2017-10-01 Looking Back and Looking Forward

I didn’t realize until just now when I typed out the date that it was October first. Well, I knew, I guess, but I had not really thought about it. Until now. That means I have officially been unemployed for three months.

In month #1, July, I dedicated my time to adjusting to my new found freedom, attempting to connect with lots of people, and taking a nice vacation with the kids.

In month #2, August, I dialed back the connectivity and put more of a focus on having a good balance. I started eating better, sleeping better, and getting plenty of exercise. I worked on my garden quite a bit and got the kids back to their normal school year routine mid-month.

In month #3, September, I continued what I started in August but had set a few goals for myself. Chief among them was to figure out what I was going to do next. I can’t say I finished any of those goals but I’ve made good progress. It was during this month that I think I’ve really started to feel great about life again. I went to Austin to visit friends and have enjoyed getting together regularly with Simon. I guess since I did not finish the things I intended, that’s a good place to start for my 4th month, October.

I may not have gotten things “all figured out”, but I did take a huge step forward in a certain direction. One might even call it a leap of faith. Late last Friday night I finished putting together all of the requirements in order to submit my application for graduate studies and the University of Nebraska. The deadline was October first (hey that’s today), and so when I finally made that decision, I had to act really fast to get transcripts, recommendations, and other required documentation. My application is now pending review. Yaaa-Hooo!

I’ve also done a little bit of networking and trying to figure out what I am going to do to earn a living while I am actively participating in this new adventure. I’ve had some more flashes of brilliance around this topic so October will be dedicated to researching all options and really starting to solidify some plan. I think it’s all about skills and connections. Last month I worked on the VENN diagram of career choice and at the time I was very focussed on what “job” I could do. I was thinking very much inside the box and now I’m crawling outside the box to have a look around.

All in all, I am really looking forward to October and as I make my list of goals for this month, I can’t forget for a minute that I need to do some planning/vacation prep for our next big trip, which is at the end of this month. More on that in the days to come.

For right now, my eyes are getting heavy and I think I will have to delay writing up any official lost of goals for October. Needless to say, I’ve got more this month than last month so I hope it will all work out.

~Miss SugarCookie

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