Monday, January 21, 2008

Here I come Albania!

I GOT MY INVITE TODAY!!! I will be leaving on March 20th for staging and leaving on the 23rd for Albania!!! I will be doing community development as mentioned before. I'm so excited!!! I freaked out when I saw the FedEx package in front of my front door. I keep reading all the stuff that sent me. I get to fill out a whole bunch of new paperwork, write a whole bunch more stuff and start stressing over what I need and what I don't! I have less than 2 months to prepare myself and I know the time is going to fly!


Well I guess that's really all for now. I'll post more info as I get it!

Leslie :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Finally! Medical clearance has come!

Oh. My. God. I finally have medical clearance! It has been a long time since I thought this day would come! All the things I have had to do has been crazy! I'm so happy that I finally have it. I only know because my toolkit was updated. How crazy is that? No more bold HOLD! on my toolkit. Now I just have to wait for an invite.

It has been over 5 months since I went to my interview for the Peace Corps and was told I was going to be nominated for Community Development in Eastern Europe leaving in March of '08. That seemed so far away then and I can't believe it's the middle of January and I still don't know when and where I'm going. This process has just aggravated me and pushed me to the point of asking if this is really what I want to do. Even though I had to go back to the doctor over 5 times to get something that was missed or needed more information, even though I had to go all the way to Chicago to get a medical file for something that happened a long time ago, and even though I had to go the dentist 4 times, I can say.......... yes. This is the one thing that feels right right now in my life. Even though it drives me crazy and I'm anxious as all heck, I know this is what I am supposed to do.

I feel like this first part has been so drown out and long that the next part will be a whirlwind. I expect I will receive an invitation within the next month. However, if I am still leaving in March that means as soon as I get my invite I could be leaving weeks later for staging. It will be crazy but extremely fun! I'm finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel as it were. I can't wait to see what's on the other side waiting for me.

For anyone out there who is reading this who is going through the medical part of this whole process, hang in there. I know how challenging it is. Just remember to be as thorough as you can be and don't leave anything out. It's like the Peace Corps says, "Now is a good time to practice skills you will need during your volunteer service, patience and flexibility." So hang in there guys. Hopefully you will be as excited as I am now in a few weeks :)


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Looking to the Future

Happy New Year's!!!! I hope everyone had a great night last night and that everyone's 2008 is an amazing one! I always like looking back at the past year but even more so looking towards the future. It seems as though I have a lot to look back on and a lot to look forward too. So here's a little look at 2007 and a glimpse into my hopes for 2008.

-I started the year off with a hopeful heart hoping that my year in love would be better..... that didn't happen. I met some amazing people but none of them were what I was looking for.
-I traveled. Lets see..... I went to Texas, New Orleans, and Arizona.
-I finished my Bachelors' in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Management at Robert Morris College in Chicago.
-I looked into many different options for after graduation. Teaching in Japan, working in Austrailia, staying in Chicago, being happy in Milwaukee....... just to name a few.
-I decided to apply for the Peace Corps. Not only will this be my opportunity to give back to the worldwide community it will be my chance to do things that I love to do. I will learn a new language, surround myself with a new culture, travel, and I will get to make people smile.
-I had an amazing experience working at The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and learning all the different aspects of the lodging industry.
-I get to work with children now and watch as they learn to swim and see how proud they are of themselves when they learn something new.
-I turned 21. I think that's all I really need to say about that :)

-I am enjoying spending time with my friends and family while working 3 different jobs.
-I am excited and anxious at finding out where I will be going as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I am supposed to leave in March but we'll see how that goes............
-I have an open mind as to what to expect for this year. I have so many hopes but we'll see how everything goes.
-I know my experience with the Peace Corps will be extremely rewarding but also challenging and exhausting. However, I have the support of all my family and friends and I know I will have the support of whichever community I end up in.

So with all that said I have nothing but high hopes for this year. I know that everything I hope for may not come true but I'm keeping an open mind. So goodbye 2007 and hello 2008!!