Monday, March 9, 2020

Living In The Moment

As I sit here writing this blog post, I can’t help but think that this year is moving way too fast. I could have sworn that it was just yesterday when we were being rushed onto the stage in Elliott Hall of Music as people shouted “slate passed” and “congratulations,” at us down the aisles. Everyone told us to “cherish the moments because in the blink of an eye they’ll be gone.” I never truly understood that saying, but now I’m understanding it way too clearly. 

So far in our year of service, my team and I have had the chance to meet new people, visit new places, and try new things. It has been a year of growth, challenges, and changes - all of which will continue in our last four months of office. I remember looking forward to everything we would get to do during our year of service…

  • We started off the year going to DC for training with State Officers from all across the United States!

  • For someone who hasn’t experienced the Indiana State Fair much, I got the full experience this past summer! It was a blast hanging out with members from across the state all month long.

  • We had District Kickoff season, where we traveled to districts and chapters for two weeks facilitating at schools and events!

  • Next was conference season. It’s always awesome to catch up with new and old friends at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center!

  • National Convention was the next stop for our year. While we were busy serving as delegates throughout the convention, we weren’t too busy to enjoy an awesome concert at Bankers Life! 

  • During the month of December, we traveled to quite a few businesses and industries that support Indiana FFA. Throughout this time, we learned about the inner workings of their organizations and were able to make connections with so many people!

  • Our most recent adventure - FFA Week! I had a chance to visit the southeastern part of the state, traveling to parts of District XI, all of District XII, and Liberty FFA! From teaching in classrooms, visiting petting zoos, and going ice skating, it was by far my favorite part of this year!

    At the start of our year, I remember looking forward to everything that was going to happen. But now, I can’t believe these things are already over. Sooner rather than later, we will be stepping on the stage at Elliott Hall of Music one last time. As the year is winding down, take time to appreciate each day. In the blink of an eye, it will be over - cherish the moments you have and don’t take anything for granted. 

Living in the moment,
Caitlyn Lewis

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