My first job gave me 15 + of the greatest, new best friends I could have ever dreamed of. If you had told me this time last year that I would be taking trips across the nation to visit my co-workers and celebrate their weddings, I would think you are crazy. I mean it’s not THIS normal to be so close with all of your co-workers right?? Dang do I feel lucky.

The past two weeks I had the pleasure of traveling to Charleston, SC and Louisville, KY to spend time celebrating life with the greatest of friends.

Charleston

18446733_10213192887119123_3948714958932021089_nKJ Daley, my sweet ray of sunshine, got married two weeks ago in Charleston. About 12 of us Chi Omega employees came flying in from across the nation to celebrate her. We all stayed in a massive Air B n B and experienced the widest array of Uber driver personalities you could ever think of. We ate yummy Southern cookin and danced the nights away. It was the most perfect vacation I could have asked for.

Nothing is better than celebrating a beautiful marriage alongside your best friends. It is such a joyful occasion and always gives me hope and excitement for what is to (hopefully) come for me and all my other single ladies. KJ is the most faithful friend you could ask for, and it was such a joy to get to support her as she began her life with Austin.

The last day I was in Charleston, my girl Div and I pretty much spent the whole day together just us18527420_10154621126711586_993903960169657461_o two since everyone else had left. We were sitting on the dock by the water and thinking about how much has changed in our lives this year and all the ways we’ve grown. It is tremendous when we really thought about it — how God can change so many things about your life in a matter of 12 months. It is beautiful and awesome and challenging, and I will never go back to playing it “safe” ever again.

 

KJ and Austin, I love you SO much and am overjoyed I got to celebrate you in one of the greatest cities with the greatest friends.

Louisville

Wait…WHY are you going to Louisville again?

For a vacation to see my friends!

Oh….okay.

This was the conversation I shared with nearly everyone who asked me why I was going to Kentucky. People thought I was super weird for taking a trip to Kentucky just to visit my friends that I never get to see. But, to me, it was 100% worth it. When you only get to see your co-workers/best friends twice a year, you prioritize whatever it takes to spend just a little more time with them.

My girl Dani and I visited our friends Jenna, Elaine, and Katie who all hail from the great state of Kentucky. I didn’t know a single thing about Kentucky until this year, and then, all of a sudden I started working with three women from this place! Funny how places and people can just enter your life like that sometimes.

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Never have I seen more horses in my life than I did during my few days in Kentucky. We explored Lexington and Louisville, and even walked across the bridge to Indiana one afternoon. The grass is super green and there are horse barns that look like mansions.

But the best part of this trip was simply the time I got to spend with my friends. Again, when you don’t see your co-workers every day, the time you do get to spend with them is so precious. 18582553_10155346825524836_6363573789704431325_n

I’m so thankful that this job has given me a whole new perspective and appreciation for friendships. This job has provided me with more relationships than I ever thought possible. It has taught me to not take them for granted and to be absolutely present when I am with my people. Time is precious currency, and I am grateful for the friends God has put in my life in the past 12 months that have shown me what a gift time with friends is.

 

When I was in Charleston, I picked up this book called Joy that is filled with impactful quotes. This one really struck me and sums up how I have been striving to view my precious time with my people. Here’s to more minutes and more joy to come!

Resolved, that I will take each precious minute, and relish all the joy within it.

~Kathleen Rice

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