In the past 3 weeks, nearly every aspect of my life has changed, or will shortly.
- I started working full time for Thread, LLC, a social venture I have been with since it was an idea. In true start up fashion, this means I have been working harder than I ever have, but am essentially unemployed. Funding is coming, but it takes time, and we want to be sure all the legalities are correct. This means that I have stepped back into a socio-economic status I have not been in since I was a student.
- Being broke, means a whole new lifestyle outside of work. Luckily, I live in a city where 10 bucks means a night out, and I have adventurous friends who are happy to re-visit places we haven't frequented since being students. The artist, her boyfriend, and I went out last week and had 3 beers and 30 pierogies for $7.50. God bless Polish Hill. It also means I've spent a lot more time running, and cooking for myself. (I may start working on a book, which I will entitle "The Start-up Diet".) Being poor is actually making me healthier.
- My and Chris's landlord raised our rent by 10% this year, despite having done nothing to improve the apartment. This came after a similar hike last year. We love the space, but cannot justify the price increase, especially since the place is so expensive to heat and cool. Also, our landlord is largely absent, hard to get a hold of, and takes forever to fix anything. Anyway, this coupled with the fact that Precisely is ready to take on the world of adulthood by living alone, means that I needed to find a new place to live. It also made me realize, that I am not ready to live alone. So, at the end of next month, I will be moving to Highland Park. I'll be renting a room in a house owned by a couple, who have a puppy. There is also another tenant, who is a pastry chef. Just to reiterate, I am going to be living with a puppy I don't actually have to take care of and a pastry chef! It's just about the best temporary fix I can think of.
- I also celebrated my 25th birthday! woo! Which I guess means that I can rent cars more cheaply now, so who wants to go on a road trip?
Here's the thing though. April has brought a lot of unexpected tumultuous change. And while it has certainly come with a TON of uncertainty and A LOT of feelings, I have also never felt more at peace; with myself, with what I am doing, and with the knowledge that things will sort themselves out.