Alison’s News in 2014

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Love and kisses to you all! xoxo

Look, I know last year I said I was finally an adult or something, but that was a lie. I mean shoot, I was still in college back then. But now, *cue fanfare* I AM AN OFFICIAL ADULT. Filled with complaints, too many happy hours, and bad knees. As the story of Alison continues, you’ll be happy to find out that I did in fact get placed in an account manager position with AT&T right back in Houston, Texas. To be honest, I was a little sour about moving back to the same city I has spent my previous 22 years, but now that I’ve officially spent a year back in Houston, its charm is finally starting to grow on me.

My year has been somewhat uneventful and happy, sprinkled with some pretty sweet vacations. I’ve continued on with my goal in life to “Never Say No” to adventures and I’ve been doing some small trips like visiting my best friend in Austin for my birthday, went to middle-of-no-where Texas for a sorority sister’s wedding, flew to Prescott for my beautiful cousin’s wedding, and had a girl’s weekend in Galveston on the beach.

When that wasn’t feeding my travel appetite, my best friend and I decided to pack our bags and flew to Peru for a 5 night hiking trek with the final stop at Machu Picchu. I have been bitten by the hiking and travel bug and I wanted to have an adventure that could top Phantom Ranch at the Grand Canyon from last year. Not only was our hike breath-takingly beautiful, but climbing up at 15,000 ft whooped my butt. Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for a while now, and I’m incredibly grateful to have completed that so early in my twenties!

Not wanting my highlight of the year to happen so early, I also went to Austin City Limits for the first time this year. Some of my favorite artists and bands made appearances (including my cousins, Kongos!) and the hippie in me was alive at my first music festival. (Seriously I planned my hippie outfits a week in advance). Austin is also the greatest city in all of the USA by the way.

Last month I still had a few vacation days left so I booked a sweet deal on a cruise to Mexico, Honduras, and Belize with my boyfriend. –Yes, I said boyfriend. Grandma you can finally relax now. One of the best parts of the cruise was having zero access to either my work or personal phones or internet in general. I think every few months I need a week to disconnect from everything going on in the world every now and then. It also helps to go snorkeling and drink piña coladas on a private beach.

As the year comes to a close, I’m focusing on myself, my career, and my skills. I plan to spend these next few weeks developing my design portfolio as well as continue with studying for the CCNA certification. I suppose that’s my modern steps to be a renaissance woman.