Thank you to all who commented on my last blog, "Maintenance: Nirvana?" It always surprises me when others are interested enough in what I write to read and comment on it, and I appreciate it!
Life is a bit chaotic for me right now; lots and lots happening.
I have been walking (and walking and walking some more) in preparation for my first Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Seattle. I was blessed to get connected with an amazing team, Kindred Spirits (some here know just how awesome that team is!), so that made fund-raising more doable, and I feel like I'm as trained for walking 60 miles in three days. That means not a lot of running for me, and not a lot of anything else on the weekends. I'm looking forward to what I know will be an emotional tim8 e; I'm walking in memory of the people I have lost to breast cancer and other forms of cancer, and that has expanded to include walking in honor of my teammates who have battled cancer themselves.
The company I've worked for since 2001 is also in the midst of packing up to move to Arizona. I considered going with them--for about half a second. We moved to the Northwest for my job 18 years ago this month, then I was laid off. Moving for a job unless it's to an area I actually WANT to live in is not even remotely an option in my mind. My husband is finally in a job he truly enjoys, my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson are here, and I love the Northwest. Nope, not moving for a company that could at any time decide I'm no longer a good fit for where they are headed, which is most definitely a possibility. They have not offered any kind of severance package for staying to the end, but I'm fine with working for them until they move and even doing some contract work for them if needed afterward. I do and know things that no one else is ready or able to take on immediately, so I expect more than one phone call as they settle in and figure out what they area doing. If it doesn't happen, that's fine, too, but I'll be surprised if there aren't a few panic calls for a bit, and possibly a trip or two to help get them set up and understanding things.
So where does that leave me as far as work is concerned? Unemployed and ready to explore my options. I should be in a panic myself but I'm not. My husband has been unemployed more times than we care to think about, and we have managed somehow. No, let me correct that; God has provided for us, although not always in the time or way we would have liked. I have started doing network marketing with a skin care line that is the best I have ever seen, so I'll see where that goes while looking for a full-time job. I'm also working on some jewelry that I plan to post on Etsy once I have time to get good photographs and price that I hope will help with fund-raising for next year's 3-Day Walk (yes, I'm already signed up!). One thing I'm looking forward to is having a little more time to spend here on SP and support my friends as I get my bearings after the walk and the move.
Changes, lots of them. That is the one thing you can count on in life: there will be changes, whether you like it or not. I'm taking the changes that are coming one at a time and trying to view them as an adventure rather than merely stress, which leads to anxiety (and often emotional eating--I am staying AWAY from that as much as possible!). Life is nothing if not an adventure, right?