Monday, August 29, 2011

Last day in Philadelphia

*I'm in the process of moving to California.  Here is a small update.*

Today is my last day in Philadelphia & I'm a mix of emotions.   I'm ready for this move, however saying goodbye to friends, places, & my childhood home has been quite the experience.

I had a going away party planned for yesterday, but hurricane Irene decided that I shouldn't have a going away party.  Seeing that my flight is first thing tomorrow morning I'm out of time.

As katy perry says in "fireworks" ...after a hurricane comes a rainbow.

I'm looking forward to my rainbow.


I'll miss so many things... so many people.  There is no way I could ever make a list that includes everything, but I want to thank a few people. {Really this is so I'll be able to look back.} ...and so many friends/family have already left the Philadelphia area... so this is really dedicated to those I'm leaving in PHL.

David Miller
Thank you for recruiting me to come to Drexel and study design.  I'll never forget the day we met and I knew then that Drexel was the right place for me.  Your support during my many major changes within CoMad means the world to me.

Stephen Rupprecht
Thank you for being an amazing advisor, teacher & boss.  You taught me many things during my years at Drexel that I'll keep with me.  "It's not constructive criticism... it's feedback"

Alexandra Pelberg
Thanks for taking a chance on a young designer.  That one contest changed my path in so many ways & I'll never forget it.

Joyce Armand
Thank you for being the best regional manager I have ever had the pleasure to work with at any company.  Your honesty & your faith in me pushed me to become better each day.

Mark Allan
Thank you for so many things.  You had the pleasure to be my boss while I was a student and post-graduation as a professional.  Your guidance helped me through the transition.

Susan DiBartolo
Thank you for giving me the push I needed to take the next step with Jaybird Quilts.  You are an amazing shop owner, mentor & friend.

Allison Benjamin
Thank you for believing in me & my quilting before anyone else did.  Your friendship & support during my early years of quilting put me on the path to start Jaybird Quilts.  I wouldn't be here without you.

Tricia Landes
Thank you for being my friend first & my support in the guild second.  Thank you for all the help you gave me to get ready for market.  You are an amazing friend and will be for the rest of my life.

Candi Weinrick
Thank you for being my friend when I needed a friend and a mom when I needed a mom.  Thank you for helping me prepare & survive market.  Thank you for all your work in the guild.  I'm lucky to have a friend like you in my life & know that we will always be friends.

My second mom.  I have always been honored to be your pseudo daughter.  You were there through the ups and downs and I know I can always call you.

Liz Cairo
Thank you for taking me under your wing.  Lauren brought us together and I treasure our friendship that has developed over the years & look forward to celebrating with you at your wedding in a few weeks!

Rachael Pannepacker
My sister, my friend... words to describe what you mean to me are hard to find.  We have been friends for 10 years, but it often feels like forever.  Sometimes you know me better than I know myself.  You have always pushed me to be the best version of me that I can be.  I know this isn't goodbye.  Thank you for everything... and I mean everything.


I could go on for days & days.  I've lived here for 28+ years and had many good times.  I'll miss so many people, so many places... This isn't the end, it's just the start of the next chapter.


In the words of RENT...
"Forget regret or life is yours to miss."

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Dresden Quilter said...

What a wonderful tribute to your friends. I am sure they won't mind visiting you in California. :-) Have a safe trip and I look forward to reading your posts about your new life.

MahQuilter said...

You will be welcomed in CA. Lots of new memories and all that goes with them to come your way. The love of family says it all. Enjoy your new life and remember yesterdays. You're only one state away from AZ ;)

MahQuilter said...

Oh I forgot...remember I will bring the peanut M&M's when we visit. LOL

PamKittyMorning said...

Good luck in the next chapter of your life's journey!!

Jocelyn said...

What a sweet post Julie. I hope your move goes well, and that you will return to your roots for refreshment when needed. Have a great day and happy traveling.

natalie. beyond the reef said...

There is one thing in each of these pics that you will take with you wherever you go....your smile! HappiestDays.

Sandy said...

Perfect Post! And the story continues...with many,many more chapters to be written...Dad & I will join you on 10/31 how fitting Halloween, one of our favorite holidays! I look forward to being together with Brad,Karin,Elijah & Aliyah as our journey continues as a family unit! You're so right, "Forget regret or life is yours to miss"...see you in San Elijo!!
With love & gratitude

mascanlon said...

Such a wonderful way to say goodbye Julie. Home is always where your heart and family is so in a way you're taking it with you! New adventures await, we're looking forward to sharing them.

Unknown said...

Just beautiful, Julie. I am looking forward to following you on the next portion of your journey. Godspeed!

Jan said...

Safe travels to you, Julie!!!! Your rainbow is just ahead, one of many you will experience in your life! Lots of love, Jan (see you in Houston!)

Sallie said...

Blessings and Godspeed!

Lynne said...

Such a tough but exciting time for you! Never losing, only adding. Best wishes as you begin this new chapter in your life.

Beverly said...

AWWWW, sweetie, it's hard. I"m 63 and have not moved a lot and it's felt like the end of my life when I did. But I survived and I have some of the most wonderful memories to warm my heart not matter where I am. I wish you the best of everything in your move. Hold tight to all those friendships, they will always be in your heart. Can't wait to see what's in store for you in CA.

bethanndodd said...

Big ((HUGS)) from me!!!
Hope you have a very relaxing flight tomorrow morning!

dolores said...

Fly little Jaybird...FLY!:)

Can't wait to see this next chapter of your life as I have throughly enjoyed getting to know you this past year!:)

Godspeed kiddo!:)

Angela Nash said...

So many good memories! I was wondering how Irene was going to send you off - sorry she cut your going away party.

But off to make a bunch of memories to add onto the old. Good luck!

Unknown said...

Miss you bunches and I hope the move goes smoothly.
Good luck, you know you will be fine! I am sure you will quickly become a Californian!

Stacy Kraus McDonald said...

Safe travels! Philly will be here for you....

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

A sweet goodbye post. I've been feeling your anxiety/excitement for your move as you've been blogging about it. Adventure lies ahead...but it's always hard to say goodbye to the adventures you've already had.

Deborah said...

Happy trails! Good luck!

Annelies said...

WOO HOO.....just another day and I can call you neighbor ( I live soooo close to SEH). Much luck and I know we will bump into each other. I told my quilting students you would be CLOSE. They are all SEW exctied.

Unknown said...

Such love! Julie you have shared a wonderful part of you within your thank you to such wonderful people.

Carrie P. said...

some great people in your life. good luck.

Anonymous said...

Im bummed that I wont be able to see you before your leave! I will miss you so much!!!

Barb said...

What a touching and loving remembrance of all the people in your life in Philly--they will always be a part of your life regardless of where you may live. Onward and upward to "All The Places You Go", (I love Dr. Suess). Here is to your next chapters that you will write, and I will be following! Safe flight! Happy move can't wait to see what comes next! Love and blessings!

Patty said...

Good Luck Miss Jaybird. May you find as many friends and support as well as the success you've found in PA.

The Village Quilter said...

Good luck my friend- I will so miss you! Go & share your passion & talents with the rest of the world! See you in October!

Auntie Pami said...

Congrats on the move! This will be a fantastic opportunity for you! Embrace the change and enjoy!

Josie McRazie said...

Safe travels! I can't wait till you are back on line! You are missed!

Colleen said...

Good luck in LA. We lived in So. CA for years and we have 3 kids that are still out there but would never move anywhere else. As for DH and I...well, let's just say that we're glad to be gone. We miss our kids but we would never live out there again. Why live in a rat race if you don't have to??? You're young so you'll adjust.

Looking forward to seeing what's ahead on your blog.

kath in ohio said...

Safe travels sweet Julie. You will fill your life with new, new, new and be richer for it! Looking forward to reading your blog entries again.

Vicky said...

I'm late -- but Welcome to California! Wishing you only wonderful here! xox

Lei Lei said...

Good luck on the move!