I have so much to be grateful for in this last year and I might not always show it through thread of my life. In the last year I have worked at a shoe store that taught me the value of customer service, showed how hard ownership of a business can be and had the pleasure of adding to my collection of strong women in my life. You know who you are, so thank you! Thank you for putting up with me even when I was hyper, silly, crazy and even having the occasional bad day.
Then I moved to another chapter that didn't last long enough but was one that built me to be as strong as I am now. Working with a little girl that will always have a piece of my heart. She taught me the value of a voice, the patience of the world, and showed me what a true smile looks like. I can not wait to hug that little girl again someday! I met the most inspirational women that gave me confidence, taught me more than I realised and look after me everyday, no matter how fare we are separated. You know who you are, thank you!
Alongside Corvian I had the pleasure of working with a women that has moved mountains in an industry that is dominated by men. She has paved the way for women like to me have successful careers in the construction industry and my generation thanks her for that. She has taught me so much in our short time together and I will never be able to express this full gratitude to her. Choate was another staple in this last year that showed me corporate american can take care of their employees by engaging them in and outside of work. Choate made me feel like family and I have to give a big thanks to the people that made me laugh, day-after-day. You know who you are, thank you! Plus they took a chance on me and I got to prove myself, I like environments like this no matter how sick it might be. From their reaction to me leaving, I feel like I rose to the challenge and allowed me to realise I can be thrown into things and thrive.
The cheerleaders I have to thank endlessly is my coach and yoga teacher. These two women have pushed me to my limits mentally, physically and spiritually. I have them to thank for always being a voice of reason, never giving unwarranted advice yet asking the hard questions to make me face my fears. These two women could have been just a passing by piece of my life, but for me they will always be apart of my story.
Lastly, I have to thank my family for supporting me through the tears, laughs, sickness, struggles and undeceive behaviour that often plaques me. They have shown me patience when I couldn't show myself patience and shown me love when I couldn't love myself. They have been the back bone to this move and I have them to thank everyday, every hour, every second. It sounds like over kill but if I am being honest, this still wouldn't be enough. You know who you are, thank you!
Last note before I head to bed and wake up 25, halfway.up.the.hill. AHH! It has been brought to my attention that this blog shows a lot of my struggle here, which is what I feel I need this outlet to be. BUT I must say last night picking up my brother-in-law was the first time I think IT actually hit me...I LIVE IN ECUADOR. (JUNE 10 also happened to be the 2 month anniversary of me arriving here, weird). I might not always show how settled in I have become here but life is nothing but good. It is not what I had expected or even imagined but I am figuring it out. My job is crazy and I kinda love it like that. The masters is hard as hell but what did I except? And of course, I am always searching for a better me but know that my life in Ecuador has just begun and I can't wait to continue sharing it with you, good or bad. Hopefully I can meet.myself.halfway. in this next year. Wish me luck! Many thanks for reading!!!