The past year has been one of the most intense of my life.
I’m not trying to make excuses for not writing on here, it’s just the truth. Every moment of the past year has been spent trying to accomplish something. Even in the relaxing moments, things were crazy and busy and painful and intense and exciting and happy and, and, and… overwhelming.
Can you be underwhelmed? Just whelmed? I’m not sure, but I know, without a doubt, that “overwhelmed” explains my absence of blogging. To recap:
I graduated from Elmira College with my Masters in Corporate and Community Education plus a certification in Training of Trainers AND Human Resource Development.
…and I kept my perfect GPA (not to brag, but I should get to brag a little, right?!).
I went on an AMAZING, last minute, no planning time at all trip with my parents and sister to Haiti & Jamaica and once again, fell in love with snorkeling and cruise ships.
I went on the TRIP OF A LIFETIME with my significant other to Norway, Finland, and Estonia. Two weeks off work to travel around Europe with nothing but the man I love, a backpack, and some hiking shoes? Yes, please! Sign me up for round two!
I had a few HUGE professional successes, including growing my education program to three times its original size this year, creating holiday joy and building relationships in my office environment, bringing on additional interns from other companies for learning experiences, AND creating another entirely new and wholly successful community outreach program. (Again, sorry, bragging but I worked A LOT for this!)
I lost a few friends, made some more, reconnected with old friends and established friends in every facet of my life successfully, for the first time ever.
My little sister got her learner’s permit and my brother and his wife bought farm animals and established their own business.
My Mom fought diligently for what she believes she and other educators in her district deserved, and eventually came to an agreement at the end of a very long, multiple year battle. She’s so much more vocal and confident than she was when I was a kid, and it’s cool to see her shine and know she’s shining.
My Dad adopted more animals and people, taking employees under his wing who needed coaching and staying a constant motivator in my life. He’s growing into someone very different, more calm and warm and encouraging, different from who he was when I was a kid, but I kind of like it. It’s cool to see who he’s becoming too.
I learned a TON about digital media and began blogging and writing for other people. Both fun and scary.
And I experienced some of the biggest health scares related to my diabetes that I ever have.
I’m thinking that covers it. Again, just a quick recap on everything to explain my absence…in case you were wondering.
Ideally, I’ll be able to keep up a better schedule now that school, my various trips, and my job are starting to settle down or are finished. I’m heading to a writers’ conference in a few weeks, so ideally I’d like to share this blog if I can at that conference. We’ll see how it goes.