This past week I have encountered a lot of 1 year markers in my life. 1 year since I left my first ‘real’ job. 1 year since I moved back to St. Louis. 1 year since I started my job with SSE. 1 year since I moved back home with my parents (even though I was only there for a few months). ONE YEAR ALREADY?!? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? I’ve been reflecting on all that I’ve learned and encountered during the last year and would like to share those thoughts with you.
1 year after leaving my first ‘real’ job: I loved my first job out of school (managing an apartment complex) because it was fun, it was what I had been doing part-time during school for 2 years already, and I loved my co-workers. All 5 of them. I am so thankful that my boss believed in me, supported my ideas, and wanted me to move on to bigger and better things. She was so supportive during my job search and I wish I could have taken her to my new job with me! Even though I was ready for a change and a job not in the customer service realm (I love helping people but was ready to not have someone yell/get upset/complain/whine in my office daily) I was so nervous to leave. I had become so comfortable there sitting behind my desk and going through my routines, but it was time to move on.
1 year after moving back to St. Louis: I never thought that I would wind up back in the STL. In fact, I had told myself (and many other people) that I would never ever never ever ever want to move back here. Ever. I had been interviewing for jobs in a few different places (here, Omaha, Dallas) and St. Louis was just the best choice at the time job-wise. And it didn’t hurt that my parents live here, too. But 1 year later, I am so happy that I ended up back here! Maybe it’s just that I’m older now, but St. Louis has really grown a lot since I was in high school and I love this city. I love exploring here, I love eating from food trucks in Tower Grove Park, I love all the free things to do in Forest Park, I love going to brunch in Clayton, I love jogging in Creve Coeur Park, I love walking around the Central West End, I love it all! I always enjoy going back to Springfield to visit, but I am so happy that I now call St. Louis my home.
1 year after starting at SSE: As mentioned above, I was really nervous to start this new job. Thankfully I had my best friend to welcome me to the company (she got me the job and still sits in the cubicle next to mine!) but other than that, I was terrified. I had never really done any real-world editing outside of school. What if it was totally different? What if they thought that I was a bad hiring choice? What if I didn’t get along with new my co-workers? All of those worries went away after my first day on the job. I have learned so much over the last year, gotten so much experience under my belt, worked on multiple projects, met so many funny and interesting workmates, and eaten so much food at our frequent pot luck lunches. Yes I work in a basement with no cell service, and yes I am one of the last people in the office when I roll in at 6:30am, but I have thoroughly enjoyed myself every day for the last year and I’m so thankful that this is the door that God opened up for me.
1 year after moving back home with my parents: My parents rock. Not only were they extremely supportive while I was stressing out searching for a job, but they were SO helpful during my move. My mom came down to help me pack and clean (more than once) and instead of me rushing to find a place to live (that inevitably would have led to me getting murdered in a sketchy part of town) they let me move back home while I got settled. Rent free. Again, they rock. It took a few weeks to get a good routine down and get used to the hour commute to and from work each day, but I loved getting to spend so much time with my parents. It was really neat getting to be with them daily now that I’m an adult- turns out my parents are pretty fun after all. I got to do lots of crafting with my mom, watch good movies with my dad, and just enjoy their company. I’ve since moved out on my own, but I really enjoyed getting to know my parents in a new way.
Ok so that turned into a novel, but I just feel like I’ve already learned and experienced so much in the last year- I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store!