I’ve been off the blogging spectrum for a little while now but there have been some really positive changes in my life as of late.
The first being an amazing trip I took with my mom in September. We went on a tour that went to Nashville, Memphis, Natchez (Mississippi) and New Orleans with some time on our own in Dallas to visit some friends and family. I had wanted to go to Ireland, Scotland or England but because I was using the discount my company gave me, I was denied for all three. I was pretty upset about it for a while but the U.S. trip actually ended up being amazing. I’d been wanting to go to Nashville ever since my obsession with the TV show began a few years ago. I kept saying I would make it there but always ran out of vacation time, so this year it worked out perfectly. The city was everything I hoped it would be, and then some too.
I actually had hands-down the worst fall (after the time I hit my head in elementary school) of my life in Nashville. My mom and I were crossing the street and I fell right onto my knees in the middle of the crosswalk, on some nice uneven asphalt. I’ve had a recurring nightmare since I was a kid of falling in the middle of the street and being hit by a car because I’m unable to get up. So all I could see in my head when I fell was that nightmare playing over and over. My mom is tiny and has fibromyalgia so she understandably couldn’t lift me up so the only thing I could think to do in my panic was crawl the rest of the way to get out of the street, literally the worst thing I could have done on my already badly cut knees. I made it but my knees were bleeding badly and at first it looked like no one was going to even offer to help me. Then slowly, a man came up and asked if I needed help. An elevator repairman pulled his van over and ran out with Clorox wipes for me to use. The city janitor offered me his water, the only bottle of water he had for himself. A security guy from the building I fell in came out and a girl from the coffee shop nearby brought me out a first aid kit. I’ve literally never been offered so much help after a fall in my entire life. I never shed a single tear the entire time, I think because I was just so comforted by people actually offering to help me (something that rarely happens here at home).
I was very lucky my knees didn’t get infected and my mom took such great care of me the whole time. I spent the entire trip with bandaged knees but I didn’t care. I am going to have some scars I think because the cuts on my right knee were pretty deep but I’m ok with it. They remind me of Nashville and even though the fall was bad, the reminder of our trip is a great one. I loved everywhere we went. The music history, the food, getting to visit Graceland on my birthday. I held a baby alligator in New Orleans. It really was right up there with all of the European trips I’ve done…without a language barrier or a bagillion hour flight!
The other bit of news is I got a new job! I’m working for my alma mater now and I couldn’t be happier. I’m only on Day 4 and can already tell it’s an incredible place to work! The change and the new challenges have invigorated more than I would have even thought possible. I enjoyed what I did before and I was comfortable but I didn’t realize how much in a rut I was doing the same thing over and over for so long. I feel excited and ambitious about my future and all aspects of my life…something I haven’t felt in a long time. I also have Manager in my title now which is great, and something that I know will be super beneficial to have under my belt and on my LinkedIn profile (I’m a millennial after all).
It’s nice to be able to write about some positive things for a change. Hopefully there will be more to report before the year is up. Happy Fall!