26 November 2012

Being home with family this week sort of recharged me. It was nice to just get away and rest for a bit—something I really needed. It also gave me time to think about a lot of things…

I think I’m going to start looking for a semi-permanent home here in Chicago in the next 5 years. I love this city, and I love the family of friends I’ve built here. I want to put down some roots and stay for a long time. So I’m going to start researching, but ideally I’ll be looking for a flexible, long term lease (so I can do some renovations/decorating), or possibly some sort of condo.

I still don’t know where I’m going career-wise, but I’m not really worried about it any more. I’m doing well with my job, and I still get to pursue my passions on the side. However, I will be cutting back on some activities yet again to free up even more time for writing.

I’m in an “update your wardrobe” mood. Which means going back to that failed plan of “The Great Wardrobe Purge” and actually following through. Still hoping to get rid of about 40-50% of what I currently own. I’m ready to look like the director at work, yet still fit my own personal style. Things that say “hey, I’m kind of a real adult now with a legit job, and I look good.”

I want to start dating again, but at the same time I’m kind of indifferent about the whole thing. My life’s slightly busy, but not in a bad way. Basically I’m more interested in finding someone to go have fun with, who I can also make out with… otherwise I’d be happy with my current social life with my friends.

I’m re-evaluating my blogging goal and might be refocusing some direction. I don’t want to call it “blogging with purpose”, because seriously, it’s just a blog. But I would like to be a little more focused on a few different areas, all while still keeping this a personal blog. We’ll see.

I’m enjoying being 28 and transitioning further into adulthood. I’ve got a good life, and I’m really thankful for it. It’s time to continue moving forward, and keep having fun.

  • #2 is a Very Good Thing. I feel like our generation gets caught up in the notion that pursuing our passions means that said pursuit must be a career. It doesn’t have to be. You, Erini, could be a cubicle-dwelling accountant and it wouldn’t take away an ounce of your vibrance and the fun-ness of the person you are. Sometimes a job is just a job, and that’s okay – we need money and stability to pursue those other passions!

    Also, I wore my red and white Mario socks yesterday and thought of you 🙂

    • Erini

      I’m trying to teach one of my sisters the same lesson. At Thanksgiving she made a comment about how she feels like the only kid who doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. I promptly lifted my hand and said, “me neither!” 🙂 Tried to explain to her that though I do enjoy my job, I don’t know if I want to do it the rest of my life. I’m just having fun exploring and seeing where life takes me. So far it’s been pretty awesome.

      🙂 Thinking I’ll get down to visit sometime before spring. I’ll let you know.

  • I’ve been thinking about jobs a lot lately too. Most of my friends have career type jobs, but I still have no clue what I am going to do when I get back from Korea (which is happening sooner than I am comfortable with). After a year of planning to come here, and a year of being here, I am done with teaching and will basically start over when I get back — I am kind of okay with it.

    Also, I think it’s great you are planning to settle down in Chi-town.

  • I am majorly needing to revamp my wardrobe too. Darn twenties have finally caught up with me and I’m starting to really get annoyed by the lack of young, fun, vibrant clothing in my closet. Everything either seems too old and stiff or too high school. I am feeling a shopping trip in my near future.

    • Erini

      Finding that balance between fun and adult in clothing can be a challenge. Granted, part of that is because I refuse to give up on my pink houndstooth hoodie that’s got sherpa lining and faux fur around the hood. Looks like it belongs on a 13 year old! But oh so comfortable!

      I have found that shopping in both Juniors AND Misses helps… you can mix & match pieces and I’ve had some luck with it.

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