I called my grandma the other day. She misses me and worries about how far I am from “home” in Texas, and asks me all the time when I’m moving back to
Hicktown Texas. I told her, “Nanny, I love you. But Virginia Beach is home to me now. I’m not coming back to live in Texas.” I have not had a moment to reflect upon how I packed what belongings could fit in my car, drove 1400 miles across the country, and am now living the life I always wanted. It had not sunk in yet that this incredibly strange and wonderful place in which I dwell is now… home – until that phone call.
(Cheesy song that reminds me of home and uplifts me.)
I assured Nanny that I’m doing fine, I’m safe, and I’m sound.
I’ve been running like a mad woman!
Can you believe it was cold enough in Virginia to wear a hoodie this week? YES!
And cooking up a storm like one too!
I make kale smoothies every morning for me and Luke. They are the perfect start to the day!
Work has been going so well! I’m learning so much and getting all kinds of good feedback from my department leaders. You may be surprised to learn how many lawyers and doctoral scientists we have working at PETA. My colleagues are on the cutting edge of humane science and are so progressive and creative in their methods. I’m learning that to advance in this organization you either have to have experience, a law degree, or PhD. All of this positive, constructive energy around me has really inspired me to further my own education!
How cute are the gang of geese as I drove up to work yesterday?!
I’m working on personalizing my desk. For now, I have a Texas A&M paperweight, hand sanitizer, my tea mug, and an ugly lamp.
My newly cut short hair has been a hot mess! Some days I love it.
Note to boobs: Where did you go? Come back!
Some days I wish I had long hair again.
Some days I want to pull a Miley Cyrus and chop it ALL off.
Stress relief and meditation.
I’ve started to explore more of my neighborhood and I found this quiet peaceful niche with a lake.
When I’m stressed or just not feeling well, I go lay in the backyard like a total raging tree-hugger. I don’t care. I love it.
This week, I was pissed off at something that is so irrelevant in the great picture of life. And so I went for a run on the trails. I thought, “Why would anyone love this part of me that is angry, judgmental, selfish, and mean? 99% of the time, I am not those things. But when something or someone sets me off, those traits come out. Will I always be this way?” And I felt God’s presence surround me. And He told me that there is a dark place in me that I dare not share with any person and any person would not dare to go. But God goes there. And with Him, He brings light. And with the light, He plants flowers. The dark place is now fixed into a beautiful place that emits light and life. That time I spent with God, He helped me see that I will get nowhere by judging other people, but I will get so far by loving and accepting them. Selfish and bitter energy will only eat me alive.
What a beautiful lesson…