I don’t mention the mister that often on the blog – for no other reason then blogging is kind of my thing and he isn’t into social media. However, 365 days ago I celebrated my 20th anniversary & last day with Gap Inc. I left the company thankful for the opportunities, memories, mentors & learnings. I will forever be grateful for the prior & for a company that took a chance on 18 year me. A company that everyday for 2 decades challenged me, invested in me & recognized me.
I vowed to use the last year as a “Gap year” to invest in myself, challenge myself & check some things off my bucket list. I have to say the mister supported me every step of the way. In fact, he often knew me better than I knew myself.
If you followed along with my tag #simplysoutherngirlgapyear you know I’ve done just that! I finished visiting all 50 states (Thanks to the mister for making this happen & even planning a state trip for 3 days after my last day), started grad school (I’ll be done this summer & I’m sure C is counting down the days till I am done with late night studying), traveled abroad (C loved the Normandy trip & didn’t even question when I said I wanted to go on a trip with a fellow blogger & a bunch of strangers we have never met), kicked off a capital campaign as co-chair for @fsualphachiomega ,(C has supported with Time, talent & our treasure) & volunteered with @alphachiomegahq @refugehouseinc & @floridastateuniversity (let’s face it while C isn’t volunteering with these organizations he is supporting them indirectly by supporting me)
365 days later I am thankful for the past year.
For my family, friends, mentors & former customers who continue to cheer me on & for all that lies ahead…
I am also uber thankful for this guy!