August 17, 2017

See You Later, Chicagoland


If you would have asked me ten years ago where I thought I would be at the ripe old age of 26 my answer would have been that I would be a physical therapist in Houston, Texas.  I was pretty sure of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to do it and there was absolutely no chance that I would be doing anything else in any other place.  I like to think that God has a sense of humor in that He gives you these little moments to look back on so you can laugh at yourself and remember to not take life so seriously.

These past four years have been some of the most challenging of my life, but also some of the most rewarding.  Adaptability has become my best asset, learning to go with the flow has become a necessity and I've thought I was going to finally lose that last marble I had been hanging on to by a thread more times than I can count.  But you could ask me a hundred times if I would change any of it and my answer would always be no.

I've made some incredible friends along the way, learned more about myself than I sometimes care to know and I broke out of the "never leaving home" mold that so many people fall into.  Moving has also given me a deep sense of appreciation for home, which is something I didn't necessarily know I was missing when we left Houston a couple of years ago.

I'm not quite sure where the next four years will take us, but all I can say is that I hope it will be as memorable as the past four have been.  To my Pure Barre Deerfield family - you have given me more than you will ever know.  Each and every one of your friendships are deeply cherished and know that you have made a lasting impression on me.  I started working at the studio knowing I loved Pure Barre and that I needed to find something.  What I found was more than I could have ever expected.  Not only am I in better shape than I was six months ago and have some amazing friends, but I'm finally comfortable in my own skin.  So for that, I thank you!

I will be forever grateful for the experiences we've been afforded thus far in our lives.  Moving around every year and living in four different major cities doesn't exactly sound appealing to most, but as I've mentioned before has taught us a lot and is not an opportunity many people get.  But now that this girl has lived almost all over the U.S., I'm ready to go home!

This isn't goodbye Chicagoland, it's see you later! 

xo, 
Kathryn