22 03 2012

I like to keep things pretty light around here, but as I wrote what was on my mind, it just kinda happened to get a little more serious. I hope you don’t mind; lighthearted reads will return soon!

As I was swimming the other day, I was reflecting on what’s been happening in my life over the past 2 months. Here’s a few of my thoughts:

1) Moving across the country and starting a new job is HARD.

I was in my old job for nearly 5 years before leaving. So, it had kinda been awhile since I’d been the new kid on the block, and I forgot what that was like. Well, for the past few months I’ve felt like I’m playing catch up, trying to learn everything I can so I can actually DO the job they hired me for. And the playing catch up hasn’t been the hardest part; there’s a tremendous amount of work that needs to get done, all within a very tight time frame. Needless to say, the past few weeks have been incredibly busy and stressful. I barely had time to do anything other than eat, sleep, and work. I want to go out and explore my new city, meet new people, and start to lay some roots, but there just hasn’t been time, which was incredibly frustrating to me. I called/saw Bill several times last month and flat out cried because I was so miserable. He is incredibly supportive, always there for me when I need him, helping me to think realistically and positively about the situation, and doing sweet things to cheer me up:

exhibit A:

exhibit B:

I’ve also received some very sweet emails and messages checking in on how I was doing. Thank you everyone! And, thanks to social media, I’ve been able to connect with a few blogger/twitter friends to hang out/workout with. That’s made the transition a little easier, and luckily, work this week has been better (so far) too.ย  I’m hopeful that it will continue to improve. It just takes time to transition. ๐Ÿ™‚

2) Whoever said, “You can’t go home,” was right.

I had the opportunity to go back to DC last weekend, and though I had an absolute BLAST, it didn’t feel the same. Maybe it was because I was crashing on couches and felt a little like a nomad, but it just wasn’t home anymore. I still LOVE DC, and can’t wait to plan another trip back, but the place I called home for 7 years, just isn’t anymore.

They also say that home is where the heart is, and I think I’m on board with that. Bill and my kitties are in Florida, and my heart is most certainly with them. I’ve had my kitties for two short months and they’ve easily won me over. The highlight of my day is walking home to little “Meows” and “Purrs,” from these cute faces:

This guy doesn’t purr, nor do I get to see him everyday, but he does make my heart go thump thump thump:

3) Take nothing for granted.

Two weeks ago, one of my coworkers left the office early because her daughter called to tell her that she needed emergency surgery. Unfortunately, her daughter never made it into the operating room; she passed away before they could help her. She was a healthy 22 year old who died unexpectedly. When we got the call, we were all in a state of shock. And though I don’t know my coworker that well yet and I never met her daughter, I was struck to the core. You never know what the day will bring. So tell the ones close to you that you love them and take nothing for granted.

Sorry to get so deep on you today, but I just wanted to share what’s been on my mind.

Have a great day friends!