1. A job change in the summer is okay. Yes, I changed jobs in July and joined a great company and am part of a very small entrepreneurial-thinking team. Though the first few weeks were, well, boring (seems that’s the norm for all new jobs), after a couple of months we’ve really ramped up and I’m happily busy (note: not stressed) and glad I made the move.
2. You CAN find a relationship online. Over the years I’ve been to many different online dating sites (always one at a time) and had my fair share of ‘first dates’. In late April, a nice man messaged me and the rest is history. Yes, he lives 125 miles away in a different state, but we make it work. Don’t give up!
3. Communication IS key to all relationships. This not only goes for ‘love’ relationships (per #2 above) but also friendships and family. Due to #1 and #2, I haven’t had all the time to see friends and family but always made the effort to call when I could. My friends understand, especially since they’re happy #2 happened (“finally” they stated!). Hugs and love to my friends — you know who you are.
5. New purchases don’t stay new for long. So after starting my new job, I leased a new car and went on vacation with my new boyfriend to visit my family (yes, he was “officially introduced” — still rolling my eyes at my brother-in-law’s comment.…“I think this is the first REAL man you’ve dated”.…what!@!@!). The day we get back from our vacation — we’re rear-ended, badly, on the interstate by a 19-year old who didn’t know the difference between the brake pedal and the gas pedal. My boyfriend was taken to the emergency room (neck/back strain; he’s fine) but my new car has spent over three weeks in the shop. Wish it got totaled, but it didn’t. I’m looking for the Febreze spray for “new car scent’. The car has been in the body shop longer than I drove it.
6. Short trips are good for the soul. Fortunately, I was able to take many small trips this summer — northern Minnesota (my annual “solo” trip), the Black Hills of South Dakota, Texas and east to Wisconsin (reference #2 for the reason!). #BestPartOfSummer
7. You can get a tattoo at ANY age. Yep, I did it.
8. It is true — God only gives us what we can handle. This is my mantra in times of stress — or as I rather put it — when shit rains down.
9. And lastly, to the awesome, fabulous vevelicious team. A big thanks to Cassandra, Kelli, Cassie, Sia and Lee for hanging in there while I started a new job, got sick and went on a few trips. They are a terrific bunch of gals who really helped me and the blog. I appreciate you all!
Yes, I learned a lot this summer — the biggest learning of all — take every day ONE DAY AT A TIME. Sometimes, I have to take an hour at a time.
Now I have get ready for, what the Farmer’s Alamanac is calling, “another brutal winter’. Oh goody, good thing my winter mittens never were put away.
Written by Ms. Renee Vevea, hoping things settle down for a bit but learning every day.