Monday, January 16, 2012


2011 was a bit of a crazy year for me.
I went to visit my best friend in Florida, then took an almost five month journey to Hawaii. After returning home to stay briefly at my parents house, I moved into a house with my two friends. I tried out a full time job position in sales, but it had no benefits and a very low pay, so I amicably left.

Then I got a seasonal position at a wonderful job and met fantastic people. A few days ago, that position ended, which leaves me a bit sad, but I was satisfied with the way my performance was rated.

Between working 30 to even 50 hour work weeks and driving back and fourth to my job, Brother's, my parents (which is over an hour drive now) and friends, I'll admit that I was too exhausted to keep up with my blog and it became pretty neglected. My 2012 resolution is to get back to writing again. What I've learned is that, even though I still fear the unknown, you never know what's around the corner, including good things.

I'm keeping up with my traveling vow. This time will be a little more low key (as in, not a 5 month long journey). First, I'll be stopping in Orlando to visit the bestie. Then, I'll be going on a trip to Key West
and the Bahamas.

A few changes will be different this time around. When I was on the phone discussing my plans with family, (more or less going "Wouldn't it be cool to do something like that again?") They said "Well, why not?" My stepmom will be my traveling buddy this time around. I think it's because she didn't like the idea of my driving to see a landmark or taking a road trip by myself. I don't mind though. One thing I learned last year is that I am okay with being by myself or with people. We leave February 4th. I think my family has seen how tense I've been lately. I'm glad I have them around reassuring me, telling me I can do it, championing me, and simply making me feel better. I hope I do the same for them.

I've been coming to terms with a lot of things lately, including that my CP and scoliosis may be affecting me a bit more as I age, and that I simply can't do everything I thought I could do. They've all been a big support in helping me come to terms with that.

"Katie, if you didn't have the challenges that you do, you wouldn't be the same person. It's part of who you are." said my dad.

I think he's right.


  1. So glad to see you back! It is so cool that you are planning to travel again. It sounds like things are going really well for you and that makes me glad.

  2. It seems like we have a few things in common.

    1. We are both picky eaters.
    2. We both have scoliosis.
    3. Our scoliosis is catching up to both of us.
    4. We are scared of the unknown.
    5. We both have resolutions to start writing more.

    Go us! And...Florida sounds like a very nice place to visit.

    1. ...oh, and I'm jealous you're going to the Bahamas.

  3. Wow, Miss Independent :) Your holidays sound amazing - well done for travelling! I am so excited about my trip to the UK and USA :)
    Like you I have had to learn my limits, and sometimes just take some time out to rest and recuperate.

  4. Thanks for reading Carly! (I didn't even see this comment until now. Hah.)