Monday, April 29, 2013

Life Beyond the Track

Well, it's officially been 6 months since I was last able to go for a leisurely run... 10 months since my last real hardcore training session. Needless to say, I'm a little soft in more than a few places. HA! Ewww. C'est la vie of the working girl.

Well since my last post, my life has been caught up in a tornado of mostly amazing events, opportunities, and yes... work in the real world. And I'm happy to say that I'm finally feeling better! The strict (gluten, sugar, dairy)-free diet worked like a charm... yes I sadly had to deprive myself of just about everything yummy for 3 months but I'm so much better for it and HAPPY happy to be off bedrest and able to have and handle the crazy busy schedule I have now. I'm still on blood thinners for the blood clots but not much I can do about that. I celebrated my renewed health by making a huge thing of lasagna on Saturday... (pack full of gluten and dairy! YUM) and I survived with flying colors!... no going to lie... I was a little nervous though.

So let's see...

Well the most exciting thing that has happened has been getting in to my top choice for business school... UC Berkeley-Haas! And the even better part... I applied via a program called The Consortium and Haas chose me to be one of their Consortium Fellows... aka I WILL BE GETTING MY MBA FOR FREE! (from a top 10 school no less!) I'm sooooo grateful! And yes, I submitted this application from my hospital bed back in November. I couldn't have done it without the support of all my family and friends who helped to edit my essays up until the deadline... writing and editing intelligent essays while in pain and drugged up on about 6 different meds after 2 surgeries is no bueno... you'll say some funny (and terribly honest) things.

Any who... let's see... I've also been interning at Vasper (the fitness system I've mentioned a few times that helped me get back on track [literally] after my injury in 2011). Apparently I've been doing a good job and they like me being around almost as much as I LOVE working here... a couple weeks ago I got promoted to be the Director of Marketing! Sweet!

Also, due to the encouragement of my little sister, who is now a successful business owner, I'm going to start selling my handmade jewelry, that for years has been reserved only for myself (and sometimes my mommy). The company is called Knot Tradition and the first collection is set to be released in June. For now, it will be sold exclusively online through my sis' store... which EVERYONE! (well all the ladies in the audience) SHOULD BE SHOPPING AT! Kelsey started her thrift boutique, Mieux & Mieux, out of an adorable victorian house in Uptown Dallas, but the online demand for her shop has been so wonderfully overwhelming that she's moving to be a mostly online shop. Her company is expanding into a new loft and patrons can come to the space by appointment only. Baby girl is doing big things! I'm so proud of her!

Oh! And more things (well people) that I'm proud of.... my JUMP SQUAD! I'm finishing up my 2nd and final year as a high school coach at Monta Vista in Cupertino, CA and it's been a challenging but fun year. The challenge has been with my ankle... sometimes I'm really sad when I head out to coach because I'm in so much pain that I can't even demonstrate and it reminds me how much I miss training and jumping, but my kids are so awesome that I snap out of my funk almost as soon as I see their faces! We've had some great individual PR's this year and today starts League Finals. GO MONTA VISTA!!!

Hummmm.... I say that's good for now. Jeez... I gotta get back into the swing of this blogging thing. It's so hard to live online and in the real world at the same time.

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2 comments:

jess said...

wow, congrats on getting into b-school and all!! i don't know if you remember me-- i'm jennifer lin's sister (from...elementary school?).

Erica Ashley said...

Omg! WOW Hey Jess! Sorry I just noticed that my comment notifications have been turned-off. YIKES. hehe ok fixed :-) How have you been??? Thanks for checking out my blog! Golly jeepers and how is Jennifer? It's been soooo long!