When I started this blog last winter at the start of the new year, I had a goal to write more. To write a post at least once a month and at best, write weekly. What a terrible job I’ve done. This past year has been a whirlwind, and as I begin to realize that the holiday season is about to return, I think it is necessary that I return to my keyboard and document a little bit of what has happened over the last 11 months.
I had a few goals for this year and only a few of them have been accomplished. However, if I had to choose, I think I accomplished the goals that contributed most to improving my happiness and overall well-being. Finding a new job and relocating to a state I’ve always wanted to return to, are the two major accomplishments that I can put down in the record books for this year.
I would say that I had reached a point where there was little space for me to grow: professionally, personally, socially. I was looking for a new opportunity to do all of those things and as I began my search, I was specific in my choices of institutions and positions, trying to make sure that I found a place that would challenge me. And I believe that I have found it. I am so blessed to be where I am now and to have found a place that offers me new experiences and opportunities to be a better professional.
Losing two and a half hours off of my commute to see family wasn’t half bad either. I have always wanted to return to Massachusetts for many reasons, but improving the proximity to my family was definitely an exciting benefit.
The last three and a half months have been a roller coaster of emotions. I have been elated, nervous, anxious, excited, and overwhelmingly tired. But the good kind of tired. The kind of tired that makes you feel like you have accomplished great things that day. That you put in the effort to make a difference. Some days I question my performance on the job and then other days I feel like I am crushing it. It’s a strange ride, but I’m loving it.
Since moving and starting a new journey, I have also been reunited with some really great friends. And in tandem with that, I have been able to cross some things off my bucket list. I finally feel at home. I finally feel like I am in a place where I can reassess my life and set new goals. I have moved forward in two major areas of my life this year and I am excited to figure out what’s next.
Major pieces of my life have fallen into place this year and until the rest settle, I will continue to laugh at the confusion, live for the moment and continue to remember that everything happens for a reason. This year renewed my faith in the idea of karma and that you get back what you put out into the universe.
Signing off til smoother seas…