Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Comin' Up Roses
Now that the summer has come to an end, I feel like I can finally talk about what's been happening in my life all these months. Some things were very stressful, and some were very happy, but I didn't feel like I could put any of that happiness or sadness out into the world while I was still in the thick of it. I feel stupid about that now, because it's probably exactly what I needed, but it all felt too personal and raw to me at the time.
Over the summer my visa issues were ongoing, my au pair job (which I had been doing for two years) ended abruptly, I began the process of looking for work in a foreign country, I found a job that turned out to be the worst job I've ever had and made me absolutely miserable for 2.5 months, then I quit that job for the sake of my happiness and self-respect without having anything else lined up. It was a very low point.
At the same time, however unclear and daunting the future seemed, a few things happened that gave me hope the universe was on my side. First, I got a fancy new writing job! On the same day I had my interview for the worst-job-ever, I also interviewed for a dream-job-of-sorts in journalism. The project ended up getting postponed, at which point I started writing freelance for French Living, but now it's back in full speed and I'm starting next week. Though I've written for websites in the past, this was the first time ever that people wanted to pay me to write and that is a dream come true. I was also finally able to resolve my visa issues, and hopefully I won't have to think about that again for a very long time. But the biggest, most amazing, great, fantastic thing that happened to me this summer was that I secretly got married! I'm going to write more about this in another post, but I'm really happy we did this and I have the best husband ever.
Finally it's all just good good good.