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This Isn't What I Expected.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It's July. 2013. Which is precisely one year since I moved to Florida.

To the week, exactly. UNREAL. Last year at this time, I was getting ready to fly down here to interview for my very first teaching position. A week and a half after that, I was moving myself down here alone knowing NO ONE, but taking a huge leap of faith.


Less than a week after moving here, on my birthday nonetheless, I met my boyfriend. We have been dating for almost a year (we just celebrate the 4th of every month since that's when we met!)

I entered into what I thought was going to be a hard but successful first year of teaching which would lead to more and more years of teaching. Blown away by the fact that my first teaching job ended in being let go mid-way through the year. But I didn't cave; I cried a lot, but I didn't give in; I didn't pack it in and take the easy road and move back home with my family. I stuck my stubborn attitude in ultra-high gear and was bound and determined to make it.

So I took a job working part time in retail for a company that I regularly shopped with for little more than money in my pocket and a good discount (can't blame me there! lol).

Now, coming up on my 1-year anniversary of moving, I have:
-accepted and been let go from my first full-time teaching job ever
-fallen in love and stuck with this relationship through hardships and ups and downs, but also lots and lots of joy
-worked my butt off doing something other than teaching that I really love, and am now working somewhere completely different than I saw myself at this point in life, but loving it and having a blast!
-met and am working with a FABULOUS group of ladies that are my new close support group and I don't know what I would do without them!
-found and joined a new church after leaving the school where the love of God is so present and the members there are loving and welcoming towards me

So, if someone had told me one year ago that I would move here and all of the above-mentioned things would happen, I wouldn't have taken that chance. But, God has a funny way of working things out, shutting doors, and opening up opportunities that I would never have considered.

Life is a crazy ride, and I'm holding on tight.

Quote of the Day:
If you don't like where you are, then change it. You are not a tree.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GREGGWEISBROD 7/26/2013 11:39AM

    I'm so glad I found you on Spark, you're such an amazing girl. Loved the quote, hilarious and completely true!

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LULUMOMMY31 7/23/2013 8:59AM

    What a fabulous reflection! Thanks for sharing :)

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AHUVAK1 7/22/2013 9:16AM

    I am so proud of you! You rule.

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CLPURNELL 7/19/2013 8:58PM

    We never know where life is going to take us we canhavethe best laid plans then everything changes. But what it is about is making the best of it all and it sure seems like you have done that!! So my hat is off to you for making the best of it!!! Here is to another crazy but great year!!!

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TINYDBS 7/18/2013 4:49PM

    Such a positive and balanced perspective on your year. I love your faith in your journey!

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MIRAGE727 7/18/2013 7:48AM

    I so feel ya, Krystyne! We moved down her 4.5 years ago. I've face new challenges in a new lifestyle and come out stronger than ever. It's a good thing. The better is the fact that you have probably found strength within you that you never thought you had. You embraced the challenge! Stay strong, stay focused, and be well!

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    Great Blog! You keep fighting!

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AEROGIRL1594 7/17/2013 4:21PM

    I loved this! It truly is crazy what can happen in just a single year! I'm glad that you are doing so well though!

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EDENFELL 7/17/2013 3:43PM

    Love the quote emoticon

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SDLEE514 7/17/2013 11:13AM

    ha! but I like trees. In all seriousness, that is my motto, if you don't like something, change it. Great example of letting life take its course and rising up to new opportunities!

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STODD251 7/16/2013 9:52PM

    Life is crazy, but it seems like you're doing well. I was let go from my first full-time teaching job as well. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I hadn't kept pursuing teaching after that. But I think life is working out all right. Not perfect yet, but I doubt perfect will ever happen. It sounds like you have a lot for which to be grateful.

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SWEETNEEY 7/16/2013 9:41PM

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ILUVTTV 7/16/2013 9:39PM

    Congrats on making it through such tough times...May God bless you in your journey on this roller coaster ride called life!

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