Working a full time physically laborious job reminds me to be grateful for the life I lead. It keeps things in perspective. I'm reminded to be thankful for the opportunity to go to school and go after my dreams and to not settle for less. I'm not knocking working with your hands or working hard, don't get me wrong. But this is new and different and I'm completely out of my element. And it's hard.. oh so hard in many new ways. I'm accustomed to working at a desk in an office or in a classroom. I'm surrounded by beauty though. And this is a learning experience with many hidden blessings I'm challenged to look for in the day to day. Being here is stretching me big time and I'm praying that the growth keeps coming even though it happens through pain.