Well, one of has to be from the United States, and I guess it’ll be me. I know we’re all excitedly waiting for Sarah’s next post about beautiful French people, landscape, and food, but surprise!

So, all of us happen to be in a stage in our lives where we having a lot of Lasts & Firsts, at least for a while. Today was my last day working on-site for my internship, tomorrow will be my first day working for my new job. Crazy. And that’s only one of them!

Usually I’m pretty good at babbling on and on, but now I don’t even know where to begin. Everything just feels different. I’m in Denver. I’m single. I’m working several jobs. I’m not in school. Once Carissa leaves, I won’t know anyone. Crazy.

Maybe I should start with my three new jobs. Yes, three.

The LoDo District: I’m working here an intern, unpaid, but still super happy that I’m doing it. It’s such a cool part of Denver and they have a lot of events so I’m sure I’ll get to mingle with a bunch of new people here. I’ve already been working on a fun project for some of their winter events, but today they asked me to design their brochure for their district! Ok, I know that doesn’t sound exciting for you lay-people, but the project is pretty much what every design student hopes their employer will assignment. They want a creative brochure where I’ll get to do pretty much whatever I want (they showed me some examples of ones they liked, and I liked them too—that almost never happens). Design something great for a place that’s great? Awesome! Ok, to put this in perspective, they requested that it have a wrap-around band that seals the brochure. If that doesn’t make you drool, then you have a icy heart. I mean, it’s not the band itself, it’s the implication that yes, Jacklynn, you really can do neat things and we’ll make the printer do it instead of you having to painstakingly carve out “die-cut” letters with an X-Acto knife at 2am.  What’s more, they’re going to use it! People are going to see it! It’s going to be in stations and tourist hot-spots…ok sorry. None of you care about this.

Ok, for the next two I’m not going to name names because they’re both fairly new companies and one I can’t breech confidentiality about.

“FNP”: I think this is a kind of an interesting one. So “FNP” makes super healthy foods (without chemicals, preservatives, natural ingredients, etc) and they are a fairly new company. People can purchase a restaurant/franchise in various locations and there is one going up in Denver. But, we are also starting up the first commercial production of the food here in Denver and that’s who I’m working for. I think it’s really exciting to work an upcoming business. Right now they are maintaining the same brand identity, but in the future—who knows!

“BWB”:  So I am so excited and nervous for this job. Gosh, this whole summer I have been really discouraged because I was always like I know I could do this if you would just give me a chance and I really feel like they are. Actually, that they legitimately have faith in me, which is even better! It’s different because I don’t know exactly what I’m going to be doing for them, but from what we’ve discussed it kind of sounds like I’ll be using all of my skills & interests. Isn’t that neat? I’m not just going to be stuck in front of Adobe Illustrator moving vectors back and forth, but communicating, writing, brainstorming, being a tech-geek, design, working with new media, researching….doesn’t that sound fun? Gosh, and it sounds like I’ll get to meet a lot of people too. Turn on the charm.

Ok, how did this happen? How do I always talk so much? (I’ve been writing this on-and-off for a few hours, to be fair). Anyway, what I have to say is that I’m becoming even more optimistic about the future. Sure, all my favorite people are going to be an ocean away from me, but I’m also so ready to put my heart into these things I’m passionate about. I mean, you all know I adored school, but there is a difference between loving to learn and loving to do and let’s see if I’ve got what it takes! Also, I really just like Colorado. It’s just pretty everywhere. I was drove to the post office and there was this road that just overlooked a whole neighborhood and it was just quaint as spit!  You don’t have overlooks in Nebraska.

Think about your Lasts & Firsts and relish them. Things are happening.

Your very own babbling brook,