Where do I start? I’ve lost family. I’ve lost a grandma. I’ve grieved and felt pain. But until now, I hadn’t really lost a friend that I was close too.
This week, I lost a friend, a mentor, and a sister. She fought cancer 4 times without complaining or losing a smile. She’s now resting pain free with her savior. Knowing that I will see her again one day, in heaven, is the only comfort I have been able to cling too.
I wanted to honor her, and the best way to do so, is to share what she taught me and all the amazing things I learned from her and my time being her friend.
I first met Kinlee when I interviewed for the PR intern position for the International Finals Youth Rodeo. I never thought I would get the job…I never thought I was capable enough for it. But Kinlee saw potential in me and hired me for the internship.
That few weeks was a whirlwind of opportunities and I learned so much. I had the experience of working with local news stations, on-air radio time, and so much more. These were opportunities I never would have had if Kinlee hadn’t of hired me…something I am forever grateful for. But also I got to know the spunky, kind, and loving boss of mine!
I had the chance to stay on as intern for that fall semester, so of course I said YES! During that time I got to set up and run different contests and promotions because Kinlee allowed me to come up with ideas and actually let me follow through with them. All these things gave me such confidence and strength in my career.
If you follow along with this blog, you know I have been searching and searching for a job. That process has really beaten me down.But I can always remember that I do have potential and something to offer the place I will eventually work for. When all these other people tell me no and no again, it makes you feel very insecure…but knowing that someone has seen and grown my potential is so encouraging.
This week, I say goodbye to my mentor and friend. I say goodbye to someone who empowered me and gave me confidence in my writing abilities and in the job world. I say goodbye to a boss that taught me I had potential and molded me. But more than that, I say goodbye to a sister. Here are a few things she taught me:
To smile no matter what
How to be a strong and independent woman
How to love others and show kindness
How to be successful in the business world
How to be confident
Please be praying for me an her family and friends this week. Sadness hits at the most random moments. We have hope in Christ.
I also hope to be back blogging this week, the days might be off, but I’ll have a few new posts this week.