it’s my anniversary!

On this day one year ago, I retired from swimming.

I had swum my last 1650 ever at NCAA’s in Purdue, Indiana, and wasso ready to be done.  I am dedicating this blog post to the year I’ve had since I hung up my suit.

It was shocking to me how easily my life went on without swimming.  I had expected there to be a gaping hole that I would always be searching to fill, especially in regards to the massive amounts of time I would have.  (Swimming took up literally 24 hours a week–imagine being a double-major, socially normal college student with only six days in your week.)  So what have I been busy doing with a 15% increase in my free time?

Wine tasting.

charlottesville, spring 2010

napa summer 2010


san diego, summer 2010

Celebrating St. Patty’s Day.

michelle, lis, me, allison

Visiting family.

columbus, spring 2010

Beach Week.

myrtle beach


me, les, colleen: class of 2010

Being a spectator at swim meets.

(and by spectator...i mean drunk)

Couch sitting.  (Lots of it.)

me & les in our usual spots

Travelling to Europe.

paris, summer 2010

german family friends, dusseldorf summer 2010


As you can see, I’ve had nothing short of a perfect year.  I’ve expanded my horizons with new activities, trying to live according to my favorite motto: “Life begins when you step out of your comfort zone.”  Swimming was a huge, demanding, important part of my life, but it’s over now, and it’s up to me to make the most of this new era.

So today, I am celebrating the anniversary of my retirement.  Happy 1-year, Jen!  I look forward to many more with just myself–the pool is not invited.


One Response

  1. Happy Anniversary!!!!! ❤ Most important Anniversary ever.

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