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It’s the 4th of July and I’m working.

I’m not just working a normal 8-5 day though. I’m working some crazy hours at a volleyball tournament… and I have been for a week…do these tournaments end? Does sleep still exist?

This event has been one wild ride (long days, broken equipment, canceled plane rides, bacteria infections), but as I sit here today in my live-streaming lift, above the crowd, I realize how absolutely amazing this entire experience is. I am traveling the country with my job and I’m only twenty-three. How exciting is that? And the great part is I love what I am doing. Now, there are times when I’m so frustrated I have to dig deep to get out of bed and go to work, but I can honestly say in every bad day there have been good parts.

The people I work with are a constant good part, constantly challenging me to grow and learn. I am living out a dream and sometimes I simply can’t believe it. I keep trying to figure out how I got here and I simply can’t believe the bad things that had to happen to make this dream come true. Everyday I wake up I know that I am going to be around people that make me laugh and that believe in my talents. How amazing is that?

I woke up today and checked my social media outlets, my only connection that let’s me know there is life outside of volleyball, and everyone back in Florida has pictures up of the beach and boats they are spending their 4th on. At first, I was jealous (not of the beach or the boats), but of having the day off  and then I realized this:

USAV LifeI am here and while I can’t say I will ever come to Reno by choice I can say I love that I am here to celebrate my 4th of July.

I have never wanted a “normal” life and this whole experience is anything but normal.

Today I am smiling… even though I am about to fall over with exhaustion… because I am exactly where I am supposed to be.