Well, I had my first week of classes and that means summer is officially over. I’m not the kind of person who is really effected by this – all it means is a new chapter is starting. I’m not going to lie, this chapter is particularly scary for me because it involves being across the country from everything I know. To be fair: I asked for this. But summer was something else. I started a brand new job right at the beginning of the summer and that meant 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. weekdays I was inside. Not that we had very many sunny days, but this was kind of my first grown up job. Also, the first time (in pretty much ever) that Justin and I were on basically the same schedule! Aside from when he was out of town working, we spent any time we possibly could outside.

If you have spent any amount of time in Alaska, you know that summer cannot be beat. Endless sunlight plus an adventurous attitude can get you anywhere and create some pretty awesome memories! Having a little bit more independence this summer, I was able to grow some of my friendships as well as begin some others that I believe are going to last a very long time! Camping, late night campfires, playing with Atlas, and so much more. Even though I had less free time this summer than I have had in the past, I was able to experience Alaska in an entirely new way and be a tourist in my home state. That was so special to me because it is something I can have with me in Arizona.

While I didn’t eat as many s’mores as I would have liked, I did do some pretty awesome things this in the Summer of 2018!! I officially finished my Associates of Arts degree through the University of Alaska Anchorage, my best friend asked me to become his wife (July 28th, 2018), and I managed to get almost everything checked off of my summer bucket list! Honestly, I have been out of Alaska for less than a month and I have already talked more about my home than maybe ever in my life – and I could not be more proud to call Alaska my home! This was a successful summer in my book!!

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