It’s been a while since I’ve updated, but with good reason, I promise!
So, we know I’ve relocated to Seattle to follow dreams, reach goals, and happiness. But what I didn’t expect was to reach many of those goals within the first month of being here.
Today marks the one month date exactly since I moved. And I wanna share with all of you what I’ve done.
- snuggled with puppies
- went to Chucks hop shop – so many beers! and Jess’ first time playingJenga
- went to Salmon La Sac on a short river float (due to weather) & camping with awesome new friends
- realized Seattle has “Little Free Library” which is nothing more than cute bird-house like boxes that you can give and take books from for free
- Had a girls night at the house & FINALLY played Cards Against Humanity!
- Bought a really nice rain coat (it needs to last)
- Bought hiking boots!
- Got my WA driver’s license
- Went to Mt. Baker and hiked an8mile hike!
- Saw my first glacier!
- revisited Rock Box (great karaoke place)
- went roller skating
- Volunteered with the Human Rights Campaign & got to go to the Seattle Gala
- went to many of the great local food places
- Realized grocery shopping is almost an all day affair to buy local and healthy that is!
- figured out the bus system
- made espresso from home
- found Sebastian (from the Little Mermaid) on the beach (personal fav)
- Had a great girls night out filled with multiple wine tastings, dancing, a party bus and more dancing!
- visited the Fremont Troll
- Completed lots of job applications (including one for my dream job)
- BOUGHT A NEW CAR (had to wait to pick it up)
- was given the opportunity to volunteer with GLSEN
- and today, got to pick up my new car and drive around on my own!
Now, sure, there are lots of things that I completed. But let’s stop and reflect for a moment, shall we?
Part of why I moved out here was to spend less time wasting time and more time volunteering and trying to better the lives of others simply because I can. Within one week I was able to volunteer with two organizations that I feel personally connected to.
The Human Rights campaign was an amazing experience. I got lucky, not having a job allowed me to help often and the entire day of the actually Gala. Tru Blood’s Joe Manganiello was there with his partner Sofia Vergara. So many beautiful people were there, participating as part of the movement to better the world; it was amazing to stand by and watch.
For those of you who don’t know about HRC, their mission statement is the following:
“The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.” ( http://www.hrc.org )
GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is an organization I’ll be able to volunteer at weekly! Their mission statement is:
“At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow. We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country — from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community — to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.” ( http://glsen.org )
How awesome is that? Count me in!
Now, on top of the volunteer work, which has been incredible. I’ve realized how far my BA in Psychology can go. I’ve looked more deeply into ways I can further my education, deepen my impact on this world, and challenge myself.
And further, I was able to buy myself a new car (never had one of those before).
SUCH AMAZING BLESSINGS!
The reality of limitations will surface itself I’m sure. But for now, I’m going to take what I have and use it to benefit the lives of others and myself.
One month in and I’ve already accomplished this much! Just goes to show we are capable human beings. We are able to do ALL things as long as we push ourselves to do so. We have to believe in ourselves and in others if we are going to get the most out of this life!
I thank everyone for being patient with me as I put my life together, for supporting me though all of it, and for believing in me. It means more than you’ll ever know!