Running Wild

365 days of Riches


(Get it? RICHmond? Ha Ha Ha)

A year ago today I took a giant leap of faith and followed my heart to Richmond, Virginia. I packed up everything I owned in my little blue(ish) Chevy and drove across the country to unknown territory… Literally.

I’ve learned so much this past year. Everyday I discovered something new about myself and took another step closer to actually becoming a real adult. (But let’s face it, I’m still miles away from true adulthood, which is actually just the way I like it.)

Today at work I went to our website,, out of pure curiosity. Under “support staff” if you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, you’ll find me in scrubs with really short hair standing next to some blood machines in our lab at work. I stared at that picture for a long while and I could not help but think about all the things that have changed for me since moving here.

I grew my hair out, started going to church, and had many adventures in learning to be a responsible adult – most of which were “misadventures” (see post re: trying to reinvent the wheel). I started dating again; some didn’t work out, but one did and that’s all I need 🙂

A few days ago I was talking with my mom on the phone and she asked me a very important question: “Okay, it’s been a year almost. Do you still love it there as much as you did when you first moved to Richmond?”

I guess the proof is in the pudding because I said, without hesitation, “Yes, absolutely”.

I have no idea what lies ahead for me, but I’m slowly learning that’s how it should be. Planning is for losers with high expectations (just kidding!). Honestly though, I’m beginning to love the sponteneity of my life and all the “let’s do it!”’s just because I can.

Here’s a look at the year I had: **Not in chronological order.

It’s been one heck of a year and I can’t wait to see what comes next.