Well, I had a 5 year plan put together as of last year. I knew where I wanted to be, and I knew how I wanted to get there. I thought I had things figured out. I had a budget, connections, and a knowledge of the city I was looking at. To those of you that don’t know me well enough, the goal was to be in Austin, and to be either working a job and being creative on the side, or working by being creative, whichever worked out best.
Well, today, after a rather dispiriting morning, I decided I can’t really put it off as long as I was originally thinking. I’ve been in my parents’ house for going on three years now. It’s not where I want to be. I’m an adult, I’ve graduated college, and I was ready to go live life. Life just didn’t seem to be ready for me yet. This morning I just started to reach a point where I don’t want to be here anymore. It made me look to the future, and realize that I really need to make a change. That meant my budgeting is now out of whack and the state I wanted to move in isn’t possible. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make a smooth transition from job to job.
I do know, though, that the jobs that I want, that can lead to me doing something I love, are down there in Austin, waiting for me. I can’t make them work from this far away. I need to be there to take those chances. That’s why I’m hoping that within a year’s time, I can make the move from Indiana, to Austin, Texas.
To do that, I’m going to have to scrounge nearly every single dollar I make. I’m planning for the possibility that I won’t be able to make the move with a job waiting for me. That’s why I’m flowing as much of my paychecks from now until at least the end of the year into a fund just for the future move. It would give me a bit of stable ground to stand on while I’m there (which includes some more than gracious help from one of my best friends, who’s currently there) on the hunt for a job. It was pretty daunting to look at my budget originally, since the free funds are being constricted so much, but now that I’m getting used to the idea, it’s going to be a good thing for me, at least for the most part.
This will give me the chance to read the books I have stacked in my room that I haven’t made it to yet. Just a warning, it’s a huge amount of books. It’s gotta be hovering somewhere around forty at this point. I’ll hold on to Netflix, but even with that, it will also give me more time to write and more time to try and ride my bike again.
Originally, this idea felt horrid, but now, I can see that it leads to nothing but good things, even though I’m having to sacrifice some things I was really wanting to do in the near future. A trip to Austin on my vacation week was one of them. I hated to turn that one down the most. Once I got to thinking about it though, it really is the better choice.
Yes, it would be great to go for a week and feel the energy of the city all over again, but it’ll be even better to go and live there, and then feel that energy every day. It makes me think that no matter how hard this experience will be, it’s going to be the right choice in the end.