How did I decide that I was going to spend my last few weeks here in Memphis, you ask? Besides me focusing on work, I decided to have a little more fun with two other travel nurses that I befriended here named Noelle and Susan. One weekend, we decided to go to Beale Street, which is a major street in downtown Memphis, during their Africa in April Festival. All of us have been wanting to get on Beale Street so we figured it was the perfect weekend to do so. That festival was amazing! Different vendors from everywhere had handmade items to sell from jewelry, tribal masks, shea butter, perfume, clothing, the list goes on! I really was having Wakanda vibes even though I know all of Africa was represented during the festival lol. At the same time, there was a car show downtown and lots of people came to view the cars and talk to the owners. We also walked around and took pictures and then stopped at our favorite Mexican food spot in Overton Square to have lunch and drinks. We talked about work and how far we made it and that we hope to keep in touch once we parted ways. All three of us were from North Carolina so we bonded pretty fast and I am so happy that I met them while I was here. It really made it less lonely.
As a travel nurse, it does get lonely. Yes travel nursing has a lot of perks: you get to travel the country, housing is paid for, you get to meet new people, and the money (okayyyy), but no one really talks about the downside and that’s the lonely part. I had to rely more on God and myself more than ever these past few months and the best part about being here for my last 5 weeks is that I was able to see my mom and my sister. They both came down and spent a weekend with me and when they left, that was exactly the motivation I needed to finish out this assignment.
They both came down on a Friday night so we just relaxed and got some rest. Saturday came and I really wanted to take them out to brunch and I knew just the place. I passed by it numerous times and I really wanted to try it so I decided that it was the perfect time with my mom and sister visiting! We ate at this really casual brunch place called Local on The Square. The atmosphere and vibe was amazing. The weather was beautiful. My mom, my sister, and I really enjoyed ourselves and the food was fantastic. After brunch, we spent the rest of the day shopping then went to do “Painting With A Twist” later that night. A lot of you may be familiar with “Wine and Design”, its the same concept. There’s an instructor that teaches you step by step on how to paint the full picture and then once you’re done, it’s yours to take home! Also, the wine is a great plus! It really sets the mood and gets you relaxed so you can create your masterpiece :) That was an amazing weekend, I did not want them to leave :(
Even with the loneliness, sometimes you have to embrace it! One of the things I learned while being on my own is that you have to learn to do things by yourself, even if you do not have anyone to do them with; which is what I did ALOT here in Memphis. It’s always good to do and try new things with your circle, but doing things by yourself is even more fun! You are on your own time and no one can ever take that memory away from you. The last place I experienced while I was in Memphis was going to the Memphis Zoo. This was on my list of things to do so I decided to do it, even if that meant I had to go by myself. The weather here had been pretty good lately (too good at times lol) and I’m not one to waste the day so the zoo was on my list! I went on a Saturday so it was crowded, but not overbearing. There were a lot of families so kids were everywhere. Even though it was blazing hot, seeing all of the animals and different exhibits made my heart happy. I was by myself but I was able to take everything in on my OWN time. I captured some great pictures and I just enjoyed being by myself and doing something that I wanted to do.
I have finally come to the end of my second travel assignment here in Memphis. This was probably the most challenging assignment I’ve had so far. Working at Regional One challenged me in more ways than one and I am honestly happy that this assignment is over (just being real). But also, being here allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and I am so happy that I did. I found out more about myself as a person, a woman, and last but not least, a nurse. I never thought I would be able to survive being ten hours away from home by myself, but I did with God’s grace, mercy, and favor on me. I will never forget this experience and I will take what I have learned from here, professionally and personally, and apply it to every assignment afterwards. Memphis, its been real! Now, its time to see you in my rear view mirror and head on home back to Charlotte, North Carolina for some much needed time off :)
Live life, love always, and don’t forget to smile,