Saturday, December 15, 2018
10 Years and new leaps of faith
Ten years ago today, I took a giant leap of faith, and started my job in Washington DC. I left behind a job with a couple of years of funding lined up, a home and city that I knew, a community that I where I was "a big fish in a small pond" to move to a place where few people knew me, and the big fish had been here for decades. I split our family life in two, with two jobs, in two states, two homes, and lots of going back and forth.
We soon discovered Google Hangouts, aka, Google Video Chat, a free service that we use to see talk with one another nearly everyday, 30+ weeks out of the year, for the last decade as we have lived and worked apart. We have treasured the summers together, and the extended academic holidays that my sweet bear's job afford.
Ten years ago, I needed a change, this was a chance to "dance on the national stage." It was a big risk. I figured if it didn't work, I'd return to Kentucky, assuming that J would let me back in.
It worked. I liked the job, my boss is a saint to work for. I have done some good work, I have gotten noticed, I have made a difference. I have learned, and pushed my field to look at issues differently. I have been fairly paid (though I could have made more by changing jobs a couple of times.)
Jay has taught his last class, he is grading his last final exams. I am headed to Lexington today, for the move out and closing on the other house. I find the timing of my trip back to Lexington to be ironic, ten years to the day from when I started the job in DC.
We are looking forward to being under the same roof year around - new beginnings and new leaps of faith.