This was my first week at the new job, and I just have to say that I am thrilled to be in this environment! The health system I'm working for is wonderful, with great benefits and mission, vision & values that I really want to strive for as a practitioner. The department I work in is amazing and welcoming. I know that I will learn tremendous amounts from clinicians that I work with in every discipline. I am also very thankful to have my caseload gradually built up, instead of walking into a completely full schedule. So many things about this new environment just have me excited and actually looking forward to go to work in the morning.
My summer adventures of recent have included heading to the farmers market in Old Colorado City a couple of times, hiking in North Cheyenne Canyon park & Waldo Canyon and meeting up with friends. Last night I went down to the drive-in movies in Pueblo, which was really fun! We used to go pretty frequently at Spring Canyon to the drive-in that played movies a couple times a month in Buena Vista, so it brought back many memories.
On a different note, I've continued to struggle with finding a "niche" for lack of a better term. I feel like I'm still on the edge of a lot of different groups, trying to make friends. I really want to find a true heart friend that I can be open, genuine with and simply live life together. God's asked me to give up some pretty tough things recently, which have been tremendously difficult. As my friend, Nicole, reminded me, "The problem with a living sacrifice is that it keeps crawling off the alter." I feel like no matter how many times I give these difficult things to the Lord, something reminds me of them and I have to drag myself back onto the altar all over again! Please keep all of this in your prayers. I really need the support of friends right now, and am so thankful for all of you.