And just like that, my first travel contract has ended and I am now enjoying a little break on the East Coast before diving in to contract number two. So let’s chat.
I didn’t know what I was getting myself in to.. starting something so brand new and foreign to me was terrifying. It was something that I knew needed to happen – I was just in a place in my life where I felt stuck; I was in a rut and needed a change. But all of that didn’t make it less terrifying. Picking up and leaving behind everything that you know: your routine, your best friends, your family, your work, your comfort… That was the hardest thing. Leaving everything behind. But I knew that if I didn’t do it, I would always wonder, what am I missing out on?
So I told my self: Self. It’s only three months. You can do anything for three months. If you hate it, home will always be there. So I went. And I am so happy that I did.
Fortunately, I was blessed with a great first contract. My coworkers were great, I got an actual orientation (that I actually asked if I could get less and get on the floors), the nurses were more than welcoming and became great friends, and I really just enjoyed my time there. The hospital was smaller which made for easier orientation, given that I was used to hospitals twice it’s size. It definitely had it’s challenges, as any new job does. Figuring out each doctor’s protocols and what papers each post-op patient needs and how to decipher the orders in the computer system and getting to know the nurses so that they know me and know when to ask for me. All of that became easier over time but it took some adjusting – and even my last week I was learning things that I didn’t know I was supposed to be doing the entire time…. whoops.
Having a good place to work definitely made my adjustment to the travel life a bit easier. Another thing that helped was making two great friends from the start of my contract.
These two made the last three months so much better. I was terrified of not making friends and not finding anyone that I wanted to hang out with, and was so blessed to find these two via social media.
Whether we were exploring somewhere with just two of us, or all three of us were able to get together, we were always having a great time.
Making this move across country was one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s been hard – it’s never easy to see your friends thousands of miles away doing things together or only seeing your brand new nephew via social media cause you haven’t had the chance to meet him yet. But, mentally, I’m in a really good place right now. I’m learning more about myself than I ever knew. I’m putting myself in uncomfortable situations and surviving. I’m exploring new-to-me places and getting to experience adventure that I never would have been able to experience. I’m making life-long friends in places I never thought I would ever be.
I’m living my best life, the best way I know how – exploring, adventuring, taking risks, letting loose.
Never stop exploring.
So my adventure continues now… After spending some time here on the East coast, visiting friends and family, I’ll be flying back to Oregon, grabbing my car that’s packed with my entire life – and driving down the coast to my next adventure: Fresno, California.