Saturday, September 21, 2013

Now What Part II

At the beginning of the summer (on May 22 to be exact) I wrote the following post: Now What? I honestly have no idea how fourth months have passed, but here I am about to start work and begin a new adventure headquartered in Dallas.

In that post, I had a few goals.
1) Take Spanish lessons in Austin.  Well, that didn't happen. I certainly made some attempts, and even registered for Spanish lessons but they were cancelled by the provider. Spanish was not meant to be this summer, and that's okay by me.

2) Learn Excel like a pro.  Unfortunately I am no Excel pro either. I made attempts here and there, bought a book, downloaded exercises, and completed my employee training. But I feel like I need to be using it to learn it, and I really had no reason to use it this summer. Again, that's okay by me. (I may be regretting this soon though!)

3) Spend a ton of time with my dogs + Joe.  Success!!! (As I write this Sam is sleeping at my feet.)

4) Do physical activity at least 5-6/week, but with some requirements.  Success!! Thanks to a few influencers (Katy, Marisa, James, Chris) I made it to either Camp Gladiator, Gold's Gym, the Mueller pool, or Town Lake almost every day.  Running wise, I even got up to a 15 mile long run! I feel strong and healthy.  That was my biggest goal of all, and somehow I got there. Of course there is way more I could do, but I am happy to say that I lost the MBA + Europe baggage and am motivated to keep it up. I do have a half marathon to do in December, so I have accountability.  By the way, I am a giant believer in orthotics. My podiatrist made my summer.

4) Fourth goal: I had all kinds of ideas and actually tried quite a few of them. I would say the biggest thing I achieved was writing two e-books! My Shark Tank book is out, and my Barcelona guide book is on its way. Wahoo! I am so thankful I had the opportunity to work with my friend Tanya as she ramped her publishing business.

5) Scuba certification. Knocked that out at the beginning of the summer! Now I just need to go diving. 

So those where my goals. 3/5 ain't bad.  Aside from "goals" I also was able to travel like crazy.
1) Dallas multiple times
2) Birmingham for Girl's Weekend
3) East Coast road trip with Angie
4) Weekend in NYC with Angie
5) Port Aransas with the Walsh family
6) San Diego with my parents (and Rachel!)
7) Mustang Island camping with Joe, Frank, and Michelle
8) Santa Fe with Joe

Not bad!!

As I look back at my summer, I am just so grateful that I had this time in Austin.  Even though I was here during school, I never really felt "here" because I was living in a student world. Over the past four months, I've been able to reconnect with Joe, my friends, my family, my puppies, and Austin. I've been amazed at how easy it is to pick right back up with people.  I also have been able to rest and recover and regroup before my next adventure. I realize how much of a blessing having so much pressure-less time in one's hometown is, and I feel like I made the most of it.

I am obviously sad to leave Austin. However, I have no doubt that I will be back. (I mean, I have to come back at least once a month because Joe + Puppies are here!) Tomorrow I "move" to Dallas and I am in the best mental and physical place I could be to do it. I would say my summer was a giant success.

So we begin!


meredith said...

And this, my friend, is EXACTLY why you must keep blogging :) I <3 you so much!!

Taline said...

We want an update of how it's going when you get a chance!