They say the five most stressful events in life are: childbirth, death in the family, moving, loss of job and divorce. I guess that makes me an expert across the board. What I wanted for Christmas certainly wasn’t two out of that frantic five.
After 15 years, my attorney boss gave me my two weeks’ notice just before Thanksgiving (Thank you!) due to health and financial reasons. With the bounty from Unemployment (not even half of my salary), I’m packing up my life and moving across the state to live with my recently widowed sister who is opening her door to me, my son, two cats and office. I plan to be settled in time to set up my Christmas tree.
The last time I moved after a divorce was 10 years ago (and frankly, that was a much happier circumstance). I’d forgotten what a nightmare of organization goes into pulling up stakes. Throw in job searches . . . No wonder I’m down to five hours of sleep, if that. Too bad stress doesn’t deal similarly with my weight.
But amazingly, my WIP is still flowing, giving me a support line I didn’t expect, an escape into normality in the midst of chaos. Another life ring is my circle of writer friends both online and in my home state of Michigan where the move will keep me within the embrace of my critique group and Mid-Michigan RWA chapter. Things to be thankful for!!
Here’s looking forward to a brand new 2016 in every sense of the word with a new window on the world.
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