Introductions, Introductions

Hello all! Welcome to my blog, Alicia's Offing. Starting a blog has been something that's been on my mind for a while now... and by a while I mean it's been on my mind for years. So what changed? I have no clue. I was laying in bed two nights ago at like 1am and I suddenly found myself thinking of a domain and customizing this blog. Life can be full of surprises sometimes.

Well I guess now is about the time that I should tell you who I am. My name is Alicia Quintana, soon to be Sister Quintana (I'll get to that part later). I was born and raised in Maryland, and I've grown to love every minute of it-- even the humidity. I grew up in a relatively small neighborhood, but real close to the city. My childhood consisted of going to the park, falling off my bike, eating lots of ice cream, building houses out of shoe boxes, playing with Bratz, pretending to be Blossom from the PowerPuff Girls, running away from spiders, and obsessing over Webkinz. I grew up going to church on Sundays, tagging along to all of my moms meetings, and running away from my dad who was always trying to get me to be his dance partner. I'm pleased to announce that I've come a long way since then... I no longer run away from spiders because they run away from me. Those were the days.

My adolescence was pretty normal. I was a typical teenage girl who had crushes on THE cutest guys ever, loved clothes, and wanted so badly to fit in. Growing up watching shows about teenagers in high school made me have high expectations for those glorious four years. Let me just say, what a let down. I literally thought that high school would be somewhat similar to the musical itself where I would find my Troy Bolton and have a blast with my friends. Though things might have not happened the way I thought they would, I wouldn't trade my high school experience for anything. In the end I came out with some of the BEST friendships ever, a great education, and memories to make me laugh when needed.

Then came freedom, otherwise known as college. This city girl packed up most of her belongings and moved out to Idaho. NO... not Boise. I moved to Rexburg. You're probably asking yourself: "Where is that?" and "Why go to place that's in the middle of nowhere?" Well I didn't fully pick to go to continue my education there, it kind of chose me. As a Mormon girl, my dream was to go to Brigham Young University. When college apps began my heart was set on BYU. Confession time: I am a planner, all I do is plan for the future. With that in mind, I had everything planned out for my life at BYU. Well, this girl's dreams were crushed when she received a letter from BYU saying that her admittance had been denied. Apart from being irritated, disappointed, confused, offended, and angry, I soon realized that my safety school would be the one I'd be attending. I could have been a Terp and embraced my Maryland pride, but I knew I wanted to be in a school where I could grow spiritually. So,  I committed to Brigham Young University-Idaho. This past year at BYUI has proven to be quite interesting. I have experienced so many things that I wouldn't even know where to begin. Let's just say it wasn't all a flowery meadow full of butterflies and ponies. However, I LOVE BYUI. There is such a sweet, tender spirit on campus that made every bit of my year there worth it and I cannot wait to return in a couple of years. 

Yes, I said a couple of years. More like a year and a couple of months. As a mormon girl, I have chosen to serve as missionary for the church. I have been called to serve for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Germany Berlin Mission. I found this out a couple of days ago and I'm still in shock. Germany! I'm going to be serving in Germany for 18 months! My mind is still wrapping it's head around that. I have a little over two months before I leave on my mission and there's a lot to do, like start learning German. I have no doubt that I will be fine, and I'm looking forward to having my name be Sister Quintana for 18 months.

Folks, I think this has been a fair introduction of myself. There's so much more I could add but I'll spare your eyes... for now.

Thanks for reading,
Alicia

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