AmeriCorps: Do I Stay in Touch With my Team?

It has been over 1 year since my AmeriCorps journey has come to an end (May 2019). I would say that I do a decent job of keeping in touch with 5 of my 8 team members and I talk to 1 fellow team leader on a quarterly basis.

I keep in touch through the app Marco Polo, I write letters, and then there is the occasional FaceTime or Instagram video chat.

I honestly didn’t know whether or not I would develop good enough relationship during my time in the program, but I am glad I did because a lot of high school friends and I grew apart or we don’t see each other as often, so I am grateful for new friends. I also only made one friend in my almost 6 years of college (LOL), so I will take all the extra friends I can get.

This post is a short one, but I wanted to encourage everyone to reach out to those you care about and to keep in touch with people who care about you, too. Write letters, send emails, follow them on social media, and maybe meet up every few months/years. Take a road trip, go camping, or meet up at a restaurant if you are in their areas.

Roomies

My roommates and I are in the same room at the same time for the first time in 5 weeks. This is truly a beautiful moment. I am typing at my computer, the other girl, Rose, is eating her dinner, and Will, the landlord, and fellow roommate, is cooking his own.

Work has been quite slow and I’m having trouble “looking busy”… I have summer deliverables that I can work on, but that’s about it. If I don’t have invoices to pay or transactions to reconcile, there’s minimal work to do.

I hope I am taught more about the operations side of things so that I can help create bundles and send books to schools. That would help fill my time and make the whole process quicker for the store and its clients.

I’m trying to spend more time with my family without spending so much on gas money. Maximizing my visit when I am in an area is something I have improved on. Everyone is now about 30 minutes away from me, whereas before it was 40 minutes- 1 hour.

I have about 1.5 months until school starts and I am still pretty hyped. Also around the same time, I will have 2 humans staying at my place while Dragon Con is happening in the city. That should be a good time.

My sister has officially moved to Jacksonville, FL. She will be starting the City Year program shortly and plans to hang around in Jacksonville afterward as well (if everything goes well).

I have prepped my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow. When I was at my mom’s house yesterday, we cooked 2 meals and split them so that we would both have some of each to eat during this week. I suppose I shall start getting ready for bed now.

June 17, 2019

This past weekend I spent time reconnecting with family and friends. It was a very busy and interaction-filled weekend, but it was definitely worth the exhaustion.

Father’s day was spent at my grandpa’s house. My dad, my stepmom, and I got there early, so we talked, got the food ready, and picked blueberries from the garden until my aunt, uncle, and cousins arrived.

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The day before that I helped my grandpa bake 4 blueberry pies with other blueberries that had been picked a few days prior.

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This week is mostly work and recovering from this weekend. I’ve been trying to meal prep, but I didn’t actually have any time to go grocery shopping, so today’s lunch is puddings and fruit cups. Oh well.

Today, I am getting my hair toned, so I’ll be sure to post those before and after pictures.

4 dogs, 4 cats, 3 fish, 1 bird, and 1 bunny.

I have spent the past few days petsitting for my aunt and uncle and they have A LOT of animals. They have what’s included in the title, but also a frog and a salamander.

This week has involved a lot of driving because their house isn’t that close to where I live. I don’t really mind, though, because I do enjoy driving. Even in Atlanta.

I guess the only part I’m a little annoyed at is that I paid for June’s rent, but I haven’t spent but 1 night at my house and we’re already one week into the month. Oh well.

I’m hoping next week is a little more relaxed. I made zero plans, so my goal is to spend that time finalizing my room and meal prepping for the work week.

Speaking of work, that has been going well. They bumped me up to 30 hours because they’ve been delegating more things from the Sales/Operations side to me, in addition to my own area: Administration. I don’t mind; the day goes by faster when I have lots of things to do.

My highlight of this week is spending time with my favorite dog, Cleo. My grandma’s house is so close to my aunt and uncle’s place, so I’ve been seeing her almost daily.

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A Life Update

I have been back in Georgia for almost 3 weeks now. I am pleased to announce that I have found a part-time job in Decatur, GA and a house (with 2 roommates) in West Atlanta. I am also registered for 5 classes (1 is online) for the upcoming Fall Semester.

In these past 3 weeks, I have felt every emotion known to man. The first week was definitely mostly confusion, boredom, and a feeling of a lack of purpose. The most “productive” thing I did during that week was color my hair. I’m pleased with it.

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I spent the second week visiting with friends, apartment hunting, and applying to many a job. Unfortunately, it was also during this second week that I had my first severe panic attack since I was in high school. It’s been years. Allow me to set the scene:

It was Wednesday, May 15th and I decided to see the new movie, The Hustle, in the next town over. I drove the 20 minutes to the theatre and watched the movie. After the movie, when I got back in my car, I thought I might stop by a nail salon and get my toenails painted for the first time in a year. I looked up the closest one and drove to it. I wasn’t sitting in the large massage chair with my feet in the warm water for but 10 minutes when an old but familiar feeling of panic hit me hard. My legs started to shake and my arms went tingly and my chest got tight. I felt myself begin my “chronic hyperventilation” and I couldn’t get a full breath. I did manage to sit through the pedicure, but the drive home was even worse. What was normally a 20 minute drive turned into an hour. I was on video chat with my Omi (my mother’s mother) because she is quite skilled in breathing techniques and exercises; she’s helped me through many a panic attack before. At one point, I had to pull into a gas station because I just couldn’t function. Eventually, I made it home.

It’s been over two weeks since that day and I’ve done my best to continue life like I did before Wednesday happened, but it’s not been easy. I’m trying new coping skills, preventative measures, and I’m really trying to practice new breathing techniques several times a day so my body can get used to them. The newest and most effective breathing technique and explanation for why it works [that I found] can be found here.┬áIt so simple, but has been really effective for me. Two YouTube videos that have also helped me are ones by Conscious Life Hacks and Harmony Restored.

Since AmeriCorps has ended and I have slowly exposed myself to the “real world” again, I have found myself overwhelmed and somewhat lost. Things and events from my past appeared out of nowhere and I am now having to deal with them head-on. It’s been a little scary and totally nerve-wracking; however, I do feel like things are finally looking up once again and I’m ready to tackle what’s next. Updates to come.