Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Whirlwind


15 months ago, this blog was started as a result of my accomplishment of running my half marathon. It was started so I can have a space to share my story. My story of how running and training for that first half marathon helped manage my transition. At the time, I did not realize that this blog, this space would allow me to continue to do that.

This blog has been with me through two birthdays, through my health journey, with me during physical therapy, there with me in Boston and LA last summer, when I met Lauren Conrad (had to throw that in there), through much self reflection and through this past challenging and trying year. You as an audience, have "seen" me at the best of times and at the "worst" of times.

With that all being said, I am about to embark onto my next transition to St. Louis, MO to work at a great job with a great organization. I can honestly say, I've never been so excited! It's cheesy, but seriously "the tassel was worth the hassle" because I cannot ask for a more perfect entry level position.

Three weeks ago, I graduated from my program. If it was not for this program, this transition I faced when I moved to this state, the people who have affected my lives and the friendships I have made, I would not be the woman I am today. I am confident and I am ready for this next transition in my life.

The day after graduation, my roommate and I hopped on a plan to Milan without looking back. We spent almost three weeks abroad in Italy and Greece, where we just indulged and lived life without worry. We had the best food, met some of the best people, saw some of the most beautiful sights and really embraced this time. This is time that I won't have again for awhile, and I am so appreciative that I was able to have this experience now. This trip has prepared me to take on this move and this transition with a clear mind and heart. It has also given me so many great memories to take away, like Greek dancing at a farm in Olympia, seeing my family in Milan, eating dinner over looking the sea and beautiful blue buildings of Oia, Santorini, Greece, everything on the cruise ship, climbing up the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence and taking that view in....I can just go on and on.

One of my favorite lyrics of all time comes from Dave Matthews Band "Two Step":


"Celebrate we will, for life is short but sweet for certain"

These are the best days of my life. I feel energized and excited. Looking at where I was from this time two years ago till now, I cannot believe how far I've come. While this blog is titled "Orange You Glad" as a testament to the poster in my room that read "Orange You Glad You Live in Florida", I will still continue to document my journey, my transition and my new identity as a professional. You will continue to see my trials and tribulations, my ups and my downs, my music recommendations, my randomness, my runs and more. This blog is a part of me and will continue to be that.

What I am trying to say through all this ranting and reflecting is....enjoy your lives, celebrate them, reflect, take personal time, be vulnerable and be excellent. When all seems crazy and things seem bad, think about the future, the small things that are positive, daydream and just know that it will be okay. These are some musings  I have had when thinking of my experiences and re-reading old posts. 

Thank you for reading....look out for my next adventure and sagas within the coming weeks.

xox,
gfr

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