zipcode hopping

Thursday, March 3, 2016

It's all too familiar. My same boxes are being re-taped - 8 addresses in 6 years, they're vets at holding my belongings.

Yes, it's moving time. It's transition. It's the uprooting from a community of people and things I love in exchange for growth, a new purpose, and serving Christ in a different capacity. This season is familiar, yet unexplored.

But this time is different. Every move feels different.

As I mentioned, I am concluding an era

This life, being a Community Director – supervising RA’s and indirectly overseeing 700 residents, essentially being a camp counselor the last 3 years is and will be one of my favorite jobs. I love all of my students, deeply. They amaze me with their love for LIVING life. There is a big difference between existing and living and I am constantly inspired by their choice to LIVE.

I've gotten to do everything I wanted to do at California State University in Monterey Bay. I have gotten to create, love, motivate, expand, educate, mentor, learn, and connect.

I don’t have a single regret of giving so much of my 20’s to invest in college students. It has been an honor to live alongside the next CEO of a company, humanitarian, educator, artist, banker, and parent and spouse to their future family…I am so grateful for every moment living with college students because I did a lot of growing up too.

I grew up alongside many of the students I supervise. They see me in my success, my failures, and love me, despite my messiness. It’s a powerful and HUMBLING experience to have an evolving circle of people who practice forgiveness, love, and encouragement.

But there is also something to be said when it is time to move on. When you’re leaving not because things are miserable, but rather that you are ready for the next chapter. You know, the next era, the next phase that is going to break you down, build you up, all to discover more about who you are, what you like, what you don’t like, and to impact others along the way.

I turn 27 next week and people have always said, “There is nothing to look forward to after 21 or 25”…My friends, that is false. Every year has gotten better. 26 is better than 25. I have more love and energy to give today than yesterday. I am not too old or too young to start over, move forward, or attain whatever it is I am looking for.  I am not too late or too early to treasure loved ones, find love, go back to school, change careers, and/or find a new passion.

It's never too late or too early for any of that. Define your own time. Make your own choices. It's your life, choose to navigate it. 

I have chosen to accept a position in San Francisco. I have chosen to make another home a new adventure. I am choosing to actively love where I’ve been the last 3 years and celebrating life with some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met in Monterey Bay. I’ve never felt more myself or so gratuitous.

Thank you to my students, colleagues, friends, family, and everyone who has supported my journey. You never fail to root for me; I hope to do the same for you in return.

I love you.
2013-2014 Student Team

2014-2015 Student Team
2015-2016 Student Team
The original hive. The homies. The people I wouldn't have survived without here. The people who mentored me. Co-workers, friends, family. I've experienced every type of emotion and thought with this crew. I love you. 

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