Many people fear change, and at one point, I thought I was afraid of it too. But within a year I’ve learned that the best kind of change happens while you’re not looking.
Exactly a year ago, I had just been laid off from my job, was in an unhealthy relationship and just wasn’t happy. I couldn’t afford to gift very much for the Holiday’s (let alone my own Mother’s 50th Birthday) and I barely spent any time with my horse.
A few days before my Birthday in December, I ended said unhealthy relationship and while I knew it was the right thing to do, the downward spiral somehow continued. Next, I applied for unemployment (something I had never had to do since starting work at the age of 14), continue the endless search for another job and make due with what I could. Then, I walked away from a once valuable friendship (and to this day, I don’t think he realized how much it hurt me). So, I spent about 2 months job hunting, binge watching Netflix shows, crying uncontrollably, and hiding in my apartment. I knew that I had lost myself completely.
Then, January came and I got a call from my previous Executive Director, offering me the position of “Creative Director” at KidsGardening.org (a spin-off/start up of a division of our old company) and of course, I said YES! With this opportunity knocking, I knew things were starting to look up.
Dark times often bring people together, and during this time, I met Krystal. Krystal and I soon learned that we had Line Dancing in common! And with that, we agreed on need to bring this back to Addison County. With hard work, research, practicing and enthusiasm, we launched “Addison County Line Dancers” Line Dancing Lessons in March 2016 with an astounding attendance of 143 people for our first class!
With time, patience, a fighting side and a line dance (or two), I began to find myself again. My confidence was growing, my heart was happier and I was finally able to put all of the pain of the past behind me.
And now, a year later, my life has completely changed for the better! I am the proud co-owner and instructor at “Addison County Line Dancers”. I’ve continued my work and career as the Creative Director at KidsGardening.org. I ride my horse as often as I can and enjoy every moment I spend at the barn. I’m in a healthy and loving relationship, with a wonderful man (Ben Huestis, I’m braggin’ about you honey). And I am grateful for the friends that stuck by my side last year, when things weren’t so bright.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS YEAR, I AM THANKFUL FOR CHANGE!