big life changes

Delray Beach! From my BlackBerry
We've safely made it home from Florida. It was a wonderful time, and over the next week I will most certainly be updating with the great things that we did. It involved a lot of food. And naps. Great naps.

But there are some big life changes going on right now. A few weeks ago, I put in my notice at Gap. I've been growing more and more tired, emotionally and physically. Working 7 days a week was hard. Really hard. So after nearly four years (whoa) with the company, I decided it was time to part ways. I love everything about the Gap, and I learned so much about myself by being an employee there. Sunday is my last day, and it's almost bittersweet. The company's been good to me. But it's time to move on.

The boyfriend got a new job. He starts on Monday. It's glorious. I'm so happy for him. He's happy, and he likes the work. Much more than his current job. Things are looking up.

Unfortunately, I came home from vacation to some sad news; someone I went to college with died on Thursday morning. Someone I worked with for three years. Someone I knew for four years. Did I consider him my friend? No, not really. But was it someone who had an impact on my time in school. The circumstances are disheartening, and I feel like I've talked about that enough with my friends. But my friend Erica said this last night to me:
"We can't bring him back by obsessing over the why factor. We can only take the things we have learned from him and apply them to our everyday lives."
And when she told me that, I sat back and thought, 'Well shit. She's right.' Truer words could not have been spoken. So we move forward. We pick up the pieces. We do not forget, but we continue our lives trying to be better people.

Tell people you love that you love them.
Please.

5 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your friend, Alex. It's OK to ask "why?" as long as you know there's not a satisfying answer that goes along with it.

    Congrats on your quitting job and congrats on Craig's job.

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  2. wow. So many different emotions in this post. Firstly, I'm sorry to hear about such a sad event, but within the ugly there is always something beautiful to be found. Maybe that is your friend's words...

    Congrats on taking a stand, however, and , moving forward with something else in your life! I am so excited for you with all of the possibilities in front of you :) Embrace this time of re-discovery!

    All the best,
    Your friend.. Christine

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  3. I am so sorry to hear about your friend.

    I hope all of the changes in terms of jobs and opportunities for you and your bf are positive--I'm sure great things are on the horizon for you both! :)

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  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you're doing alright. I lost two people who I used to work with in a couple of months. One was hit by a drunk driver and the other was kidnapped and killed. It's horrible and I can't believe people could do that. I am so glad your boyfriend got a new job! That's wonderful news :)

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  5. I'm so sorry about the loss, even if we don't people too well it affects us - as it should.

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