The first two days of my adventure have been very full. On Friday, I had a good-bye lunch with some co-workers. I’ve met some great people while living in Delaware and it was very bittersweet saying good-bye to them.
Me and Gina.
Sue and Michelle.
Stacey, Angie, and Donna.
Mike, Cynthia, and Ichelle.
Gina will definitely be someone in the office that I miss a lot. We have very similar senses of humor and are both, obviously, extremely photogenic and image conscience.
Robert, me, and Gina.
The same day, I moved out of my apartment. I think this was my most emotional moment so far, saying good-bye to Apartment 606. I’ve only lived there for two years, but it really felt like the home where I experienced the most personal growth and self-acceptance. It was also the first time I have ever lived alone. It was definitely time to say good-bye, but it was sad knowing I won’t be back to a place that held a lot of special memories.
My teddy bear, Fernando, was ready to say good-bye as well. He’s really excited to move to California. (Fernando is named after my favorite episode of Golden Girls).
And now all of my possessions are packed in my car.
The first day, I drove as far as western Maryland. I stayed for the night in a hotel and left at 6am for Kentucky. I stopped for a bit to catch up with one of my best friends from college, Hilary.
Of course, I also got to see her dog, Disco Stu.
After catching up with Hilary and Stu, I headed to Campbellsville to stay with a friend at a camp operated by the Tim Horton Foundation.
My next destination was Indianapolis to visit my dear friend and former co-worker, Olivia. While I am a big fan of plans, I think some of my favorite moments come from impromptu actions. While driving to Indianapolis, I passed a sign for Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace so I just had to make a detour.
Olivia has filled me up with Thai food and we are watching Pride and Prejudice in our pajamas. This is the perfect low-key evening I need after some full days. I’ll keep updating every step of the way! I’m so grateful for the encouragement I have received from everyone and this trip is made all the more exciting knowing that I have people that are interested in watching my adventures unfold. I hope to continue to offer some fun stories and moments of reflection as I walk through this amazing time.