I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions or treat the beginning of the year as a fresh, clean start. Even this year I joked that my resolution for 2019 is to learn all the words to “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy (okay, it’s not really a joke). To be honest I just can’t bring myself to make empty promises about drinking less, eating healthier, or being a gym rat. However, December and January always get me thinking about the year that has just passed. And 2018 was quite the year for me.
I drove across the country and moved to California (see previous blogs for that full story, you won’t regret it). I started travel nursing at one of the top children’s hospitals in the world and made countless friends. It really was a life-changing experience. It wasn’t the first time that I had been living on my own, but it was certainly the first time that I was living across the country without any family. Moving to California pushed me beyond my comfort zone and forced me to try new things. It also allowed me to go to the beach pretty much every day that I wasn’t working, which made my soul incredibly happy.
La Jolla Cove, San Diego, CA | Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA
As I got comfortable with LA life, I began to explore more of what it had to offer (besides the beaches). I walked down Rodeo Drive and visited the famous Beverly Hills sign. I sat in a lot of traffic on the 405. Most importantly I really felt like I made the right decision. Not every day was easy living across the country from pretty much everyone I knew and loved, but it felt amazing to be pursuing one of my dreams. I also felt relieved that I wouldn’t look back and regret not traveling. And despite all odds I found a Boston bar in Santa Monica and even friends who liked the Patriots…even though they lost in the Super Bowl.
Beverly Hills, CA | Santa Monica, CA | Sonny Mclean’s, Santa Monica, CA
In March I finally hiked to the Hollywood sign, which I’m assuming is a rite of passage for people living in LA. I also decided that my favorite part of LA was finding new places to eat (RIP to my wallet and any sense of eating healthy). I continued my work at CHLA and made lifelong friends with some of the most amazing nurses I have ever met. I don’t know if it was the daily sunshine or the almost daily beach trips, but living in LA made me feel like there was no such thing as a bad day.
Hollywood sign, Hollywood, CA | CHLA with the best nursing crew | Sunny day in LA
After thirteen weeks flew by, I completed my first travel nursing assignment. Luckily I didn’t have to go far for my next assignment, just a few floors down to the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In April, I took a local trip to Palm Springs for a quiet weekend away. I was thinking spas, pools, and sunshine. Little did I know the weekend I chose for my getaway was Stagecoach weekend (think Coachella with country artists). Basically my relaxing trip turned into a few days of pool parties. Not the worst thing in the world, and it was really cool to visit a new West Coast destination.
Palm Springs, CA
April also brought me a chance to see one of my best friends, Karina. Her and her sister, Viv, let me crash their family Easter, and reminded me how lucky I am to have friends all over the country.
Easter 2018 in San Diego, CA
Going through my May pictures made me realize how busy and fun the month was. Some highlights include: beach trip to Malibu, CA, driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, my first LA Dodgers game, a visit from Marissa and Mike, seeing the flower fields of Carlsbad, CA, hiking Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA), and VEGAS BABY.
Malibu, CA | Carlsbad, CA | Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA | LA Dodgers game
Somewhere in the first few months of the year I was planning out the next few years, and I realized what I wanted to do most (besides retire and travel the world) was start grad school. So what was I waiting for? In March, two days before the application deadline, I submit my application. Flash forward to June…I was accepted to the Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Northeastern University.
June was another busy month for me full of traveling. In between work I visited: Napa Valley, San Francisco, Disneyland, San Diego Zoo, and Laguna Beach.
Napa Valley, CA | Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA | Disneyland
If you’re still reading, thanks! Stay tuned to hear about the rest of my year…