Hiya there! Isn’t it crazy that January is finally on its very last leg? I am excited to move through the last few weeks of the winter months so we can spring forward. I’m rarely in my best mood when it is cold. Anyways, I hope the year has been good to you thus far. It has been good to me!
One of the biggest things I did right before the first day of the year was move out of the Washington D.C. metro area into the suburbs of Maryland. Insert “scowl face.” It shouldn’t be a big deal, right? It’s not like I haven’t lived in MD before and it is not necessarily in the middle of nowhere. However, it’s huge for me, because I dubbed myself “The Metro Chick,” but I moved to a city without a metro station. Living that far out of the city is like OMShit, but as the days roll into weeks, I’m appreciating each day. Here is to a city girl living in the 'urbs. Yikes!
I have a confession; I’m nervous about getting a 9-5. I haven’t had one in a while, and, it is so not my style. So on a whim at the end of November, I applied for a seasonal administrative position at my hair salon. What? I still have to pay the bills in this transition manna season. Anywhos, I got it. Who would have thought? I wasn’t expecting to, because it was truly a spur of the moment decision while scrolling through Instagram. I decided to take it anyways, and I didn’t think I’d enjoy it. But OMG, I loved every single day and encounter, and I didn’t realize how much I miss working with other people. It was busy over the holidays, hence seasonal, but things have slowed down, and I'm now on call. I know once I get a stable job, and when wedding season starts, I may have to cut it off OR NOT. Lol! For now I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. I learned joy can be found in places and in things that may seem or look like they are not up or down my alley.
Did I mention that I finally stepped away from babysitting? Well, I did. When I started JostWrite, I took on babysitting and nanny hours to supplement my income, and I kept at it even when I started Crystiana Events. I loved the extra money, and it was truly a great distraction from the ugly side of the entrepreneurial life. It also gave my life a routine and rhythm. However, in the last three years and as I got busier, I cut down on my hours. As much as I loved the distraction, the tempo, extra cash and my munchkins, I couldn’t keep up. I know it’s crazy to let it go in the same breath that I’m letting a lot of other stuff go, but I’m in transition ya’ll. Many things and people have to go for what I want to manifest.
My mom simply said, “One door has to close for another to open.” I know she is right.
This year, instead of jumping right back into applications, I chose to be intentional about where I apply to. I reached out to the organizations, companies, and individuals I want to work with. It has been an eye-opening, interesting, affirming and a learning experience. I am using this season of REST to explore, refine and define. I’m starting to understand more what I want to do and with whom I want to do it with. Of course, this is a journey, chips will keep falling, and things will keep evolving. I’m okay with that. What I thought I want today may take a different shape tomorrow, and I am learning that clarity of purpose is a journey.
I created my first ever 10 and 5 year plans during Thanksgiving, and then my annual year plan. For 2018, I secured an accountability partner. She is one of my best friends, but she calls me out often, lol [I need that in my life], and speaks the truth in love over me without flinching. I do the same for her. She is perfect for this role in my life.
This is the year of Bae! Come hitherto boo and let me change your life. :)
And that's it for my first Currently Living post of 2018.
What has been happening in your 2018 thus far? I want to hear all about it.