Holy snot friends! It’s been one year. 365 days. 365 blissful, difficult, happy, adventurous, loving, demanding, draining, fun, cheerful, tearful, incredible days. These days have been the best days of my life. I think back to November 3rd 2018. What a little twerp I was. I did not know what was lying ahead of me, but I was taking it head on.
I am no where where I thought I was going to be. I thought I was going to be CRAWLING back. I didn’t think I was going to have a support system. I thought I was going to be on my next adventure. I honestly thought I was not going to be here. Here I am striving to be my best, working towards my goals, trying to be better than I was the day before.
One thing I learned through all of this is that I was not able to do this on my own. I have so many people to thank and yes, I am going to thank every single one of them…
Beginning with my two biggest supporters
Papa and The Mothership. These two have been nothing but supportive of me. Even when I have wanted to give up these two have been there to encourage me to continue on. Every small win, every victory, and every loss they have been.
Jenny and Adam have been there every step of the way. From moving me in to visiting me here they have been there.
My friends, Rachelle, Amber, Therese, Brittney, Amanda, Allison, Haley all of you in your very own unique way have helped me believe in myself to continue to do what I have been doing.
Every single supporter that I have in the Keweenaw County. Bill and Connie, Syd and Marty, Cate and Mark, Jeane (my kindred spirit), Rick and Jane, Sally and Stewart, Staci, Art and Mir, Fred and Diane, Jeannie, Rich and Jane, Brenda, Cheryl, Scott and Tom, Judy (technically NOT from Keweenaw but close enough), Ed and Jo, Mike and Kathy (again not technically from the Keweenaw), holy crap there are a lot of you. I know there is more but geez there are a lot of you from a small community. You all ROCK!
I couldn’t get by without my new family. All of my wonderful coworkers that have supported, motivated, encouraged, helped me become a better me than I was before. You all are so important to me and without all of you I don’t believe, no I know for a 100% fact I wouldn’t be able to continue this adventure. People say if you love your job you won’t have to work another day in your life. Eeeeeeh that is sort of true, but I believe that your coworkers make your job. So, to my office thank you from the bottom of my sometimes cold heart. Thank you for LITERALLY EVERYTHING. Thank you for allowing me to be one of the biggest pain in your butts.
I didn’t know this was possible. Thinking back to day 1. Day FREAKING 1. To the point where I had a COMPLETE melt down because I couldn’t unlock my door when my parents and sister were dropping me off for the last time before they headed home. To the first day of my job, to the day I told my boss that I couldn’t continue to do what I was doing, to today where I am so unbelievably happy and proud of who I am.
I’ve learned a couple of things along the way..
- If you lock yourself out of you car and your apartment it is okay to call your landlord repeatedly until he answers
- It takes SKILL to have the smoke alarm go off while boiling eggs
- Be yourself people will like the you-est you
- Vacuums can make people happy
- Don’t forget your friends
- Sometimes it’ll feel like your friends forgot you, but they haven’t
- Keep learning every single day
- Having a favorite burner on the stove is okay
- Learning to budget is SUPER frustrating
- Toilet paper is ungodly expensive for its use
- Cooking/Grocery shopping for one is hard
- Jump out of your comfort zone, don’t just step
- Try every new experience that comes your way
This move was the best move I could have done for myself. I didn’t know what was ahead of me when I moved here, but I do know now that what continues to lie head of me I can accomplish.