing marketing content for websites). Exploring some of the many different areas has been so fun, so I know that I have finally chosen the right career path.
So, I mentioned that this year is going to be an exciting one and that is true for many reasons. For starters, I am going into my senior year of college. Before you say “wow that went by so fast,” remember that I am graduating in only three years so it did, in fact, go about 25% faster than it was supposed to. I will be graduating in May with my B.A. in Global Studies with minors in English, Economics and Philosophy. As much as I love school and learning, I am so excited to be done…for now.
Graduate school is (hopefully) in my future, but not necessarily the near future. (Do not be surprised when I am Dr. Krings one day.) There are a few more things that I would like to experience before I settle on the next academic move I will make after next May.
This fall, I will be expanding upon my research on at-risk youth and poverty in the Dominican Republic as part of my Senior Seminar/Capstone course. I’m so excited to be working alongside one of my favorite professors. I am hoping to be able to present my research at an international conference so that I can bring light to an issue that is dear to me.
Now let’s move onto the most exciting part. A dream of mine is in the process of coming true. As a few of you know, next July I will be moving to the Dominican Republic!!!!! I have been offered the opportunity to go and teach at a middle school and high school. I will be teaching English and possibly math. Here is a little FAQ since most people have the same questions.
This journey begins in about 11 months, but I am already working on curriculums and school supply drives so that I will be super prepare to be the best teacher that I can be! When I decided to go as a permanent missionary, I did not think I would be teaching, but I am so incredibly excited for this experience.
The next year of my life is going to be a wild one. I know that I am going to have to work really hard to reach all of my goals, but I am up for the challenge! I am so happy to be sharing this journey with old and new friends. I am striving to get the most of this great life that I have been given.