"It well may be that we will never meet again in this lifetime. So, let me say before we part: So much of me is made of what I learned from you. You'll be with me like a hand print on my heart. And now whatever way our stories end I know you'll have rewritten mine by being my friend." Idina Menzel Lyrics to "For Good" from Wicked
Throughout the past six months. I've tried to avoid talking about my employer so as not to reflect any negative feedback upon the company. However, this week, I do have this to say about Cedar Fair.
In my essay when I applied for the FIT Challenge back in December, I had mentioned how through working for Cedar Fair, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people and having experiences that are unique to working within the amusement park industry. (Seriously, how often are employees able to watch their CEO ring the closing bell for the NYSE live?")
I have always believed that we are put in certain situations in life for a reason, regardless of if we know that reason in that moment.
When I moved back to Sandusky to 2011 to come back to work for Cedar Fair, I was shattered and broken.
I'd felt like my life was a lot of tiny broken pieces of glass that could barely be held together. Little did I know then, that God was putting certain people in my life that would be the glue that put those pieces together, which are slowly forming a beautiful stained glass window.
At varies stages over the past few years I've met three people who have changed and shaped my life forever. Lisa Smith, Krista McNichol, and Casey Smith all have been great examples of the kind of people that Cedar Fair needs to hire, but they are all also great friends who have been supportive of my weight-loss journey.
Lisa: Thank you for encouraging me to do my first 5K this past December and understanding the importance of my wanting to get my health back to where it needs to be during the FIT Challenge. You have been such a great person to work for during this. Thank you for allowing me the time I have needed to participate in the FIT Challenge and have sessions with my personal trainer Ryan Rose at Health & Strength.
Krista: Thank you for running the FIT 5K with me. You did amazing for not having any training at all; I am so proud of you. Thank you for keeping me motivated and encouraging me along the way. It means the world to me to have a female come to the gym with me!! The girl talk is much appreciated and needed. One day, I promise I'll make that transition from tomboy to princess. It may take time, but it will happen.
Casey: Words can not express the heartfelt gratitude I feel for all the times you have listened to me when things got hard. Very few people can understand the transformation that is going on in my life that way that you do. Your encouragement, support and hugs have made all the difference when I thought I couldn't go on. Those days in the gym working out and talking with you about my frustrations were much needed and appreciated when I couldn't talk with others about it.
I'm glad we were able to do the Cedar Point Run and Ride together. I am so very proud of you beating your time! Thank you for waiting for me at the finish line and cheering me on!
My Co-Workers at Castaway Bay: When I signed up for the FIT Challenge, all I wanted originally was accountability. Thank you for giving me that. Not allowing me to buy snacks, processed food and just down right telling me "No!" when I want to cheat with awful food. Or even threaten to call my trainer and tell on me. Thank you for having my back and reminding me why I am on this journey. I love you guys!
Go Team Cedar Point!!!
To my fellow Challengers: It's been an amazing journey with you guys. We've had our ups and downs along the way like the roller coasters at Cedar Point. But we are at the end of our ride almost. I feel blessed to have met you all. I wish you four Godspeed in your journeys in life and on your paths to healthy living.
To Bo and Ginger, and staff at Health & Strength: Thank you for all the kindness you have shown me during this challenge. You two are amazing, and I know I'll not forget either one of you anytime soon. Ginger, I'll never forget your kindness when you barely knew me; you were willing to come pick me up for my session with Ryan one day when the weather was negative something ridiculous outside.
Each of you mentioned in this blog all have special places in my heart for different reasons.
You are the glue that has helped put the glass back together to form a wonderful stained glass window.
What that window looks like now is uncertain, but one day, it will be beautiful. Yet, I am thankful each of you are in my life at this moment in time.