As I've alluded to, but have not come out and said . . . I quit my job of 2 1/2 years two weeks ago to become a nanny for the most beautiful little three month old, Johannah. It was a very difficult decision in my head, but in my heart there was no doubt. I am at a point in my life where I wish for my daily decisions to constantly improve my mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
At the time, I could not image all of the benefits of my decision. I seem to have more hours in my day (even though the hours are the same). I would drive around 45 minutes each way and by the time I got home, I'd be ready for bed for the night. Exhaustion was a constant partner.
My center of balance, metaphysically speaking, seems to be much more constant as I'm staying in the city. Even with my bus commute, I feel more grounded and like I'm not traveling very far from home -- which I'm not as it's only three miles compared to the fifteen miles I was driving each day. I'm constantly here and in the present and as a result, more fulfilled.
We talk walks each day, up and around Albany Park -- which is odd at times as I spent a semester living at Kimball and Ainslie during my Urban Studies time. Being outside in the brisk air has been such a blessing. My lungs and my legs are pleased. Even my ten minute walk from the bus is refreshing. I'm so excited for the snow to melt so I may ride my bike each day.
Mainly, I tell you all of this to explain that I'm really really happy with my decision. At times I feel separated from good friends and a little weary of talking "baby" each day. But I'm so excited to watch her grow and change. I'm grateful for the time to put into this blog, my business, and my family.
In honor of my renewed use of public transportation which had been minute at best for the last few years, a tribute to the CTA!
CTA Steps by terralily
Chicago Transit Necklace by LePhotique
Decoupage CTA Nap Frame by Zenia
Black and White Chicago Train 12x12 Photograph on Canvas by Rebecca Plotnick