2014 was quite a year.
There was good: We explored a new area, got used to new jobs, and bought a house. And since this is a personal finance blog (I won’t be adding this around the thanksgiving table), I’ll add that we made more money than we have EVER made. I just got a raise (effective 11/1) and a bonus, and T got a raise (effective next June??!).
On the flip side, there were some struggles, at least on my part. My mom had heart surgery (and is fine now, thank goodness). I still haven’t figured out a solid running routine. I love the energy of the city, and going into it every day, but don’t love the commute. We are still getting established up here as far as friends go – it always takes me some time. My new job is challenging, but ways I didn’t expect. (Expected challenges were long hours, steep learning curve, possible travel. The real challenges to be discussed elsewhere, or perhaps nowhere.)
Last month, someone I’d talked to in my initial job search (a year ago) reached out to me about a potential position.
It is closer to what I was doing before, but maybe a little more awesome. It is less than 2 miles from our house. The work environment is known to be challenging work, but generally without demanding hours. The role won’t require much travel: perhaps 0 – 2 international trips per a year to somewhere I’m interested in visiting. A few more conversations, an interview that wasn’t really an interview, and finally, an offer. Then the icing on the cake – the offer was better than I anticipated.
I’m so thankful. I often wonder what we did to deserve this life, but I know the answer. Nothing. We did nothing.
We’re spending the holiday with my sister-in-law and mother-in-law. I hope you enjoy your holiday too! Happy Thanksgiving!