Good morning, knitting friends...while I wait for the city to thaw out, I have had plenty of time to think about life and whatnot, and have come to some really awesome conclusions.
Actually, I don't know if anyone will agree on the "awesome" part...but to me, these decisions and conclusions are seriously of that magnitude.
I was walking around New York for Vogue Knitting LIVE back in January, and I realized something. I freak out over nothing sometimes. For as even of a keel as I tend to live, I sometimes over-think something to the point where I can't sleep, and working overnight makes this problem worse. Anyway, I was contemplating changing jobs because the only part of my "old" life that I have left are my job and my house.
Well, guess what? I sold my house. Two weeks before the Super Bowl, when NOBODY buys real estate.
And as I was eating probably my six hundredth slice of pizza (the pizza is not far from the top of the list of reasons why I adore New York), I thought to myself, "Why am I doing this?"
So I went back to work after my vacation and told my boss I wanted to step down to overnight stocker, instead of maybe Loss Prevention Manager or something else where I am suited more compatibly. After getting approvals from about seven different humans, literally, I went from making $72,000 per year to $11.25 per hour. And I couldn't be happier.
Then, something great happened. I was asked to join the list of bloggers for a British website called loveknitting.com. I get to write a knit tip for them every Monday and a product review every Friday, so instead of knitting just for fun, I get to knit with purpose! I know this sounds like the worst nightmare for some, but I get to try every type of yarn, needle, notion, and what-have-you and tell people what I think of it.
Then, I was also asked to be the guest speaker for the Windy City Knitting Guild this July, where I get to talk about my column and the Yarn Crawl.
Then...finally...in addition to selling my house, I bought this adorable condo on the northwest side and it is closer to everything I could ever want in life.
Basically, my life now consists of knitting, writing about it, and running my real estate company. The job is just a way to pass the time so my brain and body can vacation from the desk and creative process. I have the best life ever!
Meanwhile, this week's product review for loveknitting.com is going to be about Eucalan. My house currently smells like grapefruit, which is a way better smell than the phase I'm in at the moment. See, I love moving. I'm great at it. This will be my thirteenth move in seventeen years. And as much as I want to see if this is "The One"...home, that is...I don't care because I love living somewhere new every few years.
For now, though, I am headed to bed so I can go to the Blackhawks game with a dear friend, and then go to work. And then I shall knit on my lunch break and have everyone scratching their heads at me. Goodnight.