Knowing what January and February usually entail (brrr!), I find it hard to celebrate Winter Solstice bringing longer days. I mean, I know springtime is coming, but there’s a heck of a lot of winter still to go. Anyway, as is my usual M.O., I haven’t blogged in a while because I don’t know what to say. I’ll start with updates and we’ll see where that takes us. Sorry if it reads like an old school annual Christmas letter. I promise not to much corniness.
Obviously, the biggest change is that we left Hawaii. It was certainly bittersweet, as it was such a special place but Virginia really is home and it was time. I spent a few months getting the house together. No major changes, but I freshened the decor and worked hard to make it into a comfortable, bright space that we really like being in. The 1000sqft we gained sure doesn’t hurt, I’m not gonna lie. And it’s a good thing we like being inside, because winter came way too fast and now I feel like we never leave the house. Not being able to take a bike ride to the grocery store or go paddling at the beach in the afternoons has been hard. We continue to struggle with the adjustment, and I think we’re both a bit depressed by it. Finding new ways to spend our down time will be a challenge, but that’s life.
So, back at the house, after the contractors stopped coming by, I found myself super bored and lonely. I started volunteering at the Junior Achievement Finance Park, which has been a blast. One to two days a week, I hang out with a bunch of eighth graders and teach them that adulting is hard. I had no idea what I wanted to do for work, but my sanity required that I do something soon. I passively looked and one day came upon a position that sounded great, but I didn’t think I could handle it as a full time job. A few weeks later they added a part time position, so I took fate’s nudging and applied.
Well, I’m so happy to say that I start next month! I will be doing personal finance counseling for clients facing homelessness or domestic abuse. I can’t believe that I’ve made the leap to doing this for a job. Three years ago I was lost and didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grow up, and now for the first time I feel like I’m going to be doing what I need to, right where I need to do it.
Well, that’s it for this quarterly (err, triannual) update. Happy holiday season. I hope to see more of all of you in 2017.