It was just over a year ago that I was counting down the days, hours and minutes until hubs and I would be packing up our things and making the trek down from Virginia to start our new chapter of life – and now, as we approach the first anniversary of our time back in Florida, I keep pinching myself, with this overwhelming feeling of “is this really my life?”
There’s just so much to be thankful for – from the mild winter, to visits from family, from the luxury of “popping over” to the magical world of Disney and the joy of year-round outdoor running to meeting the furball we can’t imagine living without – it’s been a wild and crazy adventure being back here in the Sunshine State.
On top of all of this, I’ve checked quite a few items off of my bucket list since returning here – finishing my Master’s program, running my first 50K, dying my hair pink after raising more than $2,000 for breast cancer research, and yes, rocking in to the 3rd decade of my life in style.
And while we’re celebrating – let’s celebrate something else – my one-month anniversary of working at my new job! I’ve been keeping busy, making new connections and learning a lot!
So, when I found out this past weekend that I’d be taking a work trip (my first real work trip! I am geeking out!!) to The Running and Fitness Event for Women with two of my colleagues “at the office” in less than two weeks – I definitely had to stop and breathe for a minute. Traveling to a running event? For work?? Even with my flight confirmation and registration confirmation, I can hardly believe it.
A year ago, I couldn’t wait to leave my job. Today, I can’t wait to get to work.
Now, I have challenges. I have goals. I have a genuine interest in the work that I am doing, and it makes all the difference.
In 11 days, I’ll be boarding a plane to share and discover more about the exciting segment of women’s running – and did I mention it was in Chicago? Yes, Chicago! And there is a LAKEFRONT FUN RUN. Is that right up my alley or what? It’ll be lining up with my week 4 of training, and it’ll definitely be a great boost to these early stages of marathon training – I can hardly wait!!
Now, here’s the kicker – I have NEVER been to Chicago! Yes, it’s true – other than O’Hare, of course. So, tell me – although this trip is pretty packed in, what are some must-do’s? If I am not able to get it in this time, there’s always October :)