Culture Shock, living with Josh, First Week Back

Arizona feels like a culture shock right now. It’s not where I live or work, but the people I see walking down the street and it’s the buildings – such as the Dairy Queen “shack” I passed while driving on the street. Something about the weather is different also. I guess I’m used to Idaho weather being very cold by now… but I just can’t identify why I feel so off-beat right now.

Anyways, on a better note, I’m going to live with Josh in his new apartment! It’s pretty cool. We can see the Mesa Temple from the living room window. He’s got a pretty sweet computer and we’re going to go rock climbing a lot.

My first week back on the trail was great. I was with a Youngwalker who was starting the trail. She was really fun to hike with and she sung this Tim McGraw song a lot. We had so much fun singing it especially since the other Trailwalker was getting sick and tired of that song! It just made us sing it more! It was also cool to see some familiar faces here at Anasazi.


From my Journal:

“Well I am leaving Utah today. I don’t feel “ready” to go but I do feel like it’s a logical decision. I kinda feel like I want to have something finished but I can’t tell what it is. I’ve taken a long time to pack, well actually I’ve been packing fast, but I woke up very late, I just laid in bed and didn’t want to move for hours. I’m about to turn off my computer to get it packed but I wanted to write in my journal first.

This weekend has been great: General Conference; Josh Mayo visited and we climbed at the bouldering gym in Salt Lake; Jo came down with Kori and their dogs. We had lots of fun and it was good to see everybody.

In a way, I feel like Arizona is far away, but on the bright side, I feel like I’m making a new life for myself – able to apply what I’ve learned on my mission again to my life. Preparing myself for a greater future. Finding the independence I want inside of me.

Two months ago I thought I would be working at a resort in St. George. But since having cold feet, living at my parent’s house, working at KSL TV for two weeks, and searching for a direction in my life, I feel like Arizona is now the best place to realize a better future. In December I will be back in UT for Christmas.”