Yesterday was my last day of work at the hospital. I must admit that it is bittersweet. It symbolizes the end of one, well-known chapter of my life and the beginning of a very new one. Saying goodbye to close friends and coworkers who I’ve been around for 40 hours every week for the last 3 1/2 years wasn’t easy. Some of the people had become like family to me. Today I also said farewell to the first shift routine that I’ve had . . . well, since kindergarden. My unstructured future lacking an established routine may prove to be a challenge for my personality that I will have to make a point to overcome. The sweet part of this deal is that it represents to me one large leap towards the reality that Alan and I are truly moving overseas to Africa. This is something I’ve desired and worked towards for over 9 years. I’m excited to step into my future and see what is in store for me.