It’s the start of a new season, and the weather isn’t the only thing changing around here. Summer of 2015 was one for the books, with the best balance of family time, getting together with friends, patios and mom walks, plus a new love for chilled white wine. Hopefully these continue into the fall! Coincidentally, the end of the summer coincided with the end of yet another professional chapter in my life. Turns out, I am not one of those people who falls into their “forever” job right after college. Kudos to those who do!
I’m now into my third week of a new job description, industry and routine – the biggest adjustments being transferring from a 50-person office to one where I’m one of three staff (including the intern!), and no more jeans allowed. But, I’m already getting the hang of leveling up my wardrobe, and turning up my music when no one else is in the office. It’s already clear this was a good move for me. I didn’t expect to be on my third “big girl job” a little more than three years after college graduation, but better to figure out what I want to be when I grow up sooner than later, right? Career advice to my 22-year-old self: trust your gut, but sometimes make sacrifices on your way up the professional ladder.
That was deep. Besides my new career view, a few favorite views from the summer:
Trip to Greece I have summed up our 10-day #sistertrip at the beginning of the month this way: picturesque and exhausting. It was a tricky itinerary to put together, being that Greece has approximately 4,000 islands, but I think we did it right splitting our time between Athens, Crete and Santorini. It was oftentimes a “planes, trains and automobiles” show while lugging our backpacks in the 90+ degree heat, but there was just too much to see to stay put. Everything’s like a postcard! You really have to see it with your own eyes…
Besides the “how was it?” question, I’ve also been asked if there were any signs of the economic crisis. Beforehand, we were warned that ATMs may not work, but never found that to be the case. Smaller bills are appreciated, however. Greece is definitely running on tourism, so in Crete and Santorini the money was freely flowing from visitors from literally all over the world. Unrelated to Greece’s status, though, were the many refugees camping out in a small square near where we stayed in Athens. At the time, fresh off the plane, we didn’t realize these were Syrian immigrants who have made their way across the sea on the ferry to escape the situation there. Now that this topic has finally hit mass media in the U.S., it is a bit surreal (and, ignorant of myself) to have witnessed this with my own eyes and chalked it up to a sketchy area of town. It was an unexpected lesson of the trip.
Tree Farm Sleepover I have stayed close with a group of former coworkers, and a highlight of the summer was having a good old fashioned sleepover at a farmhouse outside of Madison (long story… but it’s not sketchy!). Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city and actually be able to see the stars, and hang out at townie bars. #dreamteam
Fourth of July Festivities While I will always prefer to celebrate Fourth of July in Virginia Beach, this year gave it a run for its money. A friend’s parents were generous enough to let 40+ 20-somethings flop in their yard and basement for the day and into the evening while celebrating America’s birthday. Complete with flip cup down the pier into Lake Winnebago. #Merica
Graduation in Syracuse Not mine. Big sister Annie graduated with her Master’s degree in June. I had not heard great things about the area from others, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved our day trip up to the Canadian border to the Thousand Islands area and a big castle that is really just a cool mansion. I am waiting for the day a question about where this salad dressing comes from is on Jeopardy.