The short version: I'm alive. So is Michael. Our house is livable (unlike what you saw in this post), and I'm listening to Murder in the City by The Avett Brothers on repeat.
The long version: It's been more than four months since I showed up to this space. It's harder for me to show up online during the summer—friends are visiting, the sun is shining and the last thing I want to do with my free time is spend it staring at a glowing screen. I also had so many changes happening in my life and I never thought to record them here. Here's a quick rundown of what's gone down in the last four months:
- A freelancing job I had for five months ended in May. It was a blessing to have this job on the side, because the income from it played a huge role in offsetting house costs. Believe it when people tell you that spending money on a house doesn't stop once you buy it. The freelancing gig took up a lot of my time, and forced me to work every weeknight evening and on weekends. I loved working with the organization and was grateful for the opportunity, but I definitely do not miss it.
- I've been busy working on other house projects. Once my freelance gig ended, I was able to fully embrace being a homeowner. Up until this point, I hadn't had any time to work on house projects, let alone clean the place (this didn't bode well with my clutter-hating husband). Met with summer's warm weather and excited about having my evenings and weekends back, I threw myself into cleaning our house and tackling the mess of weeds that is our yard.
- I quit my job to start a new one! This happened in June, and was a turning point for me. Although I grew professionally while working at the creative agency, it was time for me to make a change for my career. I was contacted by United Way of Greater St. Louis to interview for a newly-created position in their marketing department and was offered the position a few weeks later. The job change was exciting for Michael and I in many ways, and I'm happy to be involved in the nonprofit community in St. Louis once again.
I put a lot of ideas for this space on the backburner during my break, but I can't wait to jump in with posts on freelancing, house updates, living conscientiously and AirBnB. I hope you'll join me!