This past fall/winter is my last in Buffalo. Being extremely tight with my family (my grandma lives next store), I knew it would be tough to finish probably the toughest semester of the program while enjoying my family and friends. I spent so many more nights on school and work than I had wanted. In October, I found out that my best friend since Kindergarten (THAT'S 17 YEARS!) was moving to Nashville. She had always talked about moving, but I didn't know it was actually going to happen as soon as it did. Her mother told me after church and I cried for two hours. I was supposed to move away before her so it was easier for me. She was so selfish! Kidding.
At some point I went to a little boutique in downtown Buffalo and discovered the Giving Keys. I really respected what they stood for, but also needed a little strength myself- with my best friend moving, and me leaving my family to start a new life on a totally different coast. I wore my Strength necklace every day- while I presented my research I was working on to our work-in-progress group, during exams, during my final master's thesis presentation- all the time. After my master's thesis was over, I realized that my time with the key was done. Yeah, I was going to have to deal with moving in January, but my best friend needed it ASAP in Nashville. And school was done; a portion of my battle was done. So the night before she left, I passed the STRENGTH key onto her.
Two days later, my mother, knowing that I was giving my strength away, gave me the Strength Never Ending Bracelet. You can never have enough of it.