Friday, December 24, 2010

Settling in and reflecting on vacation

So as I mentioned before, the last month and a half has been pure chaos in my life I would say. I have been juggling a lot of different areas (only one or two well) and seeing where I land.  I believe that in the last two weeks of transitioning I have re-evaluated some thoughts I had about myself.  First, I think that I am internally reflecting on more than I ever have in the past.  I would have considered myself someone that processes feelings and thoughts by talking to others and thinking out loud.  I have actually done the complete opposite in a lot of areas of my life when I moved to Albuquerque.  I don't think it is bad, but I have given myself time to think of what kind of life I want to set up in this new place.  Secondly,  I believe my opinions on how to experience life are continually evolving.  I am lucky enough to be introduced and exposed to more things that one day I hope to conquer like becoming a rock climber or bigger adventure sport person.  For example of what I am experiencing different compared to Phoenix: I actually jumped at an outing where a bunch of people were going to a bar to watch a local reggae band play on a weekend night.  Phoenix = never happen  Albuquerque= BRING IT ON!!! We get to this bar and there was a pretty good following of the band and people would sing their original music at the top of their lungs and dancing in the middle of the hardwood floors.  I looked around and realized I was nowhere close to doing things my friends and I did back in Phoenix, but I actually had a total blast with these newly met friends!  I am also hoping that I may get to learn how to snowboard this season.  I cant remember the last time I went skiing and the opportunity to get involved with people that do some different things like going out on the slopes has been a great blessing.  Overall, I'd say I am still settling in and trying to understand the atmosphere.  I am a bit homesick having a boyfriend, sister, and huge group of friends back where I used to be, but I think with time everything will become normal.  I was able to complete an 8.5 mile run in the mountains the other day, so I am hoping that helps the training I am doing to get ready for the half.  My half marathon is less than a month away!!!  My first one ever too! I am starting to get nervous with the amount of time I will have in Phoenix that weekend but hopefully I will get to see most everyone when I am back.  I almost booked 10 tickets from ABQ to PHX just to make sure I see everyone pretty often and it was really cheap on Southwest.  If anyone is looking to hang in NM hurry and look at those deals!  I have an apartment waiting for visitors!  Well I have rambled enough I believe so I will be headed to bed.  Until next time kids!  

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I'm a New Mexican! :)

Woahhhh!  Can it be?  I see that it has been OVER two months since I last wrote anything and that is just downright lame!  It is funny for me to look at the last post I wrote which touch upon a new assignment I had been given working on key accounts.  Oddly enough, this one is somewhat of the same announcement...I was promoted! :)  I am now working as a Territory Sales Manger over grocery stores all over the West Albuquerque area.  I am/was totally surprised/honored/flattered/nervous/excited in the matter of a 5 minute span when my boss offered me the position for lots of different reasons.  You know I believe I was itching to move in a way and God answered my prayers in a funny way I would say.  I think time and again I am reminded that God's plans for my life sometimes do not come close to the ones I have in mind.  Example A, I dont know anybody in the state of New Mexico (and I feel like I know a lot of people from a lot of different states).  I don't know that I have ever prayed for God to move me to NM, but I am totally surprised how different my predicition of what ABQ would be like was from the truth that I know thus far.  So far I have discovered that NM is way more like CO than AZ.  Did you know that Albuquerque is actually at a HIGHER elevation than Denver? Weird, right?!  So what does that mean or why do I care?  Well the last month of my half marathon training will involve RUNNING in that!  I think I was a little apprehensive about that idea earlier on, but to be honest, I think K and I are ready for the race!  I am actually really excited about it now!  I figure if I can train in the mountains, flat Phoenix should be cake right?  Hopefully so...I guess the biggest obstacle right off the bat here has been the realization I have no friends in this state yet.  I feel like it is completely different moving to a new city for a job than for school, because I remember not knowing a soul at ASU.  It was a bit different because I knew I would find friends through all of the clubs I could be involved in. I am still in the process of finding what ABQ has to offer, so if anyone is aware of anything to do LET ME KNOW! :)  I am in the process of unpacking still as I was moved into my nice 1 bedroom apartment a few days ago, so I am off!  I will update on the job, place, and area in the near future, so stay tuned!