The Darling Nomadess: November 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Great American Road Trip: Chicago, Badlands, Wall Drug, Mount Rushmore, and Carhenge


There's something about a road trip that earns the excitement and attention from almost any American. Growing up, family vacations frequently revolved around packing up the car, hitting the open road, and enjoying America the Beautiful. Perhaps it is the sense of freedom that comes from escaping the quintessential small town into the vast beyond, the big cities, the quiet wilderness, and the kitschy Americana roadside stops.

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