During the month of November I always like to reflect on the things I’ve been blessed with throughout the year and what I am thankful for. Most of all, I try to take the time to thank the people that got me to where I am today. In today’s world, we are always on the go and sometimes you get too caught up in the present to ever take a second to reflect and think, “Hey, I should really show some love and appreciation to ____.” So my blog post this time around goes out to all of these amazing people that have helped me get through my first semester as a full-time traveling leadership consultant.
To my Mom, Dad, Stepmom, brother and grandparents:
Thank you for still loving and supporting me even if I forget to call every day or every few days. I know that when you call and I typically say, “Sorry, I’m in a meeting!” or “Can’t answer, in a chapter event.” it really does effect you but I appreciate you calling anyways. I miss you all very much when I’m on the road and even if I don’t call, it doesn’t mean that you’re not on my mind. Thank you for supporting me for pursuing my dream and for being a leadership consultant for two years. Not all families would be so supportive of their daughter being so involved in their sorority, much less joining one, but since day one you all have been my number one fans. No matter how far I am, you all are always my true home.
To my significant other, Richard:
Thank you for loving me and supporting me despite our current long distance relationship. We’ve spent the same amount of time together as we have been a part, but you still are by my side encouraging me to be the best leadership consultant I can be. When I’m down and miss you, you remind me of my purpose and my passion. You always cheer me up after a long day of officer meetings and events, and take an interest in Sigma Kappa and my job. I don’t know if I can thank you enough for being such an amazing partner and for always pushing me to chase my dreams, even if it means being a part for months at a time. You truly don’t get enough credit for being an incredible man, friend, and partner but I do hope this post at least does you a bit of justice. Love you!
To my littles and best friends back home:
Thank you for truly being patient while I’m gone and always reminding me of who I am. Even when I do visit Miami for a day or two, whether I get to see you all or not, you are patient and understanding of my limited time. Sure you all weren’t SUPER excited when I dropped the news of being a leadership consultant again, but in the end you all knew that this job is what I love and have supported me through and through. You all remind me of my roots and are the reason I am who I am today. So thank you for still loving me despite missing your birthdays, Big/Little events, Homecoming games, and everything in between. Thank you now, then, and always.
To my supervisors and leadership consultant team:
Thank you to my supervisor for our one on one meetings every other week that remind me to put myself first from time to time. For always listening to me when I need it and for the fun reflection questions that get me thinking about the bigger pictures. And honestly, for doing what you do day in and out – I mean it’s not easy to manage 17 leadership consultants on top of everything else you do! I can’t thank you both for being great role models and being a resource for us as LCs. And a thank you to my team for keeping me grounded while out on the road and reiterating that I’m not as alone as it may seem. You all continue to keep this job fun and exciting, and remind me that aside from building connections with so many different chapter women, I build upon our friendships as teammates too. I love the FaceTime dates, the random texts at night, and taking vacations together. It feels like you all were my family long before I ever knew you, and I can’t show my gratitude for that any more than I have now.
To all the chapters I’ve visited in Fall 2016:
If I listed you all out, this blog would be quite long so you all know who you are. Thank you so very much for taking me in and welcoming me into your homes and chapters. I know that visits can be exciting or maybe even nerve wrecking, but trust me it is just as much the same feelings for us. When I hit the road in August as a full-time traveler, I was so worried that I wouldn’t be welcomed and would feel so alone. Each one of you made me feel the opposite of this. Whether it was a visit for 10 days or a visit of 4 days, each one of you allowed me to get to know you and try to make a difference. Because of you all, I’ve seen so many amazing places and tried so many new things, but most of all I’ve been reaffirmed of my passion for student affairs. My only hope for each of you is that I was able to make even a fraction of a difference as you all have to me. Thank you so very much.
Last but not least, to the Zeta Phi Chapter, Rutgers University:
I know it’s been a crazy semester and having a leadership consultant visit once a month is something new. However, I couldn’t write a blog post about thanking people who have helped shape me this semester without mentioning you all. Thank you for trusting me to guide your officers to reach new heights. Thank you for letting me get to know you all with each visit and allowing me to share my SK story. Thank you for making the “Sigma Kappa Villa” my home each month after several weeks of jumping from airport to airport. Thank you for the countless “firsts” like apple cider, Wawa, and my favorite açaí bowls from Playa Bowl. To the 2016 officers, thank you for taking the time to meet with me and be willing to make a difference for your chapter no matter the circumstance. I could thank you all for so many more things but I’ll save that for another day…
All in all, I’ve been blessed with amazing people that deserve my thanks every single day. Take today to reflect and show appreciation to your amazing people, too.