Hope everyone had a lovely 4th of July weekend and that yours was not super lame like mine. I've been sick and spent the 4th coughing and feeling winded by a 6 minute shower. Spending 4 days in the toolshed with no cable, a lack of excitement about all of the changes ahead, wishy-washy and sad break up thoughts, and Zyrtec D just isn't fun. Thankfully I'm better and was able to take two of my students swimming today.
Some of you have asked me about my next step, so I am finally blogging it. My commitment in Nashville ends on July 31, and it's sad to think about leaving my students and friends here. I have been so blessed in relationships here in Nashville, so I'm glad that I won't be all that far away.
Long story short (leaving out all of the conversations, exploration, prayer, etc.) I am taking an "of counsel" position with a law firm in Dalton, Georgia, which is only 20 minutes from my family. I will be a contract employee and can work as little or as much as I'd like; my plan is to work 4 days a week. I hope to work one day a week from home. My hope is that this type of position will allow me to live a life that reflects my priorities, giving me ample time to volunteer in a ministry similar to the one I work with now as well as serve my church, friends, and family better. And of course gives me more time to just be. And if I don't like this job, I figure legal work just isn't for me:)
Since Dalton isn't a place I can imagine living, especially while I'm single, I'll be living in Chattanooga, TN. That gives me a 25-30 mile commute, which is a drag, but I think it's worth it. Plus there's no traffic, and in the past, non-traffic commutes have not bothered me. I figure the gas cost will bother me more than the time, but we'll see.
Despite the fact that this job exceeds my "ideal job" that I wrote about in my journal months ago, I'm not excited. The break-up with Carter and leaving my good friends, church, and great (and relatively easy) job here is sad. So now I'm trying to get excited about these changes and pump myself up about how fun Chattanooga is going to be. If you know anything great about it, let me know.
p.s. I am thankful for Rolos. I've eaten a package almost every day for over a week now. Yummy! I am also grateful for fun friends who ended my birthday with me two weeks ago at Maggie Moos. Also yummy.