AHHH! I’ve been thinking about this for a while… how could I possibly manage to write a blog post explaining my sudden drop off the face of instagram last year. Let’s just get straight to it: I’M SORRY FRIENDS. I’m not sorry for leaving, but for the way I did it - without warning or explanation. I honestly did not expect my last post to be my last. Life got busy, confusing, and exciting all at the same time. I was having trouble focusing on school while trying to maintain an instagram presence and trying to simultaneously make friends in a new city (even typing that stresses me out!!).
BUT, the way I left you guys was NOT. COOL. Instead of writing a novel to you about my life, I’m gonna cut straight to it in a nice organized format so you can get all the juicy deets quick n easy and we can go back to being BFFs.
WHAT HAPPENED THO??
I failed a midterm. Lol, right? But guys - GRAD SCHOOL. I’ve been working so hard my entire life to receive my Master’s degree, and when I got to graduate school I realized that I actually didn’t love it all that much. By Spring 2017 I was slacking hard - focusing on instagram waaaay more than school, and completely bombed a super important test. I freaked out. I’m a straight A student - legit, I’m suuuuch a NERD. So obviously I sat in my car and sobbed for a few hours thinking my life was over, when I realized that what I really needed to do was list out my priorities. Turns out, even though I didn’t love school, it was important for me to finish what I had started. I also wanted a chance to be more present with the people and activities surrounding me in Portland. I couldn’t keep up an instagram presence and do this at the same time… i got overwhelmed. I kept saying “i’ll go back next week”, and here we are 13 months later.
SO, WHAT’VE YOU BEEN UP TO SISTA??
WELL, I GRADUATED! HAAAAY! I received my Masters of Science in Speech & Language Pathology literally last weekend. I’ve worked on myself from the inside out - doing what feels right intuitively in all aspects of life. Eating intuitively, working out intuitively, studying intuitively, being on my phone/instagram intuitively. Living like this for the last year has allowed me time to focus on what’s right in front of me and to appreciate life for all it is. This year has allowed me to treasure moments of solitude and find gratitude in food, life, and love. I made lifelong friends in Portland and also fell in love with a really incredible man who makes living life more and more magical each and every day. OH - I also cut & dyed my hair... I guess blondes doo have more fun?!
I MOVED BACK TO CALIFORNIA. I miss all aspects of Portland - friends, greenery, cool coffee shops, dogs on every corner. But, I’ve always been a California girl at heart. I missed my family and the sun. I accepted a job offer at a Private Practice Speech Pathology clinic where I’ll be working as an SLP with children ages 0-18. I’ll be living in Los Angeles, continuing my journey of finding gratitude and joy in all things.
BUT... ARE YOU COMING BACK TO INSTAGRAM?
For now, I’m back! I miss sharing my life, food, and random thoughts with you all. This time, though, it’s going to be a little bit different. It won’t be JUST food… i honestly haven’t made a decent batch of cookies in a year. I eat differently than I did last year (aka WAY MORE PIZZA) - but I am looking forward to continuing to share my life with you all without any expectations! Workouts? Breakfasts? Bowel movements? You name it, it’s going to be on here.
We’ll see which direction olive.eeeats goes in over the next few months. I can tell you this much: we’re figuring this whole thing out together. I’ll never leave again without letting you know WTF i’m doing or WhereTF i’m at. Cool? cool.