This is the boldest move I ever made in my 55 years! Bolder than skiing a black diamond slope, bolder than auctioning dates with bachelors to raise money for fighting cancer, bolder than tasting squid. Perhaps this move is as bold as taking a two-year career break to travel in an RV across the US and Canada. Bold!
Bold is accepting a career opportunity to work for UNICEF. Bold is launching a global fundraising initiative to increase individual giving through major gifts. Bold is compressing my stuff into three suitcases to move to Switzerland. Bold is immersing myself in the Swiss culture where people speak French and buy with cash. Bold is giving up travel by car, shopping at Wal-Mart, and unlimited cell phone minutes evenings and weekends. Bold is saying “Goodbye.”
My husband Ed called our last three months in the USA the longest goodbye ever. He was right in tagging the lunches, parties, and visits that way but somehow, I needed these interactions with people important in my life. And so it was that I said my goodbyes, each one full of meaning, building confidence that I made the right choice, and connecting to people important to me who have contributed to my successes, held meaning in my life.
The following are photos of these precious moments spent before a Continental flight landed me in Geneva, Switzerland where a bold new life experience would begin.
Portrait of Mom & Me
My family: Mom, Chris, Me, Brady, Jason, Brianna & Suzie
At Indian Lake with Ed, Val & Greg
Chris & I at Presque Isle in Erie, Pennsylvania
A winning hand at Canasta with Brianna
Mini golfing at Statler's with me, Suzie, Matt, Chris, & Brianna
Lifelong friends Craig & Robin with me
My ACS team: Beth, Joann, me, & Anna
Ed & I on the steps of the church where we were married -
October 3, 1997
The old Sanford barn at "The Farm"
New flowers for Grandma & Grandpa's grave
Looking at family heirlooms with Becky
Celebrating with Suzie & Matt in Kansas City
The Mlinarich cousins at a family party
My 2010 reunion with ADP sorority sisters from PITT
Suzie jumping with Allie
One last hug from baby Anthony at Sheffield Place
Me & Kim - Best friends from college at the ADP Reunion
Me & Sherry at the UN Peace Plaza, Independence, MO
A luminary for Dad at the Relay for Life, an event I launched over 14 years ago.
December 5, 2010