My life in Indiana has been pretty busy lately and different than anywhere else I’ve lived. I’ve been MIA from here, so I decided to write a little update on where I’ve been and where I’m at in life right now…
For someone who has always been a home body, I’ve been so many places. When I was 19 I had been back and forth with moving in and out of New Jersey, and lived in both Connecticut and Massachusetts for about a year each. Now I’ve been in Indianapolis for over a year and even just saying that (or writing that) is crazy to me. I never wanted to leave home and thought I’d live in my parents house forever but that clearly changed about six years ago. The past year and a half of living in Indy has brought a new view of life to me. I know that sounds cliche, but it’s true.
So far, I’ve completed a year and a half of school at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and I’m excited to say that I only have two semesters left. FINALLY. You have no idea how great it feels to say that. I graduated high school in 2012 and after transferring multiple times, changing majors, taking breaks, and losing credits, it has taken what feels like forever to get to where I am now. I started out at IUPUI last January majoring in journalism and public relations, and then ended up changing my major to communications. I’m going to stick to it this time, graduate in May, and hopefully pursue a career in racing.
This spring and summer has brought me some new experiences that I’ve been really happy about. First, I got a job at Dallara IndyCar Factory. I work in the part where they host different events for all different companies and businesses. For every event there’s options of green screen photos, simulators, street legal two-seater rides, and more. I’ve been working the green screen photos lately and the whole job has been pretty cool- especially when I worked there during the month of May!
I have also been updating the social media for Bloomington Speedway. This has been exciting for me because I had been really wanting to get into media within racing for a while. I was asked if I was interested in doing this, and of course I said yes. So now each race day, I post different photos and updates throughout the day. It’s a really cool track and after watching Tony race it multiple times throughout the past couple years, it’s been awesome to be able to run around the track and infield posting on their social media. I’m already looking forward to the next race there (July 5th)!
Last but not least, I recently began traveling to help sell merchandise with Americas Rallycross (ARX). I just got back to Indy from a weekend in Mid-Ohio and it was very different for me. First of all, rallycross is a whole different world to me. I’m so used to midgets, sprint cars and everything else I grew up watching. Second, I never thought I’d be a “merch” girl (yes someone actually referred to me as that this past weekend) but here I am. I will also be traveling to Canada, Texas, and then back to Mid-Ohio at the end of the season. Those of you who know me know that I LOVE traveling to new tracks and seeing new places, so I’m very excited about this.
It’s been really weird (in a good way) for me to travel and to work at all of these places on my own. It feels like I’m coming out of my shell more than I thought I could and saying yes to these new opportunities has made me feel more independent than I ever have before. It was intimidating to me at first but doing these things and meeting all these different people has been great so far. Moving out to Indianapolis has been one of the best things I’ve done and I’m looking very forward to seeing what’s in store for me next!
Until next time…