As I've been saying to everyone in my life lately, I'm truly sorry for being so MIA! The month of January became chaotic faster than I could have ever imagined... Work is now consuming my life (and not necessarily in a bad way)! Let me explain:
As soon as we got back from Christmas "break", I worked my last week at LOFT. I was sad to leave the girlfriends I had made there, but fortunately we've already gotten together for one reunion dinner since then, and I'm sure there will be many more! Then I gave myself a week to get organized and run all the errands that had been piling up. Then I started my new job on none other than MLK day!
I was in training along with 30 other New Hires for 2 weeks straight. At the end of the 2 weeks it just so happened that the company's annual sales conference was happening right here in Austin, and we were invited! It was such a fun time to learn more more about the culture of SHI, but it also meant quite a few 15-hour workdays in a row. On top of all that, our keynote speaker at the conference was Aron Ralston, one of my favorite people of all time! His story is told in the movie "127 Hours" (which is absolutely phenomenal, in case you haven't seen it), but I got to hear him LIVE... I even met him and got a photo!
Now that we've entered week 3, my fellow New Hires and I have training classes every morning for a month, and then we sit at our desks every afternoon. It is definitely a period of growth and perseverance as we start to build our own businesses, but it's been great getting to know my new teammates, and pushing myself to be successful alongside them... I'm so excited about this opportunity and feel so thankful to have a job where I am surrounded by encouraging leaders!
Finally, after all that, Andrew and I drive 8.5 hours to Mississippi on Saturday and 8.5 hours back to Austin on Sunday. Why on earth would we do that? Well, because of my dearest friends got married and it was completely worth it just to share in that special day with her! It was also completely worth it to make a little detour and stop by the Duck Dynasty headquarters on the return trip ;)
Now, as long as you all don't give up on me if I don't make it to blog world as often as I used to, I'll be one happy girl. I can't wait to see what February has on store!