Without going in-depth, I made the tearful decision to leave my current job and accepted a new one this week. It’s going to be an emotional next two weeks as I prepare to leave the place I’ve called home for almost three years. It means a definite change in life, especially because I have four close friends here, two of which I consider to be best friends. If all my friends lived close by, life would be perfect!
Since I start my next job in three weeks, I’ve already started making preparations to move since I’ll be relocating for my new job. It feels strange to be moving all my stuff back to my hometown (temporarily) after moving out four years ago after college. I’ve started looking for places reasonably close to my new job, but in the meantime I look forward to having few bills (and more to pay off student loans!) Since I want to pay those off, I’m opting for cheaper living for the time being. The advantage is I’ll be working in the area I one day want to settle in and I plan on taking advantage of my schools tuition reimbursement policy to get my masters. I don’t want any more student loans and luckily there are ways for teachers to get their masters virtually free.
As you can see in the above picture, I’ve been doing a lot of packing over the last two days. I got boxes from the local ABC store and they were quickly used up. Luckily my amazing aunt and grandmother are coming tomorrow evening to take a load and bring me more boxes. I’ll take a second load sometime next weekend and then the following weekend my furniture and other things will be moved out. Phew! Hard to believe in 2 weeks I’ll be gone from here…but these things tend to happen fast (in my experience).
It’s also been a great way to purge a few things through sales and Goodwill donations. I have a few things to take to the bookstore and sell still, but there are 81 things (and growing) on their way to goodwill in the near future. This move might allow me to complete my ‘Get rid of 500 things’ goal I set to complete in the next 3 years!
The next few weeks will be bittersweet and will mark the end of one chapter of my life and the beginning of another. This is an awful lot of changes coming right before my 28th birthday! Still, I’m excited for the future in a way I haven’t been in a long time. It’ll be nice to be close to family and close friends again, but it’ll take a while to get over not seeing friends here almost everyday.