I’ve started and restarted this post so many times, but it’s proving hard to express all the things I want to express without it coming out super cheesy and flowery and eye-roll worthy.
And then I remembered my favorite gif.
That’s it right there. A happiness so bright I want to throw flower petals and spin on a mountain a la Julie Andrews. All because I’ve made a decision – a big one, one that was a long time coming and then happened all at once.
I’ve decided to become a Massage Therapist.
Yes, I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist for almost two years now but it’s always been Part-Time-Licensed-Massage-Therapist. Massage-Therapist-On-The-Side. I’ve worked here and there, some nights and weekends, on friends and family when I’ve had the time but it always came at a price. I was already exhausted from my full time job and massaging felt like a chore. I thought I fell out of love.
Over the past few months a series of (fortunate?) events led me to rethink this whole life thing. Yada yada, existential crisis, yada yada. I was content, sure. I was lucky and grateful for everything I have. But I lacked passion and one can only go so long without giving a poop (I like to keep this place family friendly). I needed to focus on what I love and what makes me happy and what would give me purpose. And also use that education I paid a boat load of money for, that would be nice too.
Have I ever mentioned my lack of patience? I’m basically the least patient person on the planet. So once I had come to this decision, I wanted it NOW. Cut to NOW, literally two weeks after I put this plan in place, I have interviewed, been offered, and accepted a job for a full time Massage Therapist position, and given my notice at my current job.
I get stuff done, you guys.
So what does this mean for the blog?
ALL GOOD THINGS. THAT’S PART OF THE HAPPINESS. JUST WAIT.
“Full time” for Massage Therapists at my new place of employment is 24 hours a week. Any more than that and we would collapse in a pile of ouch. Cutting back by nearly 50% on my weekly working hours means a RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF BLOGGING TIME. If you couldn’t tell from the caps lock I’m REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. Along with massage, writing has become another passion of mine and I’m relieved and happy that I will get to devote much more time to it.
To that end, I’m spreading my internet wings. While I can delve further into my previous plans for Wicked Cheap, I’m also going to be a contributor over at The Boston Day Book. I’ll be sharing ideas for cheap date nights there. It’s a series that I always kinda sorta wanted to add to Wicked Cheap but got left in the dust, so I’m really excited I found a place to share it.
I’m surrounded by really, really awesome people. Adam and family of course, but also some of the most supportive friends a girl could ask for. I’ve had my own cheering squad every step of the way and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.