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Daytona Beach Work Trip
Daytona Beach Work Trip
Daytona Beach Work Trip
Daytona Beach Work Trip
Daytona Beach Work Trip
Daytona Beach Work Trip
Daytona Beach Work Trip

My first work trip, people! Does that mean I’m officially a grown up? A few weeks ago I, along with three other Marley’s Mutts staff members and a cute baby, were off to Daytona Beach for the Animal Care Expo put on by the Humane Society. I won’t bore you with all the things we learned because unless you’re into animal rescue that’s probably not all that trilling. But the trip in general? Amazing. I’m beyond grateful that I was asked to go on this trip. Daytona Beach is amazing, I got to bond with my co-workers and I really just needed that time for myself. Even though I was with other people, people that I talk to pretty much daily at this point, I was completely out of my comfort zone. I didn’t have family to lean on and I had to be a big girl, especially on the plane rides. I am terrified of flying and am proud of myself for taking the leap and saying “yes” to this trip despite the anxiety I felt knowing I had to fly there. As silly as it sounds, this trip helped me to grow as a person.

We were there for five days and I truly enjoyed every single day. When we weren’t in workshops soaking up animal rescue knowledge, I spent a lot of time at the beach and at the pool. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t touch the pool water once even though Zach (boss/friend) and I were there almost every day. I just laid down in my chair, napped, read and enjoyed the sun for a few hours each day. And got a pretty sweet tan to start off my summer. The water in Florida is so warm, and pretty, in comparison to California. I enjoyed several walks on the beach, alone and with friends (and ice cream!). I made a strong effort to be present, using my own advice from this post. I definitely soaked up every single second of the trip and, in my effort to be present, only took about 40 photos the five day trip (vs the usual 300+ when I take trips) because “memories trump pictures”. I definitely have plans to visit again on a regular, non-work related trip, in the next few years!

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