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Gratitude Friday: The Beginning of the End Edition

After worrying about this semester ever since January, it is finally upon me.  I am officially in my last year of graduate school and will begin seeing my first real clients in about a week! This is the last time I ever need to rummage through the school supplies section at Target. It is truly the end of an era.  Though, you never know. The minute I graduated from college, I decided to never return to academia. Two years of full-time work later, I started grad school. HA. In many ways, I feel unprepared for the internship I am about to start.  However, I’m a quick learner and am passionate about counseling. My class that goes along with the internship started on Wednesday night.  I have a wonderful cohort of 12 other interns (each one is working at a different agency) and we will be together discussing our cases once a week throughout the school year. I’m terrified, but eager to get started with my internship on September 8th! I’m grateful for this quote, which complements my situation beautifully 🙂 TinaFeySayYes I’m grateful that Andy and I went to the Brookfield Zoo last weekend! IMG_1191   Our recent trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo inspired us to check out Chicagoland’s other zoo: Brookfield Zoo! Andy had been to Brookfield in the past, but this was my first time there. I’m grateful that it’s easy for me to laugh and enjoy my life. If I don’t have that, then what do I have? IMG_1233 I’m grateful that I had such a great year of volunteering.  Next week is my last week of volunteering at a residential community for people who have disabilities.  I started volunteering one year ago and have grown close to the residents and staff. It’s so sad that I will no longer have time to volunteer, but it’s important for me to move forward and pursue my dreams 🙂 I’m grateful for the Timehop app. You guys, I am obsessed with Timehop. Seeing what I was doing a year ago or SIX YEARS AGO is mindboggling. Timehop makes me appreciate my life so much more; reflecting on good memories makes me excited for whatever will happen next. IMG_1278  

Britta, Katerina, and I randomly bought matching sweatpants the night before we went our three separate ways six years ago. It was an especially big deal because I was leaving to study abroad in Costa Rica for 4 months! Sisterhood of the Non-Traveling Pants forever 😉

I’m grateful that life is moving forward. After two years in grad school, I feel like it’s time to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone.  I am so terrfied for the changes ahead, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It would be painful for me to keep going on as I have been for two years straight. How would I grow? How would I feel proud of myself? It’s time for the next chapter, and I am welcoming it with open arms (and a lot of anxiety, HA)! I’m grateful for Labor Day weekend! My coworkers and I are going out downtown; some of our favorite old coworkers are meeting up with us, too! I. Can’t. Wait. I have no idea of what else I’ll do, but I’m sure it will be amazing!

What are you doing for Labor Day weekend?!