No, this is not a post about my five favorite things today. I haven't whipped up a great meal of which I want to take pictures and share (I made a mean spaghetti sauce Friday night but it was definitely not photogenic - I like my meals to be just like me), I have no amazing news to share (I did buy tickets for a weekend trip to Chicago in March, but that's pretty unspectacular), and I will spare you the existential (and emotional) angst I experience every time I think about looking for a job and possibly moving across the country in the next six months.
Instead, here are a list of the five things I've accomplished in my relatively short life that I'm proud of. (And they're in no particular order - that would require too much brain power for a Tuesday.)
1. Breaking up with my college boyfriend. To this day, he is the only man I've ever truly been in love with. Our four year relationship taught me things I will never be able to articulate, and he was my best friend through some of the most trying times of my life. Breaking up was inevitable, given our vastly divergent visions of the future and eventual boredom of one another, but it was gut-wrenching, mind-numbing and courageous. That moment in time propelled to become the woman I am today.
2. Moving to California. I was young and dumb and I would never had done it knowing what I know now. But isn't that the beauty of life? I've been here for almost six years and sometimes I still experience a little culture shock, but making it on my own and discovering so much about myself has been truly invaluable. While I miss my family and friends, sometimes space and time is truly necessary to heal and get proper perspective on things.
3. Being able to keep my job in commercial real estate. My first real corporate job in commercial real estate was amazing. I got a raise, a fancy cubicle, an even fancier wardrobe and some great friends and mentors. I immediately fell in love the with the whole industry and was totally devistated when I was laid off. Having very particular skills in what was a niche market taking a serious hit at the beginning of the Great Recession, I was convinced I was going to have to settle for a job outside the industry. Instead, I landed where I am now, continue to work with great brokers and am constantly learning and networking. While it's not always particularly challenging, it has been a great home for me while I'm in school.
4. Playing kickball. It sounds silly, but joining and eventually captaining a co-ed kickball team changed my life. It forced me out of my comfort zone and threw me into a world of fairly like-minded people who joined together for comroderie, friendship, compeitition and of course drinking. The people I met over those two years are counted amongst my best friends and our relationships have endured far beyond the dirt fields of Venice.
5. Going back to business school. This is a no-brainer. It took me years to get up the courage to tackle this most spectacular of experiences and I'm so glad I did. While I occasionally have regrets about how I went about it, I've met people who have changed my life permanently. Having to juggle school, work and a social life has not only taught me a lot about my own priorities, but what I am capable of and what I want out of life. The challenge isn't over, and while it's completely daunting, I'm amazed I've been able to get this far and am looking forward to what it means for me down the line.