Brittany Graham

Change & Adapt

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It’s been about three weeks since I moved down to Texas and started my new job at the University of Houston. Things are going really well and I just wanted to update you on all of the new changes happening in my life. Anytime you move to a new city or state and start a new job, change becomes a familiar word. Living in Houston is a completely different environment than everything I was used to in Denver. I think the biggest thing is learning to adapt to the changes around you and learn to embrace everything that’s new.

                    Things I've learned about Houston…

Palm Trees in Houston...who knew?

Palm Trees in Houston...who knew?

  1. They have imported palm trees everywhere...
  2. It rains A LOT…so much so that school will even be delayed or cancelled due to flooding
  3. It’s always hot, always. Whether its 8am or 8pm you will never need a jacket or hoodie outside. The humidity will take care of itself.
  4. People are everywhere!!! It’s very crowded here and there are tons of people everywhere. The city is growing and is currently the 3rd largest city in the US.
  5. Toll Roads. As you can image I’ve done my fair share of getting lost with my GPS leading me to toll roads costing me my precious vending machine change
  6. There are also these weird side roads next to freeway so you can technically take the same route and not really be on the freeway. Yeah, it’s weird. Still trying to figure that one out.

Three weeks in and so far, there is only one thing I don’t like about living in Houston. THERE ARE NO DUNKIN’ DONUTS!!! Call me crazy, but I’ve always been Team Dunkin when it comes to my coffee fix. There are only about 4-5 in the entire city, none of which are close to where I will be living. However, staying positive...I’ll be saving a lot of money not buying a medium iced vanilla coffee 3 times a week on the way to work.

As far as work is concerned, the transition is going great. Everyone at UH has welcomed me with open arms and helped me with anything I have needed. It can be difficult at times going from knowing exactly what and how things need to get done to knowing nothing. But I think right now that’s what I’m enjoying the most. LEARNING. Everyday I’m learning something new and that’s something that can’t be taken for granted. It’s a challenge and I love it. The facilities are absolutely amazing, just beautiful and it's such a blessing to be able to work at a place like UH.

 
 

But I'm not going to lie, one of the BEST parts about this move is being 3.5 hours away from my family. Because I won't have my apartment until the end of July, I've spent every weekend moving the short trip on 45N to Dallas. Although once I myself (and Harper lol) settled in Houston the trip home will not be a weekly thing, it's so nice to know the comfort of home is right up the road. I also have to give a HUGE thank you and shout out to THE Bethany Bradley for letting me stay with her until I get settled. It's hard to believe we've been friends since 7th grade through all of my moves, college, job changes and now here we are together in working and living in the same city. How Awesome is our God?

I'll be back with more soon...

 

-Brittany

REUNITED!!!!

REUNITED!!!!

My first video for the new squad...

 

 

The Goat

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I remember the exact moment I fell in love with basketball and told myself I would one day play in college. It was 1996 and I was in 4th grade living in Stillwater, OK watching Tennessee play in the Final Four.Before there was Geno, UCONN, and and the streaks. Growing up in the late 90's it was all about Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Lady Vols. Tennessee and Coach Summitt were hands down the best, no questions asked. Everyone wanted to be a Lady Vol back in those days. I was memorized and couldn't stop picturing myself playing there one day for Coach Summitt. Chamique Holdsclaw and Kellie Jolly quickly became my favorite players and from that moment on, I dedicate my life to the game basketball.

8th grade summer meeting the GOAT, Coach Pat Summitt

8th grade summer meeting the GOAT, Coach Pat Summitt

After months of begging my mom, in the summers going in to 7th, 8th, and 9th grade she agreed to let me fly down to Knoxville to attend the Lady Vol Basketball Camp. I was in heaven. Bright orange and baby blue everywhere. Finally getting the opportunity to meet my favorite players, and the woman that single-handedly changed my life through the game of basketball was one of the best moments of my life. As much as I have become a fan of Geno, UCONN, and all of the talented players that have be through their program in recent years, Tennessee will always have my heart when it comes to women's college basketball. 

A year ago today, Coach Summitt passed away after a lengthy battle with alzheimer's. I can honestly say I owe this woman so much for being the reason why I started to take the game serious and fall in love with playing. I will forever be grateful for her impact on my life and how she shaped the game of basketball for us all. Thank you.

-Brittany

 

94 Days

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94 Days.

For exactly 94 days my life changed and became more still than I can ever remember. March 7, 2017 at 11:45am was the day I lost my job. I didn’t do anything wrong, nothing dramatic happened. It’s just the crazy world of working in college athletics doing everything but your team not winning enough games to keep your job. Since that day, March 7 the uncertainty of the future is something that has haunted me every day and every night.

My life went from a busy world of meetings, practices, phone calls, food orders, workouts, and running errands to a complete standstill. At first the break was nice, especially after a long draining basketball season of not only losing (a lot…) but, more so from everything that goes into the season. The early morning flights, bus rides, planning, organizing, and the final execution of making sure it all comes together smoothly. What could God possibly be trying to teach me?

Something I thought quietly to myself every single day.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” Proverbs 3:5-6

Weekends and weekdays oddly ran together, without much to do each day felt the same, with no true difference from a Saturday to a Wednesday. Every day I woke up hopeful and optimistic that a breakthrough would happen for a new job, and for 94 days it didn’t happen and each day after, I closed my eyes and prayed that it the next day it would happen. Most days I didn’t even hear sound of my own voice until late in the afternoon. I sat in silence read my bible, prayed, wrote, reflected, listened to music, read, scanned the social media accounts, cried some even, napped…a lot, and visited numerous job boards online looking for a new one constantly refreshing the web browsers every 10 minutes. There were even a few times I didn’t even leave the house for 3 to 4 days in a row...pretty pathetic, trust me I know.

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” Matthew 6:34

The scariest part was dealing with the uncertainty. Of what’s next, where you will be, if you will find a job, how the bills will get paid, will you ever be happy again among so many other thoughts. I questioned myself, my abilities, and even questioned God. Why. Why me? Why us? Why now? I was mad, angry, and bitter and for a while failed to see the bigger plan, and the bigger blessings God had for me.

 There were plenty of jobs that I applied for, that I wanted, and that I knew I was going to at least get have the opportunity to interview with, but never even happened. For the longest time, I prayed for a job in Dallas to finally be close to my family. So, when I found job in the Dallas area in the sports digital media field, I know it would soon by mine. At that point I pretty much stopped looking for employment elsewhere because this opportunity seemed to perfect, and I knew God had it waiting for just for me.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” Romans 8:28

During this extended “time off,” I was forced to FROG (fully rely on God) more than ever before. Because of that when weeks went by I heard nothing from the “Dallas Dream Job,” the more I began to trust God and His plan, and forgo the plans I made for myself. I stopped feeling sorry for myself, wiped away my tears and just enjoyed life the way it’s meant to be. I went to the movies, to mall, to Cost-Co mid-week during lunch hours just to get free samples, and even got a new puppy(HARPER!!!). Fear of the unknown went out the window, and faith from above filled in my heart.

Little did I know this entire time God had big plans for me and a blessing that was He was saving just for me. It’s crazy sometimes how things work together and how fast they happen, which means it only happens by the power of God. It honestly feels like this new situation fell into my lap because it was His blessing for me. When things happen naturally without exhausting yourself, worrying and stressing over it, that’s how you know it is meant to be, for His purpose and something way greater than yourself.

And with that being said 94 days later…He came through like he always does. As hard as it was at times, I tried my best to stay true to his faithfulness and trust him with my life to overlook my mediocre plans and fulfill His. I Lost my job in March only to get a better opportunity 3 months later living in Houston, TX. The same city as one my very best friends since 7th grade with handful of other friends and family members, 3.5 hours away from my family in Dallas and most important exactly where God wants me to be.

Whatever it is you may be going through always stay faithful and continue to find His purpose for your life. Because at the end of the day his plans for your life will always be bigger and better than anything you could’ve ever imagined for yourself.

-Brittany