If we were having coffee, it means I’m emerging from another hermit stage. In all the changes over the past month, I’ve become a recluse, hardly seeing or reaching out to anyone besides my parents. I’ve definitely been tossing my blogging schedule out the window, but I just didn’t have the will to sit and write. Plus, I didn’t want my readers to drown in my negative attitude. So, although I continued writing in private, my posts have been limited.
Thankfully, things are looking up. I’m here again in the metaphysical coffee shop with you, ready to talk.
If we were having coffee, you’d know that orchard season is finally over! Yesterday was our last day. In many ways, it was a wonderful season. All our records were smashed–we had the biggest crowds, biggest harvest, biggest sales. My family is really thankful for all the people who came out this year, but oh boy… We are exhausted. It’s been a long haul, working six days a week for the past three months. I’m really looking forward to having normal weekends and a manageable schedule again.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my birthday on Tuesday was an absolute blast. Although I spent the first half working, I took the afternoon off. My mom and I went shopping at the Mall of America, where we both spent WAY too much money. It was good, though. I got new pants, a sweater, and some really pretty scarves. We had dinner at a fancy restaurant, where they gave me free cake. At home, I unwrapped gifts, which included a vintage typewriter! The ribbon is very faint, so I can’t use it at the moment, but what a perfect gift for a blossoming writer. I’m excited to put it to good use.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how my new job as Interim Director of my local Chamber of Commerce is going well and there is an end in sight. I finally have the day-to-day tasks figured out and the chronic anxiety is ebbing. We had a Board of Directors meeting last week, where everyone was really kind and encouraging. Despite feeling under-qualified and constantly stressed, I seem to be doing a good job.
That being said, we’ve been interviewing candidates for the Executive Director position and I think we’ve found the perfect one. If all goes well in the hiring process, I will pass the torch over to her in December. Which means there is light at the end of the tunnel on my end!
If we were having coffee, you’d learn a secret: My next big adventure might be just around the corner. No decisions have been finalized, but I’ve been exploring international possibilities. If things go well (and people actually return my emails), returning to Europe might be closer than I ever dreamed was possible. I’ll give more details as plans become solidified.
In the meantime, it feels so good to have a sense of direction again!
Now it’s time to pass things over to you. What would you share over coffee?
This post is part of a link-up at Part Time Monster