6.06.2011

My New Ride


Happy Monday everyone!

Today I have some big, exciting news to share with y'all!  Before I spill the beans, though, I thought I would provide you with some background information.

When I was young I was HORRIBLE with change.  I didn't like any change, and it wasn't until I was older and forced to deal with some really big changes, that I began to realize how inevitable change is and that it can really be something to embrace and learn from.

My senior year, I wrote my main college application essay about this journey to accept change.  I prefaced the essay with a frame story that I will now share with you.  It was Christmastime of 1995, I was in kindergarten, and we were getting a new car.  A brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee, to be exact.  I can vividly remember crying in the backseat of our old car:  I couldn't bear the thought of getting rid of our beloved car and having a new one.

I probably looked a little like this!

That new red Jeep Grand Cherokee turned out to be quite the car.  My mom drove it for years, and then my dad for a while, and finally when I got my driver's license, I too drove the Jeep.

After sharing the beginnings of this story and three pivotal examples of moments in my life when I had to accept change and was the better for it, I closed the essay and frame story by explaining that after college I would be getting a new car and certainly would not be crying in the backseat of the red Jeep--I was ready to embrace that change!

Well now that college is over, the time had come for that new car.  I wasn't really sure, however, if I would still be getting a new car; my parents generously decided to pay for the Masters, but because of that, I didn't expect a car.  About a month ago, though, my parents called me describing a much newer Jeep Grand Cherokee they had found in excellent condition.  When they called I was in Staple's frantically printing out a final project.  I asked my mom to send me a picture, and she explained:  "Okay, but you need to decide fast--we're trying to make a deal!"  Little did I know how soon my new car would be arriving!  During summer school I drove the old Jeep, but now that, I'm home, the new Jeep is mine!  I am a little sad to say goodbye to the car I learned to drive on, but, I am definitely NOT sobbing in the backseat over the goodbyes!

So now--after that long story:  Voila!

Isn't she a beaut?

Ready to go with UVA and Vineyard Vines stickers!

So happy behind the wheel!
Please ignore the lack of make-up/shower/etc!

This new car keeps reminding me of one of my favorite Alan Jackson songs:  "Drive."  I too grew up driving an old wood boat and then a Jeep!


What new car memories do you have?  

Did you have a good weekend?

39 comments:

  1. YAY!!! This is so exciting!! I love your new car! Congrats!! I completely understand when you say that you hated change as a child... I once hung on to the doors of our old refrigerator because I didn't want to replace it with a new one! And PS, thanks so much for adding me to your "blogs I love" section - when I get one you'll definitely be on there :)

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  2. I love it! Congratulations to you! I, too, am not a big fan of change. BUT, change can bring the biggest and BEST joys to our lives. I hope you enjoy every second of that new car....and all the adventures it will bring your way!

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  3. Awww! Cute post! My first car was a Grand Cherokee too. I loved that car! -e

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  4. Great post!! Change, especially when it comes when we are not the one deciding it can be very stressful ... you look great in your new wheels... may they take you through many wonderful adventures!! xo HHL

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  5. Love, Love! I've driven two jeeps in my life - the last one I passed down to my brother! They are great "trucks" (as they are called in my neck of the woods)! Yay for change!

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  6. That is such a creative idea with your college essay!! I love it.

    And your new Jeep looks great! Congratulations! :)

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  7. I absolutely LOVE IT!!!!! You look so adorable behind the wheel. Looks great!

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  8. I am SO with you and the change subject!! But, I love your car and I think it suits you to a T :) xoxo

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  9. Oh awesome! I love it! We just had to say goodbye to my husband's red Jeep too! He is still heartbroken over it, but it was time and we're loving it's replacement. Congrats to you and glad you were able to accept the change :).

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  10. Aww congrats on the car! My husband and I both have jeeps, they are the best! xoxo

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  11. You look super cute in your new car! That story is too funny! I have always been super excited about new cars. Drive safe in your new Jeep! <3

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  12. Yay for new cars! Love it! Oh, I want a new car now! Enjoy!

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  13. That's awesome! Love Jeeps...they're a great car! :)

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  14. That is such a cute story about you as a baby! My parents said I cried when we had to move into our (much nicer) new house when I was 3. And for awhile I hated being away from home on vacations because it was such a change. Congrats on the new car!!

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  15. I have to say I'm a little bit of a stinker about change myself...I am not really spontaneous and I really like to be able to count on things being the same...but I have realized that chance usually brings great things and it's okay if it takes a little bit to get used to! (c: Congrats on the fab new car, my dear! She's a beaut. (c: And I'm a big Alan fan as well...

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  16. Oh and I forgot to say how much I like the new color scheme going on here...Yellow always makes me smile (c:

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  17. AHHHHH, so exciting! I love that color--it's beautiful! I'm usually not excited about change, but I'm sure I could adapt if I got a gorgeous new car like that!

    P.S. I'm loving the new background/design!

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  18. Aw, great story. You're new jeep is so cute, love the Vineyard Vines sticker. Congrats!. Cute new blog design as well, perfect for summer.

    Happy Monday,
    Julie. littlepinkrainboots.blogspot.com

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  19. Congrats on the new car - how fabulous! I drive a Jeep Wrangler and love, love, love it.

    I also really love your new blog design and colors. Beautiful choice.

    Have a great week, Allie :O)

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  20. Loving the new ride! I have been wanting a jeep forever.

    xo

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  21. I'm horrible with change too and congrats on the new car!

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  22. Aww - I love it! And you look so cute behind the wheel. Love the VV and UVA stickers :)

    I agree - change can be hard! But congrats on your new car :)

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  23. Congrats girl! You definitely deserve it!

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  24. Congrats to you. Love your new look.

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  25. CONGRATS on the new ride!! I love Jeeps!

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  26. Oh your new Jeep is awesome! We sold my Jeep Cherokee a couple of years ago and I have really missed it.

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  27. WHat a sweet story! Congrats on the new Jeep - I love Jeeps :)

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  28. Yayy!!! That's awesome.
    I am still driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee I got when I was 16. I will drive it til it's death, haha.

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  29. I had a jeep grand too!!! loved her!!

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  30. Congrats on the new ride. she's gorgeous!!

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  31. Love Jeeps! Such a fun ride to have.

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  32. How exciting! A masters and a car!? Hang on to those parents!

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  33. Yay for a new car! And congrats on graduating - masters degree here you come (and in style)! XOXO

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  34. I guess now you love changes, huh? Look at that sweet ride you have! And you shouldn't sob over this real beauty that you have here. Always remember that change is the only constant thing in this world. So accept and enjoy every bit of it. =)

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  35. Oh, you're from UVA, huh? I have a friend there. Anyways, how do you find this car? Your jeep is classical yet elegant in a number of ways. You would never think that it's change at its best. :)

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  36. It seems your parents know exactly how to surprise you, huh (:. Well, at some point of our lives, we will resent changes. There is a certain sense of comfort in doing the same things over and over again, but then again, change is inevitable. My mentor once told me that "nothing is permanent in this world. Everything changes, except the word itself." So instead of fearing it, embrace it (:.

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