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I once read a post on a friend’s blog – My Interior By Design – that went like this:

1. Healthy things grow.

2. Growing things change.

3. Changing things challenge us.

4. Challenge forces us to trust.

5. Trust leads to obedience.

6. Obedience makes us healthy.

7. Healthy things grow.

Change.  It can be so difficult.  It can be so good.  It can be a pain in the butt!  Changes have really hit me as I adjust to life in a new state (and yes, sometimes I walk around during my day with the David Bowie song, “Changes”, stuck in my head).  For example, in the state of Georgia, you get your driver’s license from the Department of Driver Services (or DDS), but then you go across town to a totally different office run by the county to get your car’s plates.  Never had to do that before, and the idea sounded awful – two different offices to complete a task that I used to be able to take care at one?! Come. On.  Well, it turned out to be a rather painless and efficient system, because it took all of 20 minutes for both my husband and I to get our car tags, so…yay! 🙂

Another thing I’ve been adjusting to is not knowing anyone around here.  Well, I’ve got my neighbor, who’s been really nice, but she’s much older than me, so we probably would run out of things to talk about if we ever found a place we both wanted to hang out.  I really drive myself crazy at church or Starbucks, which are both places I used to go and see friendly faces.  Oh, well, the faces are friendly enough around here, too, but none of them are familiar.  That doesn’t stop my from scanning every face, trying to find someone familiar!  Still haven’t found one.  😦

It’s hard to think back and remember that only 5 years ago, I was in the same situation in Virginia.  I had just moved from the Midwest, where I was born and raised.  Friendly strangers, low humidity, and cold weather were all I had known!  Needless to say, moving to the East Coast/South, living 20 minutes from the ocean was quite a culture shock!  I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t have a job, and I didn’t have a clue where to start!  Fast forward half a decade, and as we packed up all our earthly belongings (besides the ones that are still being stored in my parent’s basement), we said several teary goodbyes to people who had become close friends.  People who I had never known existed a few years before are now some of the dearest people to me. 

And now, I look forward to living that all over again, even though I have no idea what the process will look like, and it probably won’t be all that fun sometimes, but one day, I will be able to look at my life and smile at all the wonderful people who have come into it at different times, in different places, and made it so much more special.

So here’s to growth, change, challenge, trust, and obedience!

2010…Oy!  What a ride!  The first few months were alright, but April thru December have been quite the rollercoaster ride.  It has been one transitional phase after another, and let me tell you: I am itching to settle into a routine again!

To summarize: Within a matter of days, my grandmother passed away and my  husband lost his job (boo!).  Then my little brother got married (yay!).  We put our house up for sale in a nearly impossible market (boo!).  Our house actually sold (yay!)!  My husband got a job offer – in a different state (yay!).  We moved from our house to a friend’s apartment to an extended stay hotel into our new house in Georgia (boo!).  We got to travel to Mexico and Minnesota and visit friends and family during the holidays before my husband starts his new job (yay!).

*Whew*

I’m actually kind of looking forward to getting back to our new place in Georgia, just so I can start unpacking and establish something that resembles a daily schedule!  Oh, and bonus: I get to start my own job-search, only this time it’ll be focused on something that I can do from home (yay!). 😉  And of course, I’ll be able to focus on blogging more regularly and keep you all updated on my new life as a southern housewife and my job search. 

So, here’s looking at you, 2011!  Here’s to a clean slate – a new year, a fresh start! 🙂

I read over my email for the 5th time in the last 2 days, corrected a word here, added a comma there, and attached my document.  Deep breath.  Ok, check one more time…recipient email? check. Subject line? check.  Should I read it one more ti…no, it’s fine.  Ok, ready, set…  I hold my breath…  Click.

Oh boy.  I did it.  I just applied for my first event-related job. 

Maybe it doesn’t sound like such a big deal to you, Reader, but I guess “firsts” are always the biggest deal to the people closest to them.  Yes, it’s the one I mentioned 2 weeks ago (see my blog post Wanted: More event experience!).  So I was a little nervous and had to rally myself (with some help, of course).  🙂  But I did it!  And whether or not it turns into a new job – or even an email reply – this will be my first career leap in this direction, which makes it worth the while.

So, I know that I really enjoy working events…I’ve helped out with several, and even co-coordinated a few.  But, as I check out my options for finding employment in my newly-desired field, I have to admit, I feel a little intimidated.  For example, I spoke with a friend of mine who works locally in the event/meeting planning industry, who referred me to a job opening.  I checked it out, and it would be a bit stretch, but it wouldn’t be the first time I applied for a job that was slightly out of my reach.  Last time I did that, I actually ended up the top four candidates!  But, as I poked around on the company website, I found that the other three people who currently work in the very same position that I would be applying for all have 9 to 26 years of experience in their field.  Anyone else in the staff with less is apparently just an assistant.  Woof!

In the meantime, I’m getting involved at my church – the women’s retreat is coming up in October, and I’ve been asked to lead the opening session! 🙂  We’re doing an “around-the-world theme”, and I’m going to do a short presentation on Australia and lead a devotional.  While talking to the pastor’s wife, who is the head of our church’s women’s ministry, I also was able to get my name in to help with future events.  I thought it was kind of funny when she was shocked that someone would actually enjoy making reservations and setting up decorations.  Apparently, not everyone is as in to that sort of thing as others. 😉  Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to working on more events!

Oh, and maybe I’ll apply for that job anyway, just for kicks. 🙂  I mean, it couldn’t hurt, right?