It’s been almost a year since I last posted. Let’s catch up.
Still living in Nashville. I started and left a job in a year and a half. It truly became soul-crushing in a way I had never experienced before. Loved the staff and my supervisors immensely, but I just couldn’t handle the nature of the work. I’m sure I’ll share some of my favorite stories soon. There are many, and they are doozies.
For the last month, I’ve been dabbling in different hobbies and art projects and applying to jobs that I would actually like to go to everyday. I haven’t received any calls back yet, but with everything being so automated now, I know it can take a while. That’s fine, really, I’m not in a rush. This is my chance to find a place of business that really mutually fits, rather than frantically trying to figure something out.
My husband left his job (the reason for moving to Nashville) a few months ago. He got an offer he couldn’t refuse, and is at an amazing new restaurant and is really enjoying it. Not gonna lie, sitting at the bar for oysters and wine is a great perk for me too.
Lately, I’ve been diving back into writing and actually submitting to different journals. Just that is exciting in itself, as I’ve never had the confidence or shamelessness it takes to put yourself OUT there.
Today is my half birthday. I’m halfway to 30 years old. Unlike most people, 30 really doesn’t bother me. Quite the opposite, actually, I’m excited to usher in this new era. Your 20’s are hard. There’s just a lot of floundering and wishing and working, but you’re not really sure for what or why. Just this last year alone, I feel I’ve grown immensely. And I know I’ve said that in the past, probably for most of the big changes, but dude. It’s just different now. I feel a sense of peace and knowing about myself I’ve never had before. If you’re in your 20’s right now, whether things are going well or terribly: The. Best. Is. Yet. To. Come. Don’t get weird or scared about getting older, it is the best thing that can happen to you. Start to look inward, start to really listen to yourself.
I do have a short list of goals I want to achieve before I turn the big 3-0. I want to quit smoking. If you have looked at my ‘lists’ even one time, seven years ago, this was on that list. But I’m three days in now, and I keep a list of reasons why I want to quit in the notes of my phone. When I start to feel the nicotick, I read that list. It’s helped!
I want to be published by the time I hit May 4th. This is pretty lofty, as I’ve just started submitting in the last five or six months, but I think I can do it. I’ve been working on pieces consistently, and I’m feeling more inspired now than ever before.
Working out consistently is on my list, and that goes hand-in-hand with quitting smoking. There’s a lot I just can’t keep up with physically like when I was going to the gym everyday, and I want to change that.
I want to finish a project I’m about to start with my friend Jamie. We’re in the extremely early brainstorming stages of it all right now, and it’s a secret, but I promise I will share this when we have something to share. I really wish I could just tell you all about it right now, but there’s no fun in that.
And last, but not least, I want to really pare down our possessions. We’re still in the same very small house that we originally moved into upon rolling into Nashville. We have half of our kitchen utensils we never use, a giant printer that hasn’t worked for seven months, and three boxes of my clothing that are still not unpacked. Yeah. A year and a half later. Obviously, these things aren’t necessities.
So, these are some things for me to work on while I’m job hunting. I’m also looking for useful online courses to take to keep sharp, so if you know of any great ones that are marketing/social media/clothing industry/web design/etc. focused, please drop ‘em in the comments!
Thanks for coming back! It’s been awhile, but I’m happy to see you.