I've been in a sort of funk for the last week+. I can't really explain it. I think it might have had something to do with the transition from the familiar at my Kirkland store to being the complete newbie at the Issaquah store. I've just been really down. I've been crying more and just having a generally negative view of myself, my life and the people around me. I don't really know when I turned the corner in my mind, but the last few days have been like emerging from a fog. It's like I'm actually sleeping through the night and I can smile again. I've just been beyond exhausted for too long and it has been draining me. I feel like myself again for the first time in too long.

I opened this morning. One of my favorite things to do is be awake in the early hours of the morning, when most of the world is still asleep, and to get my day started in the crisp, cool hours of the dawn. It's like this morning is an echo of how I've been feeling in life: it's a fresh beginning, a new start. I'm awake and smiling.