I just submitted my 6 month appraisal document to my supervisor!! Work has been the highlight of my life. Working at PETA is a dream come true, every single day.
I’ve been given a few more responsibilities, including being in charge of the entire presentation for my department’s report at our monthly staff meeting. I’ve given many speeches, but speaking in front of my PETA colleagues freaked me out!
Wait. I have lived in Virginia for 6 months? WHAT IS MY LIFE.
I miss my family, the comfort of crying on my mom’s shoulder instead of crying to her on the phone, fighting with my sisters, my dog Gravy, and the cheaper EVERYTHING.
I’m so stoked to be going back to Texas in early December!
But Virginia Beach has become home. I find myself calling the house that Luke (my roommate) and I share “home.” Speaking of Luke… I was reluctant to share on my blog that ever since I met him, I liked him very much. We had an amazing chemistry and I feared he only saw me as a friend. He is one of the best hearts and souls I have met in a while, or ever.
He has become one of my best friends. We go on crazy adventures, like the weekend we took off of work and spontaneously drove to Shenandoah National Park (four hours away!) and hiked and camped.
Or the hottest summer day when we jet skied (a first for me!) on a beautiful lake. Or the morning runs in the rain. Or the weekends spent with his family picking strawberries, blueberries, and babysitting his nephews. Or the nights we stayed up until 3 AM talking politics and women’s rights despite having to be at work the next day. I can’t even begin to describe the world he’s opened my eyes up to, and the growth I’ve experienced because of this individual.
Recently, we became more than friends/roommates/running buddies. It has felt like a dream come true (literally, I have shamefully had dreams about him and me together), and we were both on cloud 9 for days because we both had these feelings for each other but were afraid the other didn’t feel the same. Le sigh… As much as I try and go with the flow of things, I can’t help but think WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING?!
With everything going on, I feel so overwhelmed in a great way! I mean, my life went from zero to 60 since the beginning of this year. There is a stirring in my soul. An unrest. A knowing that there is still something greater I am meant to do with my life. For too long, I have stood in my own way, afraid of becoming my best self in fear that I may lose it all. There’s something about moving away from everything I once knew and starting over again that has opened my eyes.
Quick Side Note: Today is my 5th day on the vegan raw food lifestyle. I feel great! More on the reasons why I made the switch and some updates soon!
Now, I run differently. I eat differently. And I love differently. Thank you God for giving me the life of my dreams and for giving me this body of a vessel to help animals and love people.
It’s okay to run towards satisfaction, as long as satisfaction is from within.