2018: A Year in Review
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I’ve always loved the tradition of the end of the year Christmas letter, that wraps up the entire year in one letter. This is my version.
A Short Review
At the beginning of 2018, we were living in Cottonwood, AZ, a couple hours north of Phoenix, and 25 minutes from Sedona. What I loved about living there was being able to take in so many gorgeous hikes around the Sedona area! Devil’s Bridge, Cathedral Rock and Chicken Head were all breathtaking, and I will always cherish that time!
Because we were primarily working in the Gilbert/Mesa area, the drive to and from Cottonwood honestly became too much. Because we full time RV, we were able to utilize our Thousand Trails membership to take advantage of the resorts in Mesa and Apache Junction. It was really our first time experiencing a resort lifestyle, and to be perfectly honest, I will probably always prefer that lifestyle now! (Yes, I’m spoiled.)
At the end of May however, the company we were both working for laid us off due to what they called budget cuts. While we were sad, we were also ready to embark on what we thought would be full-time travel. The plan was to head to Texas, to see E’s daughter’s high school graduation, then see Southern Texas before we took off for the upper Midwest and East Coast to experience fall color.
Once we made it to South Texas, plans completely changed! On a day trip to South Padre Island on a beautiful sunny day, the kind of day that makes the Gulf water a jewel tone, I took one look at E, and said we needed to stay here. I missed the ocean, and felt at home.
I landed a job almost right away (within 2 days actually) as an office manager at one of those resorts I’ve fallen in love with, and so here we are! As it turns out, I absolutely love what I do, and we still get to live our RV lifestyle with all the amenities! I’m looking forward to growing with the company I’m employed with, and know that this is where I’m supposed to be right now. E is still trying to find his way, but we are confident that the right opportunity will fall into place when it’s supposed to.
Biggest Lesson Learned
I learned that nothing is forever. Losing a job that I was very good at was a gut punch, but more to my ego than anything else. When I think about it now, it’s probably the best gift received this year. I’m grateful for that lesson.
I think the biggest lesson I learned this year is that I don’t have it all figured out, and that is totally ok. I also learned that I’m a lot stronger than I ever thought, and much more open to the fluidity that life likes to throw at me. I never ever thought that I would get laid off from a job, and I never thought that we would end up in Texas. these things just never occurred to me.
As it turns out, I love this place. I love my job. I love having the time to work on this passion project of mine. I love the community of other like minded people I’ve met this year. through this platform, I’ve been given the gift of community. A gift I didn’t even know I needed, but I am so very grateful for.
As we wrap up this year, I want to take a moment to thank you. I am grateful for what you fill my heart with every single day. Some say that blogging is a lonely journey, but I can’t say that’s been my experience. I. have never felt more love from a community than I do now.
It’s my hope that your journey this year has been filled with challenges that have made you stronger. It’s my prayer that you are happy, healthy and ready to see what lies ahead in 2019.
Happy New Year!