In the last few weeks, I have started to realize that both my time in Arizona and my time as a leadership consultant were quickly ending. At first I ignored this fact and I tried to act as if I was mistaken. But then it started to become real. I began packing items and saying “see you later” to many of women in the Theta Omicron chapter. So when I packed up my last items and physically closed the door on my room in Tempe, that’s when it became real. So as I began to write this blog, I decided it could go one of two ways. I could make it a real sad blog and lament leaving; or I could take time to thank the people in my life that have made my experience so amazing.
To my family and friends, while I know you are not here, I have to mention your support, your love, and your guidance you have given me during this last year.
To my amazing supervisor Brooke and my LC team- you are my soul sisters. And while you too are not here physically- I carry you with me always.
To those who work at National Headquarters- thank you so much. I was grateful to have your insight on issues and ability to give me a fresh perspective on problems! You all rock! I will miss coming to Indy!!
To Stacy and Talah- thank you for your support and mentorship while in Phoenix. Your support to the Theta Omicron chapter is amazing.
To the advisory board- This chapter is lucky to have a strong and dedicated group of advisors like you. Thank you for your service to Sigma Kappa and Theta Omicron.
To the women of the Theta Omicron chapter – thank you.
Thank you for helping me become the woman I am today. I know that I haven’t been perfect, and for those times please know how sorry I am and how I have learned from this.
Thank you for challenging me to think outside the box.
Thank you for welcoming me into your lives.
Thank you for making me laugh and reminding me to take the time to appreciate every moment of being in Sigma Kappa.
And thank you for teaching me what sisterhood means.
I’m flying home on my 67th and final flight as a leadership consultant, and my emotions are alarmingly unbalanced. I am devastated. I am so sorry that the women who have touched me immensely will no longer be a part of my everyday life. That is the collegians, the volunteers, my supervisors and this team. I am really going to miss them, and I know how much they mean to me…which is why I have high hopes that although I may not see them as frequently, we stay in touch for a lifetime.
I am exhausted and relieved. I couldn’t be on the road much longer without breaking [oh wait, I think I already did?]. I feel tired, and I think I look tired too. I want need my own bed, and a clean shower, to see my family and friends on a regular basis, and a normal routine. I need a break.
I am proud. I’m proud of my teammates for making it through this year together. I’m proud of the chapters I have worked with and the success I have seen. I am proud of myself, for growing as a person and stepping out of my comfort zone this year.
I am in disbelief. Will I really wake up tomorrow and not be heading to a new chapter? Do I really not have the obligation to log into my email account and respond to collegian and volunteer questions anymore? Is this my last blog post on this website? Where is my company credit card and work phone?
And lastly, I am excited. I’m looking forward to celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday with him…in person. I can’t wait to head to Europe this summer and explore a completely different culture. I am honestly really looking forward to heading back to school in August, and moving to a new town and finding a home there. I’m excited to continue my involvement with Sigma Kappa as the CPO for our Theta Delta chapter at the University of Delaware. And I know, that although I am sad my time as a leadership consultant is coming to an end, this is only one of many capacities I can serve the organization. A wise woman once told me, Sigma Kappa will always be there. So this is not “goodbye” but more so a “see you soon.”
I am not a leadership consultant anymore. I was though, and it was great.
This year, I have taken up many new habits such as toning my biceps by lifting my 52-pound suitcase, getting recruitment ready in less than 25 minutes, and perfecting the art of daily Instagram posts. However, the habit that I am most proud of, and have benefited the most from, is most certainly running. While I ran in high school, I largely lost my passion for working out all together in college, so I knew that when I hit the road again in August I must do something healthy for myself.
It was during my first spring formal recruitment visit in January at Kappa Iota that I finally realized I really liked to run. I loved the feeling of lacing up my tennies and heading out to explore whatever campus I was at. I loved the private time it gave me to process my thoughts and recenter myself. I loved being able to get outside, breathe the fresh air, and take in the day.
It was during my time running that I was able to get some of my most productive thinking done and ponder the life decisions that faced me at that point in time. I was able to let off some steam in a healthy manner and come back to face the day completely present.
Below are a few of my favorite pictures from my running adventures this semester. Whatever your outlet is, I wish you the same happiness that running has afforded me.
All my love and more, H.
Running though the practice fields at University of Pennsylvania
Locust walk on Penn’s campus that runs straight through the heart of campus. It is also lit up with twinkle lights at night and is incredibly charming!
Running along the bay of Boston was one of the coolest, and coldest, runs I had all semester. Seeing the boats sail in was truly amazing.
This photo I snapped while running on campus at Elon University in North Carolina. The sunshine was exactly what I needed in late January.
This river runs along the town of Ewing where our Kappa Upsilon chapter calls home.
While on personal time in Yuma, AZ my boyfriend and I came across this precious lemon orchard. We stopped to pick a couple!
One of my favorite shots from the semester; Sanford Stadium at UGA. Go Dawgs!
While visiting Beta Tau I was incredibly lucky to soak up some Florida sunshine but also find a great running buddy, Caroline (EVP). She showed me a great trail that runs straight through Gainesville!
Another run while on personal time was in Savannah, GA. I loved running along the river and seeing all the tall palms.
As the end of the year continues to quickly near, I begin to start saying my final goodbyes. Yes, corny, but never did I imagine saying goodbye would be so difficult. The women that I have met have made such a huge impact on me and for that, I will forever be grateful.
Instead of dwelling on the “goodbye” part, I want to say thank you to all of the chapters that I have visited this past year for welcoming me with open arms. These chapters are: Theta Xi at Auburn University, Theta Upsilon at Bowling Green University, Theta Theta at Albright College, Epsilon Beta at the University of New Orleans, and Kappa Phi at Florida Atlantic University.
To my sweet ladies of the Kappa Omicron Chapter at Florida International University, thank you for putting up with me once a month this past year. They are truly a great group of women and I was honored to have the privilege of working with them. Oh, how I will miss them making fun of my southern accent! 😉
As far as Kappa Tau at the University of West Georgia, I still have a little more time with them. It is exciting to have another two weeks with them, but I’m extremely sad to know that my time with them is coming to an end. I do want to congratulate them on winning Greek Chapter of the Year and for having Outstanding Educational Programming for 2012-2013!!!! Words can’t express how incredibly proud I am of the chapter for all of their hard work this past year!!
Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when advisors stress that the collegians are neglecting their school work in hopes of winning GREEK WEEK. It’s the time of year when no matter the letter or council, we all come together in the fraternal movement to let everyone know that Greeks are here to stay.
This year at FAU, the theme for Greek week is Pencils of Promise. Honoring an organization that creates schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all. They work to build schools in underdeveloped countries for the cause of education equality.
The Greek Week teams competed toward this common theme while incorporating their own causes, philanthropies and anti-Greek stereotypes. Sigma Kappa partnered with Pi Kappa Alpha, Triangle and Alpha Nu Omega fraternities. We enjoyed participating in Relay for Life, a team challenge course, penny wars, speaking on the free speech lawn, and the talent show!
Sigma Kappa always knows how to be a great team player while being competitive for our own cause. Stay tuned for the results of FAU’s Greek week!
As I begin to wrap up my work as a leadership consultant, it is hard for me to believe it is nearly over. I started this journey almost a year ago, but for me it seems much longer. The woman I am today is a much different person than the woman I was a year ago. I have conquered challenges and learned strengths I never imagined.
During my time as a LC, I have been pushed outside of my comfort zone. I have had to learn how to survive and adapt to challenges that came my way. Through these lessons, I have learned that I am much stronger than I ever thought I was. I am someone who can take on a dilemma and pick apart my resources. I know now that I can stay calm and handle stress when times are tough.
I have also learned things that I am great at. I am a great listener. I have learned that I can make a connection with just about any person. I have learned that things work themselves out. Many times it isn’t the way I first expected, but I have learned to go with that and accept it.
Now as I move forward, I am grateful to have these lessons because it prepares me for a new beginning. This summer, I will be realizing a dream and moving to Washington, D.C. I am so excited for this opportunity. And while I may be a little scared (Ok, ok. A LOT scared!) I have faith that the lessons I have learned and the strengths I have honed will pay dividends in my future.