This year has taught me that happiness doesn't have just one address. I've spent the last 365 days on an incredible adventure; living on my own and outside of New Hampshire for the first time in my life. As terrifying as it was at times, and as tough as it was being 1000 miles away from my tribe, I am SO lucky to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity. My family, boyfriend, and friends supported me and encouraged me to take this leap - and I cannot express how grateful I am for that. I am excited to be heading back home with my people and stating my next adventure. I left part of my heart in NH when I moved, and I'm leaving part here in NC as I go home. •
Charlotte is an amazing city. I will miss skyline at night, the many sunrises I witnessed, the hospitality, the buscuits... I'll miss the coaches at @orangetheorycharlotte for taking me under their wing during my stay here, pushing me to be better than yesterday and find that badass they knew was inside of me. Those extra pushes and challenges made me stronger, and I'm lucky to have spent the last year being coached by all of you! It feels like I'm leaving behind not just coaches, but family. •
To the wonderful, truly wonderful friends that I've made on this journey - thank you for making Charlotte feel like home. I've made some amazing memories and some friends that I know will be with me for life, no matter the distance. I am so happy that our paths crossed - ya'll are beautiful souls and knowing you has changed my life for the better. From hilarious uber rides to 95 degree runs for beer I couldn't even drink, to karaoke and acai bowls... these are just some of the moments I will cherish forever. It breaks my heart to think about saying goodbye, so I won't. I'll say see you later. "I will see you again, this is not how it ends. I will carry you with me, til I see you again."
This feeling, my last day in Charlotte, it's bittersweet. My heart is heavy...but that is the price we pay for the richness of knowing and loving people in more than one place. •
Charlotte, thanks for the beautiful memories. I'll be back. New Hampshire, buckle up...I'm coming for you!