Monday, May 11, 2009

Finding the Light at the End of the Tunnel

To quote one of my favorite bloggy buddies out there “I love my life and I love that I can say that.”

Several months ago I read that on Shannon’s 20sb page and for some reason it stuck with me. I loved the concept of such a bold statement in all of its simple complexity and I hated the fact that I couldn’t say it about my own life.

While I still had a good man by my side and a roof over my head it was admittedly not the ideal life. A far cry rather.

I lost my job. I put on weight. I had major health problems compounded by legal problems and car problems and every other kind of problem imaginable. I was irritable and depressed. Anxious and angry. My life was not the life I wanted or even felt I deserved.

I could do better. Be happier. I just knew it.

And finally I’ve found it. It’s been exactly 10 days since we’ve arrived in the Queen City. Our home is gorgeous (pics coming soon), our neighborhood is leaps and bounds ahead of the one we just left, the weather is gorgeous, the people are nice and the job market is, like I thought, a hundred times better.

Case in point, I’ve had 3 interviews and am looking at a possibility of 4 different jobs all paying more money than I’ve ever made in my life…and all of this has happened within one week of living here!!!

Now I don’t wanna get my hopes up. I know things can happen. Jobs can fall through and offers can suddenly disappear but I’m hopeful at the prospect of such a dramatically different job market. Even if I don’t get any of these jobs (even though all the employers seemed to LOVE me) I know that I’m much better off searching here than where I was.

Shall we recall the fact that I was laid off in October and searched Tampa’s job market incessantly to no avail for the following 6 months before we moved?!? The furthest I got there was 2 interviews for a serving job…and I couldn’t even land that despite the fact I have 6 years experience in food and beverage. No one would call me. Nothing was open.

It was a dead end.

But it’s completely different here. And for the first time in almost a year and a half I finally feel like my life is about to become something great. Full of happiness and love and success and peace.

And I love that I can say that.

22 comments:

thatShortChick said...

fantastic! i'm glad charlotte's been treating you kindly your first few days and weeks here.

i've just begun my official job hunt and i hope i have as much luck as you appear to be having!

continued good luck!

Miss Anne said...

this post made me so happy for you.
you twinkle my friend.

fingers crossed for the upcoming post where you show us pics of your new digs and tell us all about your dream job you just landed.

twinkle on sister, twinkle on.

:) and be proud doing so!

Sunshinemeg said...

Things sound like they are turning around! Good luck with the job stuff.

Jenn said...

i'm so happy that things are working out for you!!! :)

Shannon said...

I'm so happy for you. I really appreciate you taking my saying to heart and am so glad you are experiencing it. I can't wait to see pictures of your new humble abode!

Kylie said...

Big smiles to you! I hope everything turns around for you quickly. I know job hunting sucks. That's my only job right now.

Sending ~~good~vibes~~ your way. You'll get one of the jobs. You just wait and see. I think you've earned it!!

Danielle said...

Awesome! Such a happy, uplifting post! I need to move where you are :) Good luck with the jobs!!!

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

that is beyond fabulous! i'm so happy for you : )

Children of the Nineties said...

That's great! Sounds like everything is going well there :)

Courtney said...

Aww! I just got all tingly and happy inside reading about how well things are going for you!

Wishing you all the best of luck in landing that dream job, 'cause you deserve it :)

Can't wait to hear more!

Shoshanah said...

Good Luck! Hopefully one of those jobs works out for you!

Amber said...

Yayy! That's great to hear things are going so well for you guys already :-)

Mary said...

Wonderful! Welcome to Charlotte.

Matt said...

Good luck on the job front!

miss rambles said...

this post made me happy because am in the problem phase right now but i keep telling myself things will change and get better and seeing it happen to others makes me believe it will!!

amindinmotown said...

So glad to hear you're enjoying yourself in Charlotte, thus far. Are you living in the city, or outside it?

If you ever to get Mooresville, let me know. It's about 20 miles north.

Carina the Blogarina said...

An amazing thing to be able to say! I'm so glad things worked out for. Did yyou loose the weight? And how?? In desperate need of shedding some pounds mmyself...

Margarita said...

That's great! I'm glad you've found a happier life after your move! I hope your good mood continues!

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Anonymous said...

Wow, the cause of major smiles of the heart. It's certainly been a long and winding road, but just watch, greatness is about to start exploding all over the place. Very, very happy for you!!!!

You can do it Cinderellie!

Andhari said...

This motivates people struggling through a hard time ( yeah like me :P ) that there'll be a way out and a way to be happy again :)

I'm really glad you start to fit in and be happy about where you live now ;)

Wonderful said...

Yay glad you're still alive after your crazy car troubles & that you might have a job soon!!

Muppet Soul said...

YAAAAY!

Hoping I'm where you're at, and soon.

Queen City? Is that in Florida?


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