it means the world when someone tells me they are inspired to visit new orleans because of this little blog. hope you enjoy the following snapshots and begin plotting your visit to this charming city.
People ask me if I miss living in Nashville - yes and no. I miss the welcoming people, the coffee, the craftsmanship, the loft, the peacefulness, having nature as my backyard. Nashville gave me time for myself without having to juggle a million expectations and helped me appreciate a quiet life and maintain balance. there are substantial reasons it is repeatedly named one of the best places to live. But, as you know, the minute I received an offer back home in New Orleans I leaped at the opportunity. What I lacked for Nashville is passion. I always knew it'd be a short time there; it was just a matter of when and how.
When you are responsible for your own financial well-being you have to be calculated but comfortable with the risks of starting over. In short, you need to make sure bills get paid. While my eyes weren't gleaming about the market research industry, I was genuinely excited about being a part of a promising start-up. Without getting too much into the nitty-gritty details, it didn't take me long to realize that this place wasn't a good fit. Mentally challenging: yes. Everything else: no. Unlike Nashville where I let things roll for nearly two years, I immediately listened to myself and quit. It was the best decision I've made next to moving back.
i've got the relationship and friends of my dreams figured out. The next task is finding a career that really fits. anything less would just be unfortunate and well, i'm not paying off a mountain of loans to be a button-pusher. i need the full package. couldn't be more excited to share that life is coming full-circle and tomorrow is the first day at my pseudo new job! remember the charter school i used to teach at? i now get to support my former school and students (now in 4th grade - ahhh) from a different perspective as their director of operations. hard to explain but my family calls me the chandler bing of the group since no one ever knows what he does for a living. heheh i'm ok with that.
at the beginning of this year, i resolved to be brave. moving forward it's about following through.
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I loathe obligatory gift buying seasons. While I prefer to sprinkle gifts throughout the year for my loved ones or take them out for fun experiences, this year I've got to keep a pretty tight holiday budget now that I'm a proud auntie to five beautiful nieces and nephews and the coolest little brother and sister. With the help of Black Friday's sales and the nifty Keep.com app (realllllly love this app), I am almost done and it wasn't so painful after all!