Hello . . . it’s me.
I’ve been doing quite the amount of traveling these past few months. As I reflect back, each destination has instilled valuable lessons in me. I’ve endured an insightful combination of rewarding, inspiring, and straight up tough times. With each, I was inevitably led to just move forward / “back to reality.”
Austin, TX | Vanderpool, TX
Reason for departure: Austin exploring + Camp No Counselors Austin
I actually left for this trip to hang out with a huge group of fellow Camp No Counselors loyalists – many of which I had never met. I wanted to see Austin and that beautiful camp and went for it. I almost switched trips out of uncertainty, but am so glad I didn’t.
I was a returning camper who knew camp was a no worries zone – but I had some. I conquered my very first stand up show *win* at the talent show, but almost missed my second one.
I say that because I busted a hole in my ear drum. Yep. Turns out there are much better ways to land a blob fly than on your ear. All I remember is coming up from the water and everything spinning, shouting for help realizing I was drowning. ~vertigo~
All worked out when a stud country singer came to my rescue. I thought I had lost hearing in my right ear. I was in tears after a trip to the EMT and waking up from a nap still in pain.
I’m so thankful nothing long term happened. I went to an Austin ENT who cleared me to fly but see a Boston ENT asap. After 3 check ups, I’m fully healed outside of being encouraged to not scuba dive or skydive for a few months (you got it, doc).
Last year I had some hypochondria issues I worked through, and I’m so proud of the way I continued to enjoy my time at camp and move on. Even when the Boston ENT told me “the hole is in the worst spot.”
Lesson learned: land in a cannon ball next time. Already signed up for my next camp!
Boynton Beach, FL
Reason for departure: Father’s Day Weekend
I actually intended for this to be a surprise to my dad. Even though it spilled, I’m so glad I made this trip. I’m honestly so thankful to have such a loving family, and these little holidays mean the world to me; even though every day is Father’s Day.
This one is short and sweet because words can never express how thankful I am for every single day that I get to see my family. I also had the feels of being in a new home, since they just sold my OG home.
I was interested to find easy acceptance that this change is a part of all of us growing up.
Reason for departure: AOII Convention, client meetings, forever friends
All worked out for an awesome 4th of July weekend which started with my very first Alpha Omicron Pi Convention mixed with client meetings in between! I hadn’t been to D.C. since 8th grade, and I got to go back as someone my 8th grade self wouldn’t have imagined being “10 years from now.” I recently accepted the role of AOII Boston Alumnae President, and was honored to represent.
I refueled my passion for this lifetime commitment and loyalty. I loved seeing my USF mentors and those leading my collegiate chapter now. Oh, and REAL-LIFE PANDAS. I also spent the weekend with friends I’ve had since ~ middle school ~ which I’m so thankful to have kept – these people really get me. Oh, and they let me be a real tourist. This whole weekend can be summed up by one important value: friendship.
New York City
Reason for departure: Her Conference 2017
My 5th #HerConference – win! I’ve grown so loyal to the incredible company I work for, and it was amazing to see Her Conference grow twice the size this year. This conference is always a clear indicator of why Her Campus exists. Our attendees are so loyal and passionate about Her Campus and I’m thankful I’ve experienced this on the campus level and at a professional level.
+ AND saw Waitress on broadway! Living.
Reason for departure: A weekend getaway . . .
Save the *most dramatic finale* ever for the end.
So, I was casually-exclusively-dating-but-not-in-a-relationship with someone for the past two months.
He had a vacation planned in the Vineyard, and invited me to come along with. Sweet, I’ll take it – never been, perfect opportunity. For me, this was an opportunity to see a new place with someone I enjoyed spending time with. Not sure if that translates to me expecting a bouquet of roses on the beach, but miscommunications boiled up.
All started really well, and I am thankful I got to see such a beautiful place + stumble across The Moth (which was my first flood of tears that night ~woe is me~)
Long-story-short, the energy quickly turned and he spilled that he didn’t want to continue, among other floods of excuses and thoughts. Just a reminder here: I’M STUCK ON AN ISLAND. I usually spot red flags, and I can honestly say this caught me off guard. I caught the first bus and ferry out of there (not on my dollar) I could, after an evening of tears, frustration, and overall confusion.
To all: I honestly get it if you’re not into someone anymore. I’ll admit that no time is an easy time to say that, but after this story I’m convinced some times are clearly 1000% worse than others. I find humor in this screenshot I couldn’t resist taking —
I learned that it’s really difficult to date these days (okay, actually that’s not a new lesson). To expand, it’s because I’ll think I really know someone and then I just don’t all of the sudden. For someone to become an everyday happening to literally nothing is hard for me to accept.
Everyone has their vices and I wish the best. Next time someone asks what I’m looking for, it’s just someone who is honest with me and honest with themselves. That takes time, so put yourself out there when you’re ready.
I did wait, and I will continue to put myself out there. *drops mic*