Blessed to be Stressed

Kristin Ramey
Kristin Ramey

On March 5, 2013, I received a phone call that would completely change the course of the next year of my life. Yes, I had been chosen to become a Sigma Kappa Leadership Consultant! The five months to follow have been filled with so many hellos, to-do lists, training sessions and goodbyes that it’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s finally time to start my journey. Looking back, I can pinpoint the most stressful situations, but who would have thought that the most stressful one would be the night before I left for my first chapter visit- PACKING A 50-POUND SUITCASE.

Unlike the other consultants, I live very close to our summer destinations. Living in Kentucky, I was able to drive to Lisle, Ill. for the District 5 RLC and Indianapolis for our training without any problems.  As you can imagine, this meant that I could pack any and everything into my little red Ford Focus and hit the road (forget about that 50-pound rule). Although I realized that I wouldn’t be able to travel with a 12-pack of diet coke and eight pairs of shoes, it didn’t register in my brain until now.

Standing above my empty suitcase, it’s clear I have a lot of work to do before I’m a packing pro. As I pace back and forth in my bedroom, determining whether my black or nude heels are more important, I realize how silly it is that I’m so worried about such a menial thing when I have this amazing opportunity in front of me.

I’m about to start an adventure that will take me all around the country, working for an organization that has completely changed my life. Although there are times when I’ve been and will be stressed, I’m so lucky to be experiencing this with all of the chapters I’m going to visit and my wonderful consultant team.

Cheers to being stressed but loving every minute of it!

Until next time,


P.S. – After packing my 50-pound suitcase, I realized that I have my two carry-ons as well. It looks like both pairs of heels will be coming with me!

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