If we were having coffee, I’d start off by saying hi! It’s been a couple very hectic weeks since I’ve joined the coffee share. I moved twice, lived in three different places, and was without wifi for a week. I’ve been preoccupied with getting into my own place, figuring out housemates, and continuing my job search. I’ve been learning a lot at the coffee shop and I’ve been feeling more comfortable (in some respects) with my position there.
If we were having coffee, I’d be delighted to let you know that I’m now officially a resident of the District of Columbia. I was so flustered and nervous when I didn’t have a place by August 1, but my college friend was so accommodating by letting me move in with her to her new place. I spent one week there until my current roommate and I had our DC place secured and ready to move in to. Last Sunday, we moved into a gorgeous, fully furnished house in a great neighborhood. We’ve signed a lease to live here until December, with the intention that we’ll be more settled into DC life then and have a bit more money on our hands to spend on furniture and such for an unfurnished house. For the time being, we are happy in our house for now. I met my roommate on Facebook, in a group for those looking for housing in the DC area, and she’s been great so far. We will have two more roommates joining us in the next month, including my good friend Phoebe, whom I interned with at the National Postal Museum in 2014! I love the way life can throw surprises at you if you allow it. Phoebe and I had so much fun together visiting museums and nerding out about history when we interned together two years ago and I never imagined we’d end up living together. She’ll be moving down here in a matter of weeks and I cannot wait for the adventures that will surely come our way.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit fan girling over the US Women’s Gymnastics Team at the Olympics. Holy crap are those girls talented! I watched them win their team gold medal earlier this week and I also watched Simone Biles and Aly Raisman win gold and silver, respectively, in the women’s individual all-around. They are such a talented and inspirational group of young ladies and I fan girl without shame!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how good it feels to finally have things coming together. It’s been my dream for so long to move to Washington, DC–even before I went to Thailand, it was my dream. I just had other things that I wanted to accomplish abroad before moving forward with following this dream. Really, it was the strength and self-confidence that I gained in Thailand that allowed me to move to DC without a job. It hasn’t been easy. There are still uncertainties. I’m not getting enough hours at the coffee shop to survive here and that’s scary. I’m in touch with a temp agency and am on the search for other full-time jobs. I plan on keeping my coffee shop job even after I get a full-time job with the intention of working weekends there, just because it’s so expensive to live here. So yes, there are a lot of things up in the air, still–particularly in respect to work. However, I have a place to live and I have some great roommates–things are slowly coming together and that feels amazing. I know, once I’m more secure here in DC with a better paying job, I will look back on this time in my life and be so incredibly proud of how I moved to DC without a job and made it. Because I know I will make it. I’m not quite there yet, but good things are happening. With a lot of effort and a little patience, good things will continue to happen.
If we were having coffee, I’d be ready to switch it off to you–and I’d ask if you have anything to share over coffee.
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part-Time Monster