If you told me in February or March of this year that I would actually be satisfied with where my life was by the end of the year, I might have thrown something at you.
Our long-awaited constuction project began back then, and at first it was very exciting. Work was happening on the project and we were living in the romantic rustic backdrop of a writer's summer cottage. Yet, within a month we were dealing with a frozen washing machine, a master bedroom that the heat never reached, temperamental oven burners, a mouse invasion, an incontinent cat, a leaking roof, and host of other things that just didn't work.
And that's not even touching the fact that I was not working, and we were paying rent on that place on top of our mortgage. I was still herding kids in two languages, dealing with intense sibling rivalry, the trials of toilet training, and the agonizing question of whether T was ready for Kindergarten.
To say that I was stressed is a bit of an understatement.
But we moved back into our house in late July, T passed his Kindergarten evaluation with "flying colors," and days after sadly turning down what was, for many years, my idea of a dream job for reasons of salary and schedule, I got a great phone call.
A friend and former co-worker was part of a team lauching a learning management system at their offices, they needed some help and he felt I could do it. I went in a spoke with a hiring manager and got the offer on my birthday! It's a contract postion, but open-ended. I go into Boston two days a week and work from home the other days. It's just enough for me to feel like a grown-up again. I have reconnected with a lot of my old train friends and some professional colleagues. In a lot of ways I'm in a better place career-wise than I was when I went on maternity leave and never came back. How often does that happen?
And while packing up for a trip to New Hampshire this weekend, I paused at the windows of our master bedroom and surveyed the back yard (a view we never had from the second floor in the old house). I realized I had never in my life been so satisfied with they way things were. Sure we still have our challenges, but they are manageable. Compared to where we've been, life is pretty good right now.