Forgive Me Followers, for I have…
It has been 6 months since my last post.
I. Am. A. Slacker. Can you believe we’re already into March 2015? MID March, no less. It has been quite the adventure since we last spoke, but I’ll try to make it brief.
In October of 2014, we decided to put our house on the market. I was driving 37 miles one way to work and it was taking its toll on me and my family. With two small kids, there was little time for any quality interaction. My budget was eaten up monthly in gas and oil changes. Yup. I had an oil change every month and a half! EEGADS! So we spoke with a realtor and our house sold in negative 7 days.
Yes. I said negative 7 days. We decided to put it on the market on a Saturday, had a list of things that would get it in tip-top-sell-shape, and got an offer the following Saturday from a pre-list search on my agents team lists. By the end of November, we moved into my in-laws home and kept searching for a place close to work.
We walked into a little townhouse that whispered to us – all it needed was our family to call it home. We fought for this place, through two denied offers, and won! I am now 8.5 miles away from work each day and have put 10 hours back into my family life (instead of in the car!). It’s a little smaller, with no yard (yay!) and nothing to maintain outside of our main walls. To some, it may have been a step back or down, but for us, it means a step up in time, money, and family value.
After all of the holidays settled down, I began selling candles again, but I’m not really sure how to do that, so I’ll tell you more about that some other time.
Today’s Big News
I finished school. Yup, that’s right. I’m officially a graduate of Grand Canyon University with my Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Management. Summa Cum Laude and all that jazz to boot! I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment – a full-time job (that had a good 6 months worth of ROCKY terrain), two kids 6 & under, selling a home, buying a home, and being voted into a board position of my local chapter of a construction association… phew. I’m out of breath just thinking about it all. All that to say – if you want something, go get it. If you get worn out, lean on your support system. If you don’t have a support system, build one. If you can’t build one, email me. I’ll cheer you on. This is one of the most gratifying and rewarding feelings… but it has led to a little bit of laziness now that homework doesn’t drive my evenings.
Floating on Air
Yes, I’m pretty happy right now. Speaking of that day job of mine. I love it. I’m learning new things about benefits, my director is honest and straight forward about my strengths and my weaknesses, and values my ridiculous amount of self-awareness. I am in the process of being certified as a CM-LC – certificate of management in lean construction. WHA?!? I’m hoping to supervise in the near future, I think, but I’m nervous about that wish because people frighten me… along with the difficult decisions that sometimes come with supervising their work.
The kids are doing pretty well at their new school, and we’re slowly learning where to buy good, healthy food, instead of ordering delivery (now that there’s way too many places that deliver to us!).
Life is settling down, and we’re trying to have some fun in the process.
The Butterfly Museum!
Happy Spring, my friends.