Can you believe 2014 is almost over? This was a pretty big year for me. First of all, it was my first full year living in North Carolina. As expected, I still love it down here and don't want to move anywhere else for now. The success I've found here professionally is more than I had dared to hope for, and that makes me feel pretty awesome. I guess you could say that, in a way, the beautiful city of Raleigh and its suburbs have brought to life a whole new me. Also, one of my best friends got married, so I went on an awesome road trip adventure to Missouri to be in a pretty legendary wedding. Summer brought about a sudden and wonderful job change. Fall gave me two terrific weeks of travel, one business trip and one personal trip to visit my family and my best friend in Ohio...and help her plan her wedding! I do have a wonderful life and a lot of great people in it. Here are just a couple of my main focus points as I reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year.
The biggest thing I'm proud of in 2014 is my career growth. I had never tried sales before I moved here, and what I discovered is a wonderful, independent, thrilling, and challenging career with endless potential. I started out 2014 at Hendrick Automotive Group, hustling new and preowned vehicles. While that was a really fun job, the long hours wore me out and I was too tired to have a real life outside of work. Fortunately, about halfway through the year, I worked a car deal for a sales manager of a major pest control company. I must have been impressive, because I had a job offer a couple days later. Since I switched to outside sales, my life is a constant adventure and I think I've finally found my niche in life. I've even achieved #1 status in my region for sales volume, which is impressive because I'm still the rookie.
The other thing I'm proud of in 2014 is that I've been brave enough to try again for the kind of personal life and future I want. It's hard to start dating again after going through the rough divorce-type breakup I did a couple years ago. It's even harder when you finally get brave enough to actually love someone again, and then they break your heart too. My poor heart has been through a lot, yet it still beats and still tries. My hope in 2015 is that I'll get back to that place where I can truly trust someone to not hurt me, and let down my protective walls. And, of course, my other hope is that my trust will not be misplaced this time.
Going into 2015, I have just one major goal that spans my entire life: I must stay strong no matter what. I must remember that life is going to suck sometimes and people are going to suck too, but I'll be ok as long as I never lose who I am, this strong capable person who has made it through the years on her own hard work.
Thanks for reading! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!