Saturday, April 28, 2012

Another Turning Point?

Things have come to a head with my struggle over home time with my company. In addition my doctor has expressed some pretty specific concerns about some of the apparent effects of the trucking lifestyle on my health. The next few days are going to be...interesting. I am not sure what is going to happen yet, but something is going to change and when it's all over (and the smoke coming out of everyone's ears clears) I hope to have a new work arrangement / situation that will allow me more time at home - one way or another.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Things are Awesome

So much has happened, I'm not sure where to start!
First of all, I have officially moved to Washington. I live less than an hour from Seattle in a small cabin that shares five serenely wooded acres with my cousins' house on Whidbey Island in Puget sound.
The house I now live in together with the local community that I am quickly becoming part of is everything I ever wanted in a home. It really is a dream come true. We even have chickens and a goat!! The fact that my neighbors are family is a huge bonus.

Trucking? Yes I am still trucking and loving it. I may gradually transition to local life but that time will come of its own accord as new opportunities present themselves. Meanwhile I have a job that I love and a home that is paradise.

I know in the past I have expressed extreme reluctance in paying rent somewhere having lived rent free for the past five years, but there are several factors that make this an exception: first, I am renting from my cousins so my rent is helping family - something I have been wanting to do anyway, and now I am contributing and getting a LOT in return. Second, the price was right; I now have my own house for what it would cost to share a room in Southern, CA. Third, the place was right; if I had designed my dream home myself it would have been exactly like this - actually come to think of it, this place has some awesomeness I hadn't even thought of. Fourth, there is the possibility that I might be able to buy the cabin or at least be a partner owner. Details are still being explored; but even without owning it the rent is still pretty dang reasonable as are my "landlords."

Other awesome things: I am looking into selling prints of my digital artwork which is pretty exciting, and I now have a place to record music, and possibly in the relatively near future may even have a studio space.

So yeah. Lots of really exciting things happening and my "life-serenity meter" is registering the difference.