Well, it's about time for an update, yeah?
Today feels like a great day for that.
Because yesterday marked a significant anniversary for me, and I'm making an effort to move forward, while still honoring the meaning that it holds for me. It was the anniversary of the day that I met my ex-husband (we met on Earth Day, and this still makes me smile). We separated a little over a year ago, were officially divorced late last year, and to say that this has been a "time of transition" is kind of an understatement.
I've worked through a number of other changes as well these past few years in my career -- so it kind of goes without saying that I'm a little tired and managing my way through quite a bit of recovery. Shifting and moving through these different phases brought me to the point that I'm at right now, and I wanted to take a stab at explaining that -- where it is that I'm "at."
Currently, I'm physically in Huddleston, VA -- not an especially well known place. Huddleston isn't even a city or a town, it's an unincorporated community in Bedford County. And while the internet and cell phone reception out here is somewhat scarce (I'll drive to a nearby gas station to make calls sometimes), it's one of the most gorgeous parts of the country. I've been taking a ton of pictures.
To give y'all a little bit of background on how I got here -- a few years ago, I found my way to the Dallas startup community, and had the opportunity to meet and write about the explosion of companies and entrepreneurs building their businesses in North Texas. I learned a lot about myself through that, and I was able to work with (and publish stories about) a lot of amazing people.
Fast forward a bit to last year, when my journey led me to a completely awesome small business in Dallas called Soap Hope. I had been helping them with their marketing for about eight months, when another job opportunity popped up on my radar unexpectedly.
I accepted the new opportunity, and in January of this year, I started working with Insurgent Publishing.
Earlier this month, however, I resigned from that position. I did not make the decision lightly.
Sometimes it's just not a good fit -- sometimes we realize that we can't force something to work for us.
I don't regret the changes that I've made in my career path or the choices I've made for myself personally. I'm also beyond grateful for all of the people who have given me those opportunities.
After I resigned, I realized I needed some perspective and time from the life that I knew -- and I missed my parents and siblings fiercely. While I'm here on the east coast (where all of my wonderful family is), I plan on figuring out what my next steps look like. I'm focusing on what I actually want for myself -- there are many things I excel at, but that doesn't mean I want to do or be all of them.
There's a very good chance that I'll be moving on from Dallas, as well. That chapter in my life seems to have fully run its course. And, hey, I'm an Army brat. I've lived in Dallas since I started college there, and that feels *way* too long.
And while I spend that time focusing on myself and what's best, I'm enjoying the hell out of being single. I'm certainly still in a phase of accepting it, too -- accepting the struggle with loneliness, accepting support, accepting and understanding my own needs.
I've learned more this past year than I could ever write about.
But I do plan on writing about as much of it as I possibly can. Thanks for letting me share with you.