At the end of this post, I alluded to potential change on the horizon. At that time, I was one month deep in an investigative and list-making frenzy, mulling over a possible career change that would take me back to Porto Alegre, Brazil in mid-2015. A colleague who oversees an international school approached me with the opportunity to start a development office: the possibilities seemed almost overwhelming.
Here we are. I leave tomorrow.
It is vastly more difficult to leave Chicago this time around, though. As enthusiastic as I am for the new position and returning to my old pals, I felt really settled in Chicago. I had an apartment I loved in a perfect and central location; the good fortune of working for an institution and a boss that I admired; and an interesting and diverse circle to share great food, wine and repartee.
On the other hand, I will have all of those things in Porto Alegre too.
Maybe I just feel more rigid at 41 than I was at 33. Figuring that's the case, it's a good thing I'm opting in on this adventure. I want to be malleable, adaptable. I want to continue to change, to expand. Throwing my life in a blender is the quickest (though not painless) way to achieve that.
I will try to document thoughts and anecdotes on this site with some frequency (though I won't have as much free time as I did during my last expat adventure). Encouragement and feedback is most welcome: email link is on the left.