Sunday, May 26, 2013

Shipping Up to Boston


So. It has been sometime since I last blogged because I have been busy adjusting to my summer up in the Greater Boston Area.

It has been quite the adventure with a lot of food and a lot of exploring. This week I did this...

Red Sox Game

and this...

Museum of Fine Arts!

and we cannot forget a little bit of foodie adventures...


     

But I also did what I am here for...work as a Department of Community Living Graduate Intern!

 Isn't it a gorgeous campus!

I am so grateful and excited for what the next few weeks has in store for me! I am excited to learn more within the housing area of student affairs and be challenged in a new environment. I am extremely blessed and lucky to have this opportunity! 

In the meantime, I start physical therapy this week for my ankle. I am looking forward to recovery and getting back on track. There are great spots to workout here in the city. I am especially looking forward to a 10 mile bike ride right into Boston on some trails with a colleague! Also I am super excited to run the Boston 10k put on by the Boston Athletic Association. There is so much pride and spirit in this city after the unfortunate events and I am excited to be a part of it!


This quote definitely describes the practicum experience. We are here to grow and become better professionals and I am so ready for this new experience.

That's it for now. I will leave you with this great Vine video my good friend Jeff took of us singing "Sweet Caroline" during the 8th inning at the Red Sox game! 


xox,
gfr


 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Setbacks


In life we all face different things that could be classified as setbacks or reasons why we hold ourselves back.

Growing up I have had my fair share of these. Between being told I looked ridiculous when I ran by mean middle school boys, being cast as a Munchkin in the "Wizard of Oz" three times when in my eyes I was a leading lady, being told that I was not cut out for Honors English, getting wait listed at colleges and now being told that I can't run for 6 weeks due to my ankle never fully healing from my sprain.

Needless to say. We've all been there. However analyzing this list, I have to express my gratitude for each of these circumstances.

I looked ridiculous running? Now I can run a half marathon.

Not the leading lady? Great memories from each production I was a part of.

Not "cut out" for Honors English? About to graduate from a writing intensive graduate program within the next year.

Wait listed at my "dream" college? I would have never gone to George Mason University and have made the friendships I did there.

From looking at all these circumstances, I know that my setback from running will open some sort of door for me. Whether it be getting more into cycling, swimming or other forms of exercise, I know that out of this situation good will come. In addition, by going to physical therapy twice a week I know that I will be stronger than before!

We need to be thankful for setbacks because it is what grows us into stronger individuals. I firmly believe that. What are some setbacks you've faced and grown from?

And with that, I'll leave you with this:





Wasn't I the best looking munchkin you've ever seen?




Friday, May 10, 2013

Leaving On a Jet Plane


I write this blog post from the Tampa International Airport.

I am exhausted, excited, nervous, anxious and a whole slew of emotions. It's been interesting getting here this morning, bag was overweight, I was not fully packed at 6:30am, etc. but here I am! I will be going home for a few days before I depart for Massachusetts for my summer practicum for my graduate school program. While I am nervous to leave because I do not know what to expect, I know that this is a good thing. As I've talked about before, being vulnerable and open to these experiences is the best thing you can do for yourself. It is how you grow and become a better person! I am ready for this adventure and to get some things accomplished from my Bucket List within Boston.

Some of these things include:

  • Go to a Red Sox game
  • Run Boston! (I am registered for the B.A.A 10k! Excited for this race and the energy that will be around it!)
  • Network and grow professionally through my internship
  • Visit Cape Cod 
  • Go hiking in New England for a day
  • Eat clam chowder, lobster and all of those things that are typical for the area
  • Explore places from Travel Channel and Food Network (I have an affinity for these channels)
  • And so much more!

I expect to come back to Tampa in July refreshed, re-energized, healthier and in a better state of mind then when I left. They say the summer practicum is the highlight of grad school and I am so excited to experience it! In addition, I am excited to be in New Jersey to see family, friends, indulge in pizza and bagels, go to Trader Joe's, get my ankle checked out finally (post to follow...) and hopefully get a drive in to the shore since I haven't been there since Hurricane Sandy. 

That's all for now. Tampa I will miss you, follow me the next few months through the blog! Updates will be posted continuously!


Cheesing at the airport, don't mind the bags under my eyes!



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