Adventures with Allyson!

Adventures With Allyson: Adulthood Summer

Wassup Arrowheads?! We’re going on another adventure today!

This summer marks my first summer that I’ve had to work full-time, being that I just graduated from college in May. And, after spending my previous 22 summers not having to take summer courses, or only working part-time as a tutor at my local community college, I’ve had to do some major adjusting.

The aspect that’s hit me hardest is my sleep schedule. I’m used to staying up past eleven or later, reading or writing most of the time. Being that I have to wake up around six or six-thirty during the week now, that’s had to come to an end, even though I still can’t manage to fall asleep before midnight most nights. Thus, I’ve been bringing coffee with me to work every single morning. 😛

Then there’s the fact that all freetime comes after five-thirty, when I get home from work. I’m thankful that God provided me with a job that’s only twenty-five to thirty minutes away from my house, but I miss being able to go swimming during the day, or taking random trips to the beach. And sleeping in until nine or ten!

But, all of this Adulthood stuff didn’t really start sinking in until I was cleaning out my room the other day. I still had pocketbooks in my closet from middle school, a magnadoodle toy stashed somewhere, and all kinds of stuffed animals. Then I came across some of my writing from middle school and high school; poems I wrote about crushes I never knew would fizzle out, songs I wrote about people who never cared. I just realized this week that I no longer talk to anyone I was friends with in high school. It seems that Adulthood has just grabbed us all by the horns and has taken control.

But you know what? Even though I’m as nostalgic as they come and will forever cherish my childhood, I’m kind of excited to see where life is going to take me in years to come. 23 has been amazing so far: I’ve self-published my first novel, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, and got my first full-time job within the first few months. Only God knows what amazing things could come next! Who knows? I could be married and have kids of my own within the next decade. I could have four or five books published by then. Heck, maybe I could even become a bestselling author? Whatever story God has written for me, I know it’s going to be amazing, and I’m beyond excited to see it fulfilled!

-Allyson 😀

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