Why'd I leave my job? Working for my last employer was like being in a relationship with a bipolar boyfriend. Also, I was planning on moving out of the state, back to Idaho, by the summer. And, I had decided I was going to focus on my own digital marketing business.
|My son Ezekiel, right, with our younger cousins Nicole & Robin.|
In regards to moving back to Idaho, nothing seemed to come together. The stars were simply not aligning for this mission. By the end of the summer, my son had decided he was happy to stay in Grand Rapids and make it his home. He talked about getting roommates. Since the resources to move out of state failed to make an appearance -- and leaving my son to move 2,500 miles away didn't make much sense -- I decided to follow his lead. After all, Grand Rapids is great place to live. It's the second largest city in Michigan, it's affordable to live here and most of my family -- who have proved to be a marvelous support system -- live in West Michigan. Plus, I can't deny the pull of the Great Lakes. I love being near the water.
Ultimately, through some soul searching and values developing, I decided I was DONE being a gypsy -- picking up and starting a whole new life so far from people who love me. Afterall, I'm not in my 20s anymore. I'm not even in my 30s for goodness sake! I'm at a point in my life where I am truly craving to plant deep roots, call one community my home and maybe even find the love of my life.
My cousin, Dawn, the one who manages the restaurant, and I decided to become housemates and are renting a large 4-bedroom home close to downtown. My son, Ezekiel, is our third housemate. He works at a screen printing business and happily lives in the attic room.
Now, as the leaves begin to turn vibrant colors, I'm looking for a job -- maybe it's a part-time job that allows me to build my business on the side. Or maybe it's a whole new career in which I can grow and retire. More on that later.
But for now, what I've learned over the summer, is that I really love my family and I'm very blessed to have them in my life -- my son, my father, aunts, uncles and cousins. I need them, and I think they need me. And before finding that love of my life I mentioned earlier, I'm determined to find the career of my life. So let it begin...