Starting a New Life
Later this afternoon, Brian and I will close on our 1 bedroom condo we've lived in for the past 2 years. (He's lived there for 4!) This closing comes with both great excitement and a little sadness as its not just the closing of any house, but it's the sale of our very first home together. The exciting part is it's the beginning of a whole new life.
For the past 5 1/2 years, I have lived in and around New York City. I moved here at the age of 21 and had great plans to become a high-powered ad agency executive, only to find myself hating the entire industry after a mere, oh, 5 hours. (Okay, maybe not that short of time, but it only took a few months for the glamour to wear off and me to realize this was not what God had called me to do!)
At the time I moved here, I was starting a new life, so I guess I'm coming full circle. The only difference is, this time I'm starting it the right way--I know what I want to do and I know who I am. I also have far fewer fears than I did in 2001. The last go around, that's what I was searching for--me. Thankfully, over the course of 5 1/2 years, I have found myself and a new career path (I'm a teacher!) Not to mention, I found a wonderful husband (new life #2) and life became normal (as normal can be in New York City), peaceful and full of joy. Something, I'm not sure I ever really knew as an adult.
Fast forward to today. Brian and I sold our condo in Jersey City and have moved into a temporary apartment in Manhattan (with mostly just our clothes and our cats--plus a few sentimental items I wrestled away from Brian as he headed to the trash can!) We will be staying here for exactly 2 months while Brian finishes some projects at work. As soon as he's done, we'll trek cross country for 1 month in our 30 ft. RV visiting friends and family along the way until we reach Los Angeles. On November 1st we will board Qantas airlines bound for Sydney, Australia where we will begin a whole new life. . .