I started 2017 unemployed with Italy on my mind. My contract assignment came to an end on Dec 30, 2016 and I was thrilled and scared at the same time for the unknown. I saw the writing on the wall months before my manager confirmed it. For me it was the life of a contract recruiter and it also meant a much needed break to reset my mind and body. I needed an “Eat, Pray, Love” trip and Italy was the place to do so.
On January 9th at 10 am, I interviewed with the Director of Recruiting and Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, and by 3 pm, I got a call from my recruiter offering me the gig. I was thrilled and the cards couldn’t have aligned perfectly. I told my mom the good news and she wanted to go to Italy too. The next thing I knew, my brother, sister-in-law, sister-in-law’s mom, and my aunt were booked and ready to go on January 19th.
Highlights of Italy:
- Rome – touring the Coliseum, praying at the Vatican, eating authentic Italian food, and roaming the streets
- Florence – Hotel Executive Florence was very luxurious and peaceful
- Pisa – almost getting robbed by gypsies on the bus but the bus driver kicked them out
- Venice – walking around the canals and getting lost getting lost.Visiting the different islands – Murano, Burano and Torcello
Spending time with family and making lifetime memories were the best part of Italy. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed Italy by myself. I couldn’t have asked for the perfect vacation and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Recap of 2017:
- Dad’s 75th Birthday in Alaska – My family and I celebrated my dad’s 75th birthday in an Alaskan cruise. What an incredible milestone it was to see my dad healthy and strong.
- CrossFit – I finally tried CrossFit with the encouragement of my colleague. I lasted 6 months…ok..more like 4 months give and take the recovery time. While I really enjoyed the gym and my coach, the workouts were intense and my knees started acting up which prevented me from truly giving it my all.
- Barre Class – This class is almost as intense as CrossFit without the heavy lifting. The first class I took felt like I ran a half marathon with every muscles of my body aching. I plan to continue in 2018
- Whole30 – I started whole30 and I actually completed the program without cheating. I lost 7 lbs and gained it back during the holidays.
- Contract Ended – My contract gig in university recruiting came to an end on October 31st which made me very sad because I had the best team in the world. We were colleagues but will forever be family. I hope to work with them again in the future.
- New Job – I accepted a contract gig in San Francisco with “start up” which is owned by a giant software company. So far so good. Free lunch Monday – Thursday, pet friendly, and good vibes. The only drawback is the 2 hour commute each way but I’m able to work from home from time to time.
- Friendships – there are certain people that come into your life for a season or a lifetime and I found my pride had gotten in the way and it was time to swallow it and reconnect. We buried the hatchet and continued where we left off.
As I look back at 2017, I am thankful for my family, friends, and life. I am blessed to have an amazing family who is healthy and supportive who surprisingly trust me in planning our vacations.
My circle of friends is small but I know that they have my back for life. They are the ones who listen, give me advice, and tell me the harsh truth to my face. Those are the real friends I cherish that keep it real no matter what the situation is.
My life is wonderful and I couldn’t be happier. 2017 was full of trials and error but I learned from my mistakes and I’ve learned to let go as life is to short to ponder silly things.
My goal in 2018 is simple, to be healthy and happy. To new adventures!