Been in DC for almost two months now. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

This morning I was looking at myself in one of the fifteen thousand mirrors in my apartment when all of a sudden I had this realization. I’m HERE! I am a real, full-time, grown up, professional. And not only that I live in DC and on top of that I’m doing the job of my dreams with my all time favorite organization. How did that happen? On my 22nd birthday a few weeks ago some asked how I was feeling in hope of getting me to break out in T-Swift feelin’ 22, but instead I said, “I feel 17!” She was thoroughly disappointed and I was thoroughly concerned.

Here I am a 22 year old college graduate in a brand new city in the job of my dreams and I’m feelin’ 17. But 17 was 5 years ago. Since I was 17 A LOT has happened. I graduated high school, I stopped dancing, I became “queen” of Texas Hillel, I made and lost friends, I had my heart broken, I traveled to 3 countries, I laughed until I cried and cried until I laughed, I found myself and so much more. So many moments experienced and moments made since I was 17 and yet when someone asks how old I am it takes me a minute to remember that I have been on this earth for 22 whole years.

So anyways, I was concerened because my life, the only one I will ever have is flashing before my eyes at the speed of light and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Through all the good, the bad, the ugly, and wonderful I don’t want to forget a moment. I just read this amazing book “Fully Charged” by Tom Rath. In it he says, “If you fail to do meaningful work that makes a difference today the day is gone forever.” For some reason that really stuck with me and I’ve been struggling with it ever since. Finding JOY in the Journey is about doing more than working towards some far off goal and rather creating meaning in every day because before I know it I’m going to be 27 feeling 22!