Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Oh, the places you'll go!

A week ago, I had zero idea what I would be doing in the summer or fall and was pretty anxious about it. BUT HEY, YA GIRL'S GOT SOME EXCITING NEWS. (Sidenote: I need to stop referring to myself as 'ya girl'.)

In one week, I've found out that this summer I'll be in New York City and this fall I'll be in Brussels, Belgium!

Yup, that's right. This girl from Lexington, Kentucky, has not only taken over Richmond, but will now be in the north and then across the world!

I've accepted an editorial internship from The Odyssey, that website that you've most likely read when articles are shared. I'm the Social Media Director at Richmond, as well as a writer, and have had a blast getting to know more about what the Odyssey actually does and how much it's growing. From the Odyssey CEO:
"Odyssey had grown to over 20 million monthly unique readers by December 2015, making us bigger than outlets like Rolling Stone and TIME with 18-24-year-olds. I’m proud to share with everybody that as of yesterday, Odyssey surpassed 30 million monthly unique readers over the past 30 days. To give some perspective, that means we added more than 1 million new readers every week in 2016. That’s bigger than the entire city of New York."
Holy moly, guys! I'm going to be working for this company and I'm THRILLED. This means that I'll be in the Big Apple working with some awesome people from all over the country and living life up there this summer. Talk about a big step. I've always heard of so many people going up there to work but never thought it would be the right spot for me. The more I think about it, the more I feel as though it's exactly what I need.

Here are some fun photos from the only other times I've ever been to New York City:







My trip as a 12-year-old with my dad was full of braces, and my trip as a rising senior in high school was just one day full of business suits and way too much excitement. I'm as excited as all these photos to be up there this summer!

And then, even crazier, BELGIUM!

I'll be studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium, this fall as part of a business communications program. Though I've never been there and don't have any fun photos of that, I do have this photo. And I'm so pumped.


I'm really excited to eat Belgian waffles. And the fries and chocolate, which are three of the main foods Belgians apparently eat. You know I'm all about the food.

I cannot believe all this has happened so fast and I can't wait to share these experiences within the next nine months. I am incredibly thankful for these opportunities the Lord has blessed me with and I can't wait to grow as a person throughout all of it!

Thank all y'all for your continued support and love,
Meredith

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