“The journey is the reward.” It’s a cliché saying, but one that I am constantly reminding myself of over the past year. In the past 12 months, I have uprooted myself – and my life – to move to Boston from Washington, DC. I’ve made a complete career change – and landed myself in graduate school at Boston College studying social work after being in the working world for 5 years. This in itself put me on a totally new path, but one that I feel so honored to be apart of (serious shout out to all my GSSWers, and social workers!). Additionally, this move has meant I’ve had to learn a few new things.
- As as a Southern Belle, I’ve had to learn to embrace New England – more correctly, I’ve had to learn to love snow! But am having so much fun exploring!
- It also meant separating myself from my family – and learning to fly the proverbial coop. Good thing my grandma’s cooking is in my genes and that I have wonderful roommates who don’t mind a free meal once in a while.
- I left behind the love of my life, Joe, but have full faith that distance won’t break us, but make us. Which meant learning that flying is not so scary – but that has taken a lot of exposure therapy (18 flights to be exact).
- Most of all, this past year has taught me that our lives are a wonderful path, and that new doors – and aisles – appear all the time. It’s just a matter of which ones you choose.