Today was my last AmeriCorps member meeting. I got to hug, laugh, and share some moments with my members. Y'all, I bawled my eyes out like you have never seen (unless you've seen me cry, it ain't pretty). It was such a surreal moment to stand before my members who have become my family, and let them go. I will always hold them in my heart but my gosh, I really felt like I was setting them free. Mind you, these members range from the age of 18-34 and we have one 70 year old. Love them to pieces!
This was also exceptionally hard because it has made MY move sooo much more real. I am moving!!!! I have signed the papers!! In August, I will once again be leaving my beloved Northwest Arkansas. For someone who doesn't like change, I sure am one to jump on the wagon once it comes. I don't have the words to express how much I have loved my incredible job or living with my family. I'm a momma's girl and daddy's girl so leaving them (again) makes me so sad. The good thing is that I'm only 4 hours away and I get summers off. So mom and dad, y'all aren't getting rid of me just yet ;). I'm in tears as I write this because I am closing a wonderful (and incredibly challenging) chapter in my book. These last 3 years I have: graduated from college (BYUI!), had a baby, survived a devastating heartbreak, started over, and worked this fantastic job all while being surrounded by so much love. Time really does heal all wounds, even when it doesn't really give us a choice because moving on is the best thing. I'm stronger, wiser, and more in control of who I am and who I want to become. Quarter life crisis hasn't been a complete sham!
I am a lucky girl.