When I first moved here, I was not the most fun person to be around. I had left the state that was home to my childhood and family, a job that I was passionate about and my dearest friends. Clayton (who was accustom to moving every couple years) was extremely patient in my transition, consoling my anxious personality while also subtly hinting that we should get out more.
It took a little time but I have embraced his advice wholeheartedly, I am proud of the friends that I have made by putting myself out-there, however uncomfortable it may have felt. We started by joining the local chamber of commerce’s young professional group happy hours. Through this, I met two of my best gal pals, Rachel and Sabrina.
Rachel is a kind-hearted Arizona native (she’s a fellow Sun Devil, mom!) and works for the American Cancer Society. Through her friendship, I am able to volunteer with ACS and give back to the local community, all while spending some quality time together. Her role primarily focused on their local events and fundraising – the latest being their Cattle Barons Ball. The annual event is held at a local casino and is themed: best western dress. As a dedicated volunteer, I knew I had to dress the part and couldn’t get by with anything but authentic cowboy boots. So, after calling my grandfather, who grew up on Idaho farm country, I set off to buy my first pair of sh*t-kickers (his words, not mine).
My other ladyfriend, Sabrina, works for the Louisiana Film Prize – their kick-off was one of the first events that Clayton and I attended in Shreveport. This Houston-native is one of the most hilarious and fashionable gals you’ll meet. Her husband is a B52 pilot in the military and was recently deployed in Guam which worked out nicely while Clayton was working on the Vermont project. She is always down for a glass of wine or last-minute dinner party. She’s the kind of person that makes you feel more funny, just by being around them.
Through these two and various events around town, I have been able to keep busy and continue to extend my network of local contacts. One of the most interesting groups that I have joined is the NWLA Delta Gamma alumnae group – let me just say, sororities in the south are drastically different from Idaho. I am fortunate to have so many kind and fun-loving women surrounding me. It’s tough to think that I may have to go through this every two years but also exciting to think about the possibility of future friendships from all areas of the U.S. that are ahead of me.