Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yoo-hoo... Psiu!

It's time to dust off the blog y'all.

Let's back up a bit. August 2011 to August 2012: ouch. Rough year.

There were a few positive highlights though:

One. My apartment, which I moved into in January 2012 (many thanks to my friend and landlord, Rick), is spectacular. It's in a hip location in the South Loop, on a high floor, with enough sunlight that plants actually grow--in spite of me. I have coveted Lake Michigan views to the East and some nice cityscape views to the South.

Two. I had enough foresight to realize that a good project to distract me with something positive would go along way in providing a touchstone of sanity while I dealt with re-entry shock. I started a masters program as soon as I returned to the states. Excellent move. I will finish my tailor-made program with a final project to take place in Brazil in March 2014.

Three. I ran into Yemi at Macy's. When she called out to me, I didn't know who she was. It turns out, she had worked at the shop across the street from my old apartment – prior to my move to Brazil. She remembered when I told her that I was preparing to "leap" - expecting the net. She said that I inspired her. She told me that she shared my story with many people in the five years between our meetings. I was stunned and grateful.

Of course, I cannot neglect to mention the friends and family who helped me get through it. You know who you are.

August 2012 to August 2013

There's an old line: "What is for you won't pass you by." There were plenty of times that line made me feel sad. These days it feels spot on. In August 2012 the tides turned in my favor once again. I landed a job I really wanted. Every day I feel grateful to work at one of Chicago's most iconic museums. I do feel that, for the foreseeable future at least, I have arrived at exactly where I am meant to be.

So two years have passed since my last post from Brazil. Tonight, I'm at the airport in Newark, New Jersey, sipping a lovely wine while I await my flight. I'll wake up in Lisbon, make a dash for Porto, and do what I love. Explore. Meet. Adapt. Mark. Transform.

(Don't ask me about the blog photos. I had a Picasa-debacle and I'm still sore about it. I suppose I'll fix it, someday.)

See you across the Atlantic.
Jenny, always in Havaianas