Mid-Summer Thoughts

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Years ago I set in motion a series of requests (dreams?) that I’m realizing are now coming to fruition. Some of these requests are from childhood and others just a year or two old.

One of Each

When I was around ten, I had a fascination with Ewoks and naturally the movie Caravan of Courage. I watched this movie so often eventually the tape in the VHS cartridge wore out. What I loved the most about this movie was the brother and sister duo, Mace and Cindel. Something in me longed for an older brother and even though at the time I had no interest in ever having kids, I thought about how cool it would be to have two kids one day: a boy and then a girl.

Fast forward many, many years and I have exactly that. A boy and a girl. And while they might be in a phase of occasional bickering, my son looks after his little sister much like Mace did in that movie.

Twinkle Lights

In other moments of life, I’ve felt my friendships were lacking. Until I realized they weren’t.

But I still craved friendships in my daily, current life. Now a year after the move, I am noticing little flickers of light showing up in some people around me. Definitely, potential for full-blown, trusting, caring, actual friendships. I’m looking forward to the unfolding.

Slash/Slash Career

For years, I have been on the search for a career; that *one* thing that I do that takes all of my focus and drive. I longed to fit in a box, an easy way to describe what I do with one or two words. You know, something that would be listed in a drop down on an online form.

Yeah, that does NOT exist.

You may have heard of a Slash Career, but one slash won’t do it for me. I need at least three. Or four. I’m finding that to be happy I need layers of different types of work.  As one layer begins to slow down, another layer comes flooding in… the well is never dry.

I absolutely have moments of overwhelm and that usually occurs when the tide is shifting. As soon as I tie up one of the projects I’m working on, I find relief. I usually max out at four or five projects happening at one time. Anything more than that, the pressure is too much on me and unfortunately, my family.

So that’s where I’m at right now. I’m settled into my life up here and my Slash (slash, slash, slash…) Career – the type of career that doesn’t come with an elevator speech or drop down box. And that makes me happy.

Where are you finding your happiness these days?

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