I recently blogged about some significant changes in my life and freelancing career, and then I announced one of the bigger changes, that I'll soon be leaving my part-time nanny job.
The other change isn't entirely a change for me, but will come as a surprise to many of my readers. Although I never announced it (aside from some vague mentions of changes), I've been separated for nearly two years now, and have been going through a divorce since summer. We're in the home stretch now, though, and the divorce should soon be final. Although living on my own won't be a change, the divorced status will be, and there are some other, related changes, too.
Up until about a month ago, I had been living in a studio, still in the relatively urban area where I'd been living throughout my marriage. The romantic notion of a writer living in a studio appealed to me, but in reality for most of that time I was working so much I was hardly home, and most of my stuff was in storage. A month ago, though, I moved into a new, bigger place. I have my cats back, I have my stuff out of storage, I'm closer to the barn, and I have a place where I can live and work and be happy.
The move, the divorce, and the job changes all make me feel like 2016 is giving me a chance at a fresh start, and it's exciting. I haven't yet entirely decided what I want to do with this opportunity, but thanks to the sale of the marital house, I should have somewhat of a cushion while I decide. More and more, though, I'm thinking I want to pursue freelancing full time again, at least for a few months, and see if I can rebuild my business to the point where I can fully support myself and my horses.
So many exciting changes. Bring it on, 2016!