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.