Month: June 2012

Life Lately

I didn’t intend for it to be quite so long since my last post… but things got crazy! The next day, I left for St. Louis for my very last business trip, and the city itself was pretty fun! We were right downtown by the Arch, and the rooftop bar at my hotel had a 360º view of the city, which was pretty breathtaking. Check out this picture from when I wandered out to get lunch one day.

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Incredible, right?

Work-wise, the trip was great. They made the announcement at the Board of Directors meeting that I was leaving, so I got to say a lot of goodbyes and get well-wishes from some of the key players at my old organization. After getting back to DC, I trained my replacement for three days, which were my last ones in the office. Late that last day, I was given a goodbye party with champagne and cheese, and was presented with a plaque from the President of my company on behalf of the board.

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It was really the perfect goodbye, and bittersweet at best.

The next day, I flew up to Boston for one of my best friend from college’s weddings. Check out the background of her wedding:

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How beautiful is that!? It was so fun to be with my best friends from college.

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After the ceremony, the reception was held in the most amazing tent I’ve ever seen for a wedding.

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It was hard to believe it was a tent! We got TONS of pictures, of course.

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But I’ll spare you too many. Since the wedding was in Boston, we got a full New England style dinner.

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Lobster!! How awesome.

Oh, and one more thing about the wedding – I did my own hair and was really happy with how it came out!

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It stayed up the whole night and it felt so good to have it off my face!

After leaving Boston, I headed to NYC for a few days to hang out with my sister and her kids, before taking the bus back to DC for another few days. I took the whole week off last week, which was necessary I think before starting the new job. It felt so good to just lay low and do everything I needed to get done to get ready for the new job.

And today marks the first day of my new life as a director!

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The job is going REALLY well. I am so thrilled to be there and am really hitting the gruond running. Everyone is so nice and welcoming – – I even had a welcome gift from my boss on day 1!

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(It had a moleskin, a fancy pen, a candle, and a sweet card.)

Anyway, life has been hectic, but great. I am in such a good place and am so content. My birthday is one week from today and I can FEEL that it’s going to be a good year!

The End of an Era

For my current job, I travel about 4-5 times a year for conferences and courses, so I have been to a lot of places I might not have gotten to see otherwise! Just to recap, here’s a list of all the cities I’ve visited because of my job over the last three years:

    • Reno – September 2009
    • Houston – January 2010
    • Oklahoma City – June 2010
    • Minneapolis – July 2011
    • Columbus – September 2010
    • San Diego – January 2011
    • Indianapolis – June 2011
    • Kansas City – July 2011
    • Charlotte – September 2011
    • New Orleans – September 2011
    • Sacramento – November 2011
    • San Antonio – January 2012
    • St. Louis – June 2012

That’s a pretty long list of cities! The only ones I would probably have gone to visit independent of my job are San Diego, New Orleans, and San Antonio, but I’m so glad I got to see them all! I can honestly say that pretty much every city on that list exceeded my expectations, regardless of how low they may have been going in. Winking smile

Tomorrow, I am leave for a conference in St. Louis for five nights for work, and it is going to be my very LAST trip with my current job.

After 3 years and 2 months, I am leaving my current position for a new opportunity at a different association in DC. The move is extremely bittersweet because I actually really love my current job (most of the time) and have grown very close with my coworkers, so I am really sad to be leaving. When I was interviewing, I didn’t really take much time to think about leaving the current place and was more looking forward to the next stage in my career, but when I put my notice in the week before last, it hit me.

I won’t be seeing these same faces of my coworkers five days of the week.

I won’t be seeing the members of the organization who I’ve seen several times a year for the last three years.

I won’t be at a place that I know inside and out and have been at more than any other place for the last three years.

I won’t have already proven myself.

With that said, this new opportunity was one I couldn’t walk away from. It’s a huge step up professionally and is making me feel like a real grown up, even if I have technically been one for some time. I don’t want to go into too many details on here, but my new title is Director of Corporate Relations, and I’ll have an opportunity to rework the entire corporate relations program at the new association and build a team under me over time.

Part of the reason that things have been so insane for me lately is because I’ve been interviewing a lot, and then super busy at my current job as I try to wrap things up before heading out the door! I will be back to DC next Monday night, then back in my office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and then I am done! It’s so crazy to think about the change after you’ve headed to the same place every weekday morning for years, but even though I am nervous about it, I truly am more excited than anything.

Closet Cleanout and An Exercise Rut

Happy Monday!

I haven’t set monthly goals in quite some time, but I think it was a good idea that I wrote some Friday because I already knocked out one of my June goals – cleaning out my closet! I went through everything and pulled out things that I haven’t worn/don’t fit well and put them all in a huge pile to donate:

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When I got my style makeover last year, the questions we asked about each piece were:

    • Do I love it?
    • Is it flattering?

I had to answer yes to both of those or else they made it into the pile, which later transformed into brown paper bags which are more presentable.

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It feels so good to lighten the load!

Exercise Rut

So. I am really struggling with exercise lately. This weekend I did bike around for a couple of hours on Saturday and did a 14 mile ride on Sunday because it was SO gorgeous outside, but I didn’t make it to the gym once last week during the week! I’ve been doing walks to and from work most days (~2.6 miles), but have really been having a hard time doing legitimate exercise and making it a priority. I just haven’t felt like going to the gym!

I think part of it is that I have been insanely busy with work/life (with a pretty big announcement for me coming soon on that one!) and also because I just finished my last long race of the season, which left me feeling pretty defeated. I have had lots of obligations/things I want to do after work that have involved alcohol, which makes it hard to wake up early the next day to exercise. But these are all just excuses. I need to get a handle on this before it gets out of hand!

So here’s where I need your help.

What’s your #1 tip for busting out of an exercise rut?

Friday Five

Five Goals for June

    1. Lose 4 lbs (average of 1/week)
    2. Consistently strength train 2x a week
    3. Go through my closet and get rid of things to donate that I don’t wear
    4. Try to be in bed by 11pm most nights
    5. Finish reading Born to Run

Four Bands I’ve Been Listening to a Lot Lately

    1. Mumford & Sons
    2. Bright Eyes
    3. The National
    4. Wilco

Three places I travel this month:

    1. St. Louis for a conference for work
    2. Boston for a wedding
    3. NYC for a week!

Two Hysterical Websites

    1. Go Away – This is David Thorne’s website, and I have literally been laughing so hard I cry when I read some of his stuff. My personal favs: Justin’s Floodlight, Formal Complaints, and Missing Missy.
    2. Don’t Even Reply – This guy basically responds to classified ads and really screws around with the people. I can’t even articulate how funny they are, but check out My New Jogging Partner.

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