Sunday, April 10, 2011

Days 16 & 17

I was in Wilmington all day yesterday (a little more on that later), so I wasn't able to post. Just trying to catch up :)

Day 16 - A picture of someone you've been friends with the longest and still feel connected to.

I'm still friends with a handful of people from high school but as far as both knowing someone a long time AND feeling connected, that person has to be Laura. We met our freshman year at Meredith and, though we don't get to see each other terribly often, when we do get together, it's as if no time has passed. This picture is from her wedding...I was a bridesmaid.

Day 17 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.

This picture represents how I fit into the working world. That's probably my biggest insecurity right now. As an amateur therapist and one who hasn't always been (and sometimes still isn't) confident about my place in the field, I'm quite insecure about the work I do.

I went down to Wilmington yesterday to stay with Sam, Andy, and Andy. It was the first time I'd been back since moving. We met up with Stephen (from YV), his wife, Amanda, and their ADORABLE baby, Hannah for lunch at Hell's Kitchen, then explored the Azalea Festival (I'd never been). We were at the festival for about 30 minutes when I spotted one of the families I used to work with. Luckily, they didn't spot me or that might have been a little awkward. Last night, we just ordered pizza and watched How to Train Your Dragon (don't judge - it was a really good movie and the only one the 4 of us could agree on). It was a really low-key day but, honestly, I'd prefer that to going out and getting crazy, then feeling terrible the next day. I'm such an old lady. :-P Truth be told, I could have gone to bed at 10pm; I was so exhausted from getting up early and making the 2 hour drive. But it was a good time and really nice to catch up with the Wilmington gang.

I found myself feeling a bit nostalgic while I was there, especially if, while in the car, we came anywhere close to where Brandon and I used to live. It's so funny how that whole part of my life feels a bit like a it didn't even happen. It seems very long ago...even though it's only been about 3 months. Of course, much has changed in those 3 months. I was a little sad but able to snap myself out of it.

I was in training all last week for my new job and, so far, I still have good feelings about it. The CEO of the company came to talk to us on Monday, which spoke volumes to me. You better believe I never laid eyes (in person) on the CEO of Youth Villages. The training itself was 10x better than my orientation for YV. I actually feel like I learned something (imagine that) and it wasn't a waste of my time. It also helped that the corporate office, where we were training, was about 7 minutes from my apartment. The first part of the week, it was just the new hires but, on Thursday and Friday, we were joined by a few staff members who have been with Triumph for a while. I was able to meet 2 of the people from my office, though neither of them will be on my team. I also met an outpatient therapist from the Burlington office with whom I really seemed to click. She and I were partners for all the training activities on Friday and found out that we have a lot in common. We may never see each other in person again but having someone to chat with certainly made the day go by more quickly and was more enjoyable. It's funny how you find these people who are SO much like you, sometimes in the most unlikely of situations. Tomorrow will be my first day at the office and I don't know too much about what it holds. I have a feeling I'll be seeing families by the end of the week though (which, frankly, does make me a little nervous). Please think positive thoughts about my first real week of work!

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