Before I stopped working in June, I borrowed three cardboard bankers’ boxes from a friend, and filled them with notes, pictures and other items I’d accumulated over 22 years at the same job. This morning, I was very happy to return one of the boxes.
Emptying out the last few items yesterday, I felt like I’d reached a milestone in my post-downsizing journey.
Although I’ve been chipping away at the other two boxes as well, having a completely empty box means that my progress is now measurable in a new way.
I didn’t give myself a deadline for going through everything, and sometimes I wonder if it’s taking longer than it should.
But, deep down, I believe that it will take as long as necessary, and the important thing is that I’m moving forward.
I didn’t blog on Tuesday (the other day that I post work-related thoughts) because I spent the day traveling home after a family wedding in Sacramento. It would have been easy not to post anything today too.
In my first post, on July 9, I wrote that I was starting the blog as a way to keep writing, bring structure to my day, and figure out – or evolve into – what’s next in my life. As well as focusing on writing/journalism and career paths, I planned to write about food, which I do on Fridays and Sundays (food in general, on Fridays; and chocolate specifically, on Sundays). I realize now that the blog is also keeping me accountable, and serving as a means to measure my progress while I figure out what’s next.