I am entering my third week of severance. So far I think I have maximized my time, kinda. I have been alerted to the simple fact that this has been a life change that will likely take a bit of time to "get over" and that I should allow my brain to do what it needs to to get ready for the future. This includes watching True Detective in the middle of the day. 

Week 1: Austria. 
grüß Gott!
I took a vacation from life. Easily done when you have friends who are caregivers and are only interested in making sure you are satisfied and happy. In this department of life I am rich beyond imagination. I have some amazing friends, many may not even realize their importance in my life. This is a priority. 

Austria was amazing. Silly little learning moment here: did you know that mistletoe really does grow in a ball high up in the trees? I guess it does this here in New England too but I just have never seen it!  

The views in Austria are stunning. The people are easy. So friendly and kind (at least all the ones I met). The food is pure. The water is clean and the way of life seems to be with the emphasis on the tenets that matter. Some how these folks managed to get me to do something that terrifies me... skiing. I skied in the alps at Kasberg. For real. From the top, down. I can earnestly say: I am good. I never need to revisit the experience, but I am sure glad I was able to embrace the growth and try it one more time. 

I loved all of it. I loved my friends. I loved it so much I want to go back many more times with folks I love in tow so they can experience it. 

Week 2: Home and Hearth. 
Nesting can't be the word, I am in peri-menopause but this is what I have been doing. I have been arranging and re-arranging and "Marie Kondo-ing" my house. (Who knew this adorable person's name would become a verb?) 

Paperwork is managed. Possessions kept all spark joy and I have streamlined my house so that I am no longer kept away from doing tasks I love. The excuses are essentially gone. I have created joy. Time to get to it. 

I am going to try and re-establish a morning routine off my phone and Instagram.

Week 3: Moving forward. 
The week ahead will be the toughest yet. I need to get my professional life set up correctly. Calling recruiters, fine tuning the resume and making my LinkedIn sparkle. All of this is almost too much to think about. The notion of self promotion is almost a foreign country to me. This is a task I have to move on sooner rather than later and I am a bit ... bewildered. 

I have my new safe space to work from so I think this challenge will be fun rather than daunting. I will keep you in my loop as I try to get there. 


Just a few pictures of me smiling. 

If front of Mozart's place of birth in Salzburg, Austria
I believe this is Sisi's palace grounds in Salzburg, Austria. 

On my way to the top... 

My lunch at the top of  Dachstein. Schmecht gut!
It goes on for miles at the top of the world. 

Cozy space.


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