A year. I’m not going to say it was my year, there were too many ups and downs for that. But 2017 was, hands down, the most life changing year. When I think about everything that happened over the last year, I sometimes can’t believe that it was only 12 months. The events could have filled a life time.
Some things happen that I never thought would, I hoped they never would at least. Some things happened that I only dreamed would happen someday, and yet they did. I grew as a person, hell, I grew up.
In January we were going through the motions of every day life, but not fully living.
In February that changed, and we moved across country.
In March a friend came into my life at just the right time.
In April, we got engaged.
& In April, health scares & concerns hit my family.
In May we began looking for a house.
In June we bought a house.
In July we moved into a house.
In August I started my first big girl, real time, no joke job.
In September I walked in a fashion show.
In October I began to launch my Fitness Business, and landed my first real client.
In November business grew. But sadness and death also hit my family.
In December, I’m here, reflecting on it all, and am ready to take on the world.
And here’s our story.
In January I felt stuck. Alex & I both did. We were recent college grads who both felt we had more to give in a career. So we looked for options. Job searching with minimal experience at a young age is a daunting task, it’s tough. Alex had applied to probably 40-50 jobs with responses back from only a few. Discouraging? You could say so. And then, by some grace of God, Volvo called and he was flown out for an interview. And he got the job.
In February we moved. 1,000 miles. Across country. Growing up I always talked about living close to a beach or moving to warm weather, but I never thought it would happen. And then all of a sudden it was happening. While I was excited about the new adventure, I was all of a sudden struck with dread, and fear, and sadness. Can you remember the moment that your life was changing dramatically? Do you remember watching it change before your own eyes? The farthest I had ever been away from my family, my entire extended family, in my entire life were those 4.5 years that I spent in Iowa for college and the time after. I was 185 miles away from my parents. An easy trip home.
But then all of a sudden I’m hit with moving 846 miles away from my mom, my dad, my brother, everyone. No more easy drives home. And with that distance, I was – we were, all of a sudden completely and totally on our own. Your car needs fixing? Fix it yourself. There’s no driving home for mommy & daddy to take it to the shop. You’re homesick? Well, you better hope that phone calls and FaceTime can do the trick because you’re not seeing your family more than eh 3-4 times per year now.
So we said our goodbyes, and we wiped our tears, and we loaded up the moving truck. Looking in that rearview mirror only a few times.
In March, I was made aware that I needed family out here, I needed something or someone that felt like family. And that was where Orangetheory Fitness came in. The members there and my coworkers were just people at the time, I didn’t know that they would become family, but they have. Just a few weeks after starting my job at Orangetheory Fitness, I met Alex Moiseenko. Alex is the family that I was meant to find out here. I’m honestly not sure what I would have done this year without meeting her. She’s family when I need her, a call when I need her, a great dog-sitting auntie when I need her. She’s an overly open, overly honest, airhead yet mature friend that took the sting out of moving.
In April, I experienced my highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Alex and I got engaged. On a beautiful beach watching a beautiful sunrise. Let the planning begin!
But also, in April my family got hit with medical news that we never thought we’d hear. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then we aren’t as good of friends as you think. And I’m not about to put it all out on the internet. But what I do want to say is that when this happened, I was hit hard. I remember saying “I knew something bad would happened when I moved” and it did. Why, why, why? So I told my closest friends the news. And just a month after becoming friends, I felt comfortable enough to tell Alex. Telling her, and talking to her about it made me realize something. That we were moved out to NC before this happened, because I needed to be here to have someone to talk to about it. Someone who can relate to what my family is going through. Alex was that friend, the reason I was here and not there to deal with it, because she too has been there. It was a blessing.
The summer months of this year were overall great! May, June, & July saw us searching, purchasing, and moving into a new home. It also saw trips to the beach and little mini vacations. But, it also had me feeling stuck at work, for what felt like the hundredth time. Why can’t I be satisfied? Because I have so much more to give and I knew that.
Those summer months were MY turn to fill out 40-50 job applications with only a few hits. And then, thanks to the Lord, I got called in for an interview to a job that I applied using LinkedIn easy apply. EASY APPLY! I couldn’t believe it. But in July I went through the interview process and I GOT THE JOB!
August was all sunshines and rainbows. I started my new job, many aspects of wedding planning were coming into place. It was good, all was good.
September was an example that living in a bigger city has given me A LOT more exposure to opportunity. In September, I got to walk in a fashion show. A fashion show. An opportunity that, without a doubt in my mind, would never presented itself back in Iowa.
October is the month that I hope I look back on this time next year and think “Yes that was it, that was the beginning of my year”. Because in October I began to launch my business. In almost every job interview I had been in over the last 4-5 years, when the question “What are you dreams for the future” was asked, I would always say that I want to own my own gym, my own business. So somewhere, almost out of nowhere, I completely and totally went for it. And I got business!
November saw a little (and I mean little) growth for the business, but hey I was, and still am, in launch phase! November also saw the death of a family member, we could actually say 2 family members here. We lost my aunt due to a terrible disease, and my parents & brothers lost a furry family member, Gunner. Another month of highs and lows.
And here we are in December, reflecting on the past year and looking forward & planning for the year ahead. And let me tell you, it is going to be huge.
One thing that I have learned this year is that I have, hands down, grown up. In some ways that I wish I wouldn’t have. How is that with age, I am more in touch with my emotions? Cliche? But I see a story, a touching story, and can barely keep it together at work. I want to save all of the animals and it breaks my heart that I can’t – not yet. I’ve grown up in the fact that I don’t need to be out every single weekend night, nor do I want to. Hell, we sometimes only make it out on the town 2ish times a month sometimes! We go to bed by 10, rarely after. Waking up later than 6:30 is sleeping in. I feel side tracked at work if I know my dogs have been alone for too long. I cry when I have to leave them when we go on vacation. I find myself sitting on the floor more just to be with them. I enjoy and appreciate conversations with people more – and people of all ages. Some of my most favorite people I’ve met here aren’t even in my same generation. Life is different, but it’s good. And to everyone back home, I miss you and love you. And to everyone here, especially my OTF fam, thank you for making me feel welcome.