5 months into my 30th year and it’s been quite the ride.  I’ve been generally distracted from blogging given some of my crappy prioritization.  Mental note to self, need to get priorities locked down by the end of the year.

I traveled to Italy to kick off the first few days of 30. I ate ridiculously well, got a sweet tan, met some people, and just existed in an incredible new culture. I cannot say how much I loved Positano and Trasteverre. I’m already dying to go back.

Once my travels settled down for a bit, I refocused on work. I got sent to new senior manager training which was an experience in more ways than one. Firstly, it was in Vegas. So there’s that. Secondly, it was heavily cross functional and I dealt with more consultants than I’d probably care to. If I ever need to take a note on selling myself, I’ll have to make a lunch appointment with a man in our consulting practice.  I came home feeling pretty deflated, questioning my own ability to sell, chauvinism in the workplace (and the whole country while we’re on the topic), and proving my own worth. That was back in December and I can still feel that pit in my stomach when I think about it.

More recently I’ve had some highs and lows in family life. My wonderful grandma passed away after a few years of declining quality of life. It’s something that I felt I didn’t have a lot of time to make peace with and I still catch myself getting choked up if I talk about it. I recently went to a funeral mass for my mentor’s mother’s funeral and I was weirdo in the back of the church bawling my eyes out.  It’s amazing how personal grief can creep up on you at the worst moments.

On the brighter note, my cousin Beth had her baby. It’s the first of our cousins to go through that life experience. There were some complications, but he came out early in a blaze of glory.  Quite the extraordinary feat considering the lateness than runs in the family. His grandma would have loved that. Aly, Beth’s sister, is currently in York visiting the little man. I get daily pictures and videos and feel like I love this kid more and more everyday. Family love, what a thing! I haven’t even met this little dude and I can feel him pulling my heart strings all the way across the ocean. I’m so looking forward to going out to England in April to see Beth, Carl, and this little peach..

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