The Darling Nomadess: Life Update!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Life Update!

Hello Darlings! Long time, no see! I promise I haven't completely fall off the edge of the earth (yet) and am alive and well. The last time I was able to post was back in July and even then, this summer was nowhere near consistent blogging! Now that I'm not working 80 hours a week, I finally have time to enjoy life outside of my career and pick back up on my favorite hobbies. So, what all has gone down the past few months? Here's an update and be on the lookout for more exciting content over the next few weeks as I ease back into blogging.



Career
To say this summer was insane would be an understatement. As soon as I got off the return flight from Europe I hit the ground running with my job as a Front Desk Trainer and Supervisor with Cedar Point Resorts. In July, I was promoted to a Front Office Manager position at one of the resort hotels and fell in love with the hospitality industry, even with an 80 hour work week. Cedar Point's season has now ended and I've recently made the move from Ohio to Colorado to work as a Front Desk Supervisor with Vail Resorts. Thankfully, the hours will be a normal 40 hours a week and I have a ton of free time that I literally have no idea what to do with anymore. I've never had so much free time in my life!

Life Goals
My birthday gift to myself this year was my application for the US Peace Corps, a dream of mine since early high school.  Well, after an intense interview, I was accepted into the Togo, Africa program to serve as a Secondary English Education and Gender Equality Teacher, departing June 2016. I accepted the invitation, without hesitation after doing a lot of research on the Togolese culture. Togo wasn't really a place I wanted to serve with the Peace Corps (my top 3 choices were actually Peru, Moldova, and Costa Rica). I'm still extremely nervous about this opportunity, especially to get my financials under control for 27 months. With the recent move to Colorado (I'm seriously in love with the mountains now you guys) I'm also nervous that I may turn down this opportunity. I mean, I can always apply for the Peace Corps later in life and hope that I am accepted into a program where I do want to serve. While I really want to fulfill my life goal of serving with the Peace Corps, I also want to ensure that my heart is in the right place for it, you know? What if Togo isn't where I'm meant to be for the next 27 months starting in June? Ahhh, decisions...

Love Life
While I may have been working 80 hours a week, I did manage to find an hour here or there to go on dates. Working in resorts and living with your co-workers, there are bound to be a lot of hook ups and such going on in-between employees. It's just the nature of the environment, especially with all of us working together as much as we do. I wanted to date outside of the resort employee base, so I actually downloaded the Tinder app to hopefully meet some cute locals (insert your judgments here, go ahead). Well, I actually had a good success rate of great dates. However, I did have one bad date, and by bad date, I mean epically bad date. Blog post to come later this month. The story involves a car on fire. Get. Excited.


So what kinds of posts and stories would you be interested in hearing as we get this blog baby back up and running? Post your favorite blog post that you've written in the past few months so I can read it! I want to catch up with my blogging friends! I've missed you all! 


With Love,
Ashliegh

10 comments:

  1. Oh I want to read about the car fire Tinder story -- that is just too good to keep from us! Congratulations on everything good happening to you -- you are an inspiration :) Can't wait for you to get back into blogging-- I missed you!!

    xoxo
    Briana

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  2. Welcome to Colorado!! It sounds like so many amazing things are happening, and I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on your acceptance into the Peace Corps! Such a huge accomplishment. But you're right... it's important for your heart to be in the right place if you take on something so demanding and huge as the Peace Corps, especially if it's your dream. I know you will do the right thing for you!

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  3. Your life is so exciting!! That's so awesome that you are headed to Africa to serve with the Peace Corps! I hope you enjoy your time in Colorado before leaving!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  4. We miss you girl!!!! SERIOUSLY. I miss being able to spend time with you in the sorority suite and catching up (dang, international life!) I can't wait to hear more about that awful date... and I'll be praying for you over that big decision. Let me know if you need someone to listen to you!
    Also, please do some posts about life in Colorado! I miss hearing about it!

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  5. Yay, you posted! Twenty seven months IS a huge commitment--good luck with whatever you decide. Also, this date story sounds...interesting. You really have me wondering how a car ended up in flames!

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  6. That`s such an amazing opportunity to serve with the Peace Corps, congratulations! As for the love life, I can completely relate but that bad date story sounds really intriguing I can`t wait to hear about it! xo

    My Lovelier Days

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  7. Loved hearing how you've been! Can't wait to see where life takes you :)

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  8. I'm so great to hear that you're doing well! That's awesome that you've made so many career moves in such a short amount of time. I definitely want to hear more about Colorado life. I've never been! Congrats on your acceptance into the Peace Corps. I understand how it can be a tough decision to make. At least you have some time to ponder it. I definitely think you should take the opportunity into consideration though, especially if it's been a life-long dream of yours. Either way, I know you'll make the best decision for yourself, and I think you'll be happy either way.

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  9. So glad to see you back to blogging!! Your plans and adventures this past summer and going forward sound amazing. I saw the move to Vail via Instagram and felt a ping of envy ... I did the same thing the year after I graduated moving from New Jersey to Colorado...I stayed there two years before moving to Seattle. I love the mountains but am definitely a water person....sooo you may find after a very snowy and cold winter, a tropical Pacific (?) locale may just be in order. Good luck on your decision to serve with the Peace Corp, it sounds amazing!!!

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  10. Oh geez, just Googled Togo and see that it's in Africa. Now that surely would be an interesting "adventure" to say the least. This suggestion may or may not be relevant, but I read the Masked Rider by Neil Peart (drummer for Rush) of a bike tour he made through West Africa. It may be worth a read in gathering information in your due diligence in making a final decision. You can probably get it from the Denver Public Library or Amazon.

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