I am really excited to be headed south on Friday to spend some quality time with these people that I am so grateful for. In the spirit of the holidays I am going to gush about some of the people in my life.
Josh: the older younger brother
He's incredibly good at what he does. Completely driven to succeed and could not be more different than he was 3 years ago. I am so proud to have watched him realize the path he was on sucked and take steps to actively change his life. He is one of my greatest inspirations and I know that you can change anything that is not working in your life thanks to him.
Rob: the baby
While he doesn't look to happy in this picture, he is really quite funny. He's really reserved but is also very good at what he does and is as driven as Josh, just in a different way. He loves to work with computers and knows more than I could even comprehend about how they operate. He's the comic relief in the most random times and he's awesome.
This awesome picture of these two was taken in Scotland where they are calling home for now. They are currently having a world traveling year. It is something that my dad has always wanted to do and a break from work that my mom really deserves. They both work so hard so that all three kids can do exactly what they are meant to do in this world, even if it doesn't make that much money. I am so grateful for their never wavering support and everything that they have done to allow me to be where I am right now. I am completely jealous of their super awesome life and hope to be half as cool as they are when I am their age.
My surrogate parents: T and Papa Castellano
The two took care of me when my parents were across the country. They gave me unabashed career advice and I am so happy that I get to have them in my life. I know that I can (and do) call them when things really suck and its 2am in Scotland so I can't talk to my mom. Papa Castellno makes the best pizza and really everything else! I can't wait to see them on the 30th!
I am so grateful for all these girls. I cannot believe its been a year since most of us have been together. I am super excited that we get to have a 1/2 WP reunion for New Years 2012 and that Chels and I are running the Country Music Marathon (or Half in my case) in Nashville in April. It is still hard to believe that six random girls who were interns in Colorado Springs for USA Boxing, USA Wrestling, US Figure Skating, and the USOC (International Games, NGB Business Development, and Media) would become such good friends and stay in touch. I really hope that sometime we can all get together (Ski Trip 2012 anyone?) because I have never had as much fun as I have had with these girls-laughing until my stomach hurts.
I am so grateful for all these people in my life and I cannot wait to see them over the course of a few weeks.