Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Newest Chapter...

I know its been forever since I've been on here and I was honestly contemplating just deleting it altogether...but I feel like I have so much to write about right now that it's just not the right time to give it up.

Since my last update, drum roll please....I got my first big girl job! Oh yeah, and moved away from home (as in Fresno). Pretty much the biggest life decision I've had to make so far. Leaving the only place I've ever lived, my security blanket of North Fresno, and both of my parents was definitely the hardest part of this big change in my life. I was so unsure about everything at first...Was I going to like it? Would I make friends? Would I like my job? What if I hate it? (plus a million more questions just like these).

Thankfully, everything is great over here in good ole' Mo Hill, California. I knew very little about the place I was about to move to, but turns out Morgan Hill is a beautiful, quaint little town in the South Bay Area full of wineries and...mushrooms (yes, mushrooms). I love love LOVE my job and the people I work with. I am so lucky to have found a job as an Event Coordinator for one of the leading bicycle companies in the world fresh out of college. Specialized is an amazing company to work for...filled with amazing, passionate people who I have already grown to love.

Being on my own has probably been the biggest wake up call of all. I am so grateful that I have the best parents who taught me valuable lessons about responsibility while growing up. Every day that I wake up in my little studio apartment I feel a sense of pride that I am able to be on my own and pay my own bills (I'm humming the song "Bills" by Destiny's Child in my head right now). ;)

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Welcome to the Real World...

I know, I know....it's been a century since I've updated this thing. Sorry for the delay, a lot has been going on in the life of Suzanne Jenkins.

Lets see...where to start? Well, I am officially a college graduate as of December 17th, 2010 (!!!!). It's a little weird to think about that chapter in my life being closed. Bittersweet, I guess. I know everybody says this, but it seriously flew by. There were plenty of good times, many many stressful times, and more than a few that I just plain don't remember (oops!). All in all, my college experience suited me well. My mom tells me that I never really "experienced" college because I didn't move away from home and join a sorority. I tell her that she would have missed me too much if I had moved away and that I would have killed myself if I had to live in a house with 40 girls. Just not my thing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Fresno State...my major, my amazing professors, and all the people I met along the years. I can proudly say that I found my "niche's" in college, which turned out to be the studies of Communication and Philosophy. There is nothing I enjoy more than learning about the human communicative behaviors, public speaking, and asking the big questions of life...OK, well maybe there are a few things I enjoy more, but you know what I mean. Now that I have successfully wrapped up a degree...it's on to the next thing. What is it they say, "Welcome to the Real World"?

The job search has officially started. Actually, it started back in September. It is definitely harder than I thought to find a good job that I will enjoy. I am pretty sure that I graduated college at the worst possible time, the job market is horrible. Here I am, this freshly educated, motivated, and eager 23 year old girl who is looking for someone to take a chance on her so she can prove herself. And you know who her competition is? A 45 year old man with 10+ years of experience who got laid off and is now willing to take MY entry level job. NOT FAIR. But life isn't fair, right? I have had a few leads, a couple interviews, but nothing has worked out yet. I am staying positive and staying on it, sooner or later I will find that perfect opportunity that is meant to be. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

Other than graduating college and being on the job hunt, the past few months have been jam packed with holiday festivities, getting my butt into shape, and spending time with the people I love most. Oh, and I almost forgot...my brother got engaged!! Since my brother spent Christmas over in Spain with his beautiful "fiance" and her family, my parents came over the hill and spent the holidays with Ryan's family and me. His family is so welcoming and made my parents feel right at home. After a whirlwind of Christmas events, Ryan and I escaped to his families' cabin at Northstar, Tahoe for New Years. We spent a few days boozing, sledding, and enjoying the company of family and good friends.

My mom's thoughts of January are starting to wear off on me...hard to get back into the swing of things, a little depressing because Christmas decorations have to come down, and its bitter cold outside. I am trying to keep busy and focusing my time on training for my first ever sprint triathlon in May, finding that J-O-B, and just enjoying this time of my life. The Virgo in me has a hard time just relaxing and being content with not knowing what's next, but this "in limbo" time might not last very long (hopefully it doesn't!)...so I'm just gonna take it all in and love it.

I apologize for the lack of photos but I'm not on my personal computer. Pictures will follow.

'Till next time, SDJ

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Little Things...

As I sat in the chair today at the dentist, I was thinking about how fortunate I am to have insurance to cover the costs of my root canal (yeah, not fun). Not just fortunate to have insurance, but also fortunate to have a supportive family, a loving boyfriend, great friends, a healthy body, a place to live, food to eat, and clothes to wear...

Aside from a family, a partner, friends, health, etc...it is the little things in life that make me happy. These little things are unique to every person...

Let me share some of mine with you...
  • sleeping in.
  • wine. whenever, where ever.
  • hot showers & deep conditioner.
  • down pillows.
  • massages.
  • the sound of my moms voice on the phone.
  • dogs.
  • babies.
  • bubble baths.
  • text messages from my dad & cross country chats with my bro.
  • aquariums.
  • freshly painted toes.
  • the smell of downy.
  • candles.
  • fro yo.
reminding everyone to stop complaining and be thankful for the big things that matter and the little things that help put a smile of your face.

xo, SUZ

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Yin and Yang

Innocent little Brady...

and his evil big brother.

I guess someone's gotta keep the balance.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Just call me Betty...

ok, or not.

Last night I took a huge step in life...and baked from SCRATCH. This may not be a big deal to many, but I am quite proud of myself. The best part of this story is that my homemade banana muffins actually turned out AMAZING. I've already had two myself.

my little masterpieces :)

next goal...attempting to cook ;)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Meg's 22nd Birthday Extravaganza

Last weekend, myself and 7 of my girlfriends headed to San Francisco for my best friend/roommate's 22nd birthday. We all decided that a girl's weekend was much needed in all of our lives (not that we don't completely adore our other halves) so, no boys were allowed this trip. These pictures pretty much explain themselves, but just to give a little background information and timeline of how the night went...

3:30pm - Arrived at the W Hotel in San Francisco.
4:30 to 6pm - The alcohol started flowing as the hair got curled, dresses got zipped, and lip gloss got applied.
7:00pm - First round of shots at the hotel bar.
9:00pm- Shots #2, 3, 4, & possibly 5?...
10-??pm - Using and ABUSING our dance moves. Oh, and shots #6 & 7...I think.
??am- ??am - ???????.

This is how I remember that amazing night in the city, or...don't remember it. Either way, these pictures tell the story. Here's to girlfriends, birthdays & blurry yet great memories.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hey Soul Sister...

I knew when we collided you're the one I have decided
who's one of my kind...

Just in time I´m so glad you have a one track mind like me

Hey soul sister hey that mister mister on the radio stereo
The way you move ain't fair you know
Hey soul sister I don't want to miss a single thing you do

(This post is dedicated to my nearest & dearest friend
Patty Schmidt, because she is my soul sister.)