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I can’t believe how fast this year is going by. Did I say the same thing last year? Probably! This time last year, I was in Belfast, just starting my grand adventure there. This year hasn’t been quite as exciting, but I’ve been travelling and working on two of my biggest goals, so it’s not nothin’!

The goal taking up most of my (non-work) time right now is #23: Get My Degree. Homework, homework, homework! I forgot how much time school required. It’s pulled me away from this blog, craft projects, social time, and all sorts of things. Going to ASU Online is particularly difficult because the classes are just 7 weeks long, so it seems like there’s a lot more to do each week. The upside is that if I don’t like a class, it’s over really quickly. The downside is, I may turn into a weird hermit. But as I keep telling myself – it’s going to be worth it! I’ll be so proud of myself when I’m finished… I just have to figure out how to juggle everything so it doesn’t end up taking another 10 years.

In the short-term, I’m proud to say I got an A+ in the first class I took and that I’m on track for at least an A in both of my current classes. I’ve enjoyed the material I’ve learned and I’ve been able to apply some of that knowledge directly to my job already, so I feel like I made the right choice by selecting Communication as my major. One of my biggest issues with school before was simply having no direction. Now that I have the direction, I’ve got to keep up the intensity and then, boom, success. Learned that from my Leadership class!

The other thing I’ve been up to is #20: Volunteer. When I’m not at work or school, I’m at Arizona Animal Welfare League, walking the doggies. I LOVE IT!

The best part is, of course, the bottomless pools of love the dogs give me (and all volunteers). They’re always so happy to see me! That’s a pretty amazing feeling. The second best part is the unstructured nature of the job – I can go in when I want, I don’t have to talk to anyone if I don’t want to, I get to choose which dogs I want to visit, and I get to pick the activity I’d like to do with them. It’s been such a wonderful experience for me. Honestly, it’s a little like free therapy – a safe, inviting space where I can relax and be myself, where I don’t have to worry about judgement, where I get to love and be loved in return. What a beautiful thing!

The hardest part is getting attached to the dogs. There are some that I would love to take home. I won’t – I already promised Tim I wouldn’t – but I want to so badly. When they do get adopted (and they do at an amazing rate – AAWL adopts out more than 35 dogs a week), I’m happy for them and just a little bit sad for me. But there’s always another dog to fall in love with!

That was kind of a long post just to say… I’m oh my god so busy. Once again, the blog is last on my list of priorities. I need to write more about Europe and I absolutely have to tell you all about the trip to Seattle (it resulted in yet another crossed-off goal)! But school work and the shelter pup get first dibs on my time. Really, I need a strategy for writing shorter posts more often. Any of my blogger buddies have tips? I welcome suggestions!