Wow, just wow. Thank you so much for your amazing, supportive comments on my last post. Every single comment was completely inspiring and reading them when I got home nearly brought me to tears.
I thought I would write a quick post both to thank you all, and to tell you that things have been better today.
After walking around for 20 minutes, I finally found my training area and I have spent all today doing my training. I am so proud that I managed to pass the brick retrieval test. The brick was at the bottom of a 3m pool, and I'd only practiced in a 2m pool, so when I first got down there I was like "OH DEAR GOD THIS IS DEEP." But I did it, and I am so, so proud of myself. I also learnt to do rescues and CPR today- busy day! I was so nervous about being a lifeguard and convinced I wouldn't pass the tests, and even though I have real tests to pass tomorrow, I feel so much more confident in my abilities.
I got along really well with all the other people in my training group, including a guy and a girl who live with me. I went out for lunch with a few of the group for pizza and Diet Coke on the boardwalk and it was really really nice. I explained to them how I was feeling alone and they assured me I would make lots of friends and that it would be a great summer. Later on I learned that there are lots of activities that the park put on for the staff, so I'm going to get involved in every single one! Bring on weekly volleyball on the beach!
After work, I had a walk and found a CVS and the grocery store and bought supplies for the next few days. The supermarket is a little pricey, but it's convenient enough and had everything I could need. I feel much more organised now and feel good that I know I will be able to cook for myself and eat the foods that I like to eat, and not just pizza. I now have food in for dinner tonight, breakfast tomorrow and to take a packed lunch to training tomorrow, so I can sit with everyone at lunch and get to know people. The store looked just like one I used to go to in MN so that felt reassuring, and I knew where everything was. I also bought some of my favourite things I used to eat in MN and lots of teabags! Girl needs her tea!
I've just gotten home and had a brief chat with my housemates and have vowed to speak more slowly (I speak very quickly!) and be more aware of what I'm saying to ensure it is as clear as possible, as well as listening carefully to what they have to say. I've just washed the chlorine out of my hair and gotten into my pajamas (it's 6.30pm...) and I'm going to make dinner and have an early night tonight so I'm rested for tomorrow and the rest of the week. As a few of you said, jet lag is definitely a major factor in why I've been feeling so down! As much as I want to socialise and make friends, I have the next 3 months to do that, so tonight it's gonna be a magazine and TV on my laptop!
I actually had a scheduled post to go up today but I got my timings all wrong, so I'm going to redo the post and get it up tomorrow instead.
Again, thank you so much for being so supportive. You guys make this so worthwhile. I've been worried about keeping my blog updated while I'm away but I know I have to keep it going for you guys. I'm yet to scout out a spot for photos yet though! There never seems to be any time of day that it's not crazy busy here!
I hope you're having a lovely weekend, and I hope I'm feeling even better tomorrow!