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Settled

Settled

Last week Cory’s company offered him a six-month job in Hong Kong. And we turned it down. I could give you a dozen reasons why we chose not to take this offer, but it really comes down to timing. As much as I love new adventures, I don’t like them when my current adventure still feels new.

This is all still exciting – being back closer to home, the farm, the chickens, the remodeling (except for the icky parts). I like where we are right now, and I’m not ready to make a change yet, even a short-lived one.

I know all of this would still be waiting for me in six months when we got back, but it would have lost some of its newness. And anyone who’s ever done a foreign exchange knows that more often than not, six months turns into twelve months that turns into eighteen months, and so on. I just don’t want to take that risk right now.

For me to turn down any sort of international travel has to mean I’m something different than I previously was. I’m going to go with content. Or settled. That’s what I am right now. Not old, not boring, just settled.

There’s things I’d like to see play out here before I decide to try something new.

So, Hong Kong? Ask us again in a few years and we’ll likely say yes. Unless, of course, Australia or London has gotten to us first.

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  • April
    March 22, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    It’s good to “catch up” with you! I understand what you mean about being settled. Our days right now are down right ordinary and I’m loving it.

  • Janette Johanson
    March 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Well, that is a good sign that he’s being offered such amazing jobs over seas… my Dad got a job in Saudi Arabia, and was overseas when 9-11 happened– he stayed over there for 8 years and just recently came back- the best part is the extended travel to places while you are over there– but I’m with you on finding your niche and wanting to stick with something and then maybe next time the offer comes, you’ll be ready to take flight!

    What did I just say!? I’m babbling I think..

  • Emily in Wonderland
    March 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    I think it’s great and I agree with you. All I have ever wanted was to be settled. It is my greatest desire in my life!

    I also have zero desire to go to HK. If they said rural France, that’s another story but i’d still hesitate over logistics. But I think I’d go. But it would be hard. For me, because I am not settled where I WANT (I am pseudo settled, where I don’t want to be) I am open to a little adventure.

  • Karen
    March 15, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Being settled is perfect. I don’t know too many people that can honestly say that they are feeling content. I do, but my husband is always looking for the next adventure.

  • Jodie
    March 15, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Wow, what an amazing offer! Australia… would be amazing! I had a friend that lived there and she said it was a lot like the America!

  • Marie
    March 15, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Oh wow that would have been a great adventure, but you have to do what’s best for your family. If it was somewhere close to a tropical beach though it probably would have been a lot more tempting.

  • Purposely at Home
    March 15, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    where have i been?!?! you’re blog looks amazing!!!
    wow! hong kong? that would be an adventure…;)
    i hope you are having a wondermous wednesday, my friend. :)

    p.s. would you like to swap buttons?….:)

  • Emmymom
    March 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    That would be a big change. But yes, things like that never turn out time wise how you think they would.

    Glad you are happy being settled. I wish I could say the same… lots of rumors going around now, we might be moving at the end of May.

  • stephanie
    March 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I’m proud that y’all know what you want. that is far more than most people. get it girl!

  • Lauren
    March 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I’m glad that you know what you want. I remember you said that you lived overseas growing up, so I think it is interesting to see how you are living your life after that. I’m grateful for everything in my life now (living overseas), but I’m curious to see how it impacts me in the future. I guess I will see this fall when I go back to the states for college!

  • Mrs. Pancakes
    March 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    oh wow that would have definitely been an amazing trip….but there is nothing like being home!

  • Connie Weiss
    March 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I can’t even imagine living in another country. I think you’re right to stay put for now…..there’s lots of time for more opportunities.

  • CoolHandLucy
    March 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    As exciting as Hong Kong would be, Blue Skies @ Mandarin Bridge Mu Chang doesn’t ring as well. :)

    Take faith that you’re where you’re supposed to be.

  • Rebecca
    March 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    you are so right, timing is everything and sometimes it’s just not right!

    There’s nothing wrong with being “settled” it’s just another way of saying happy where you’re at! I’m sure Lots of adventures will be comming way!

  • Macey
    March 14, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    They’ve done this to my husband…Singapore. ICK!
    I mean. YAY! But not for me.
    My hubs always has gone but it’s never been as long as 6 months.

  • Impulsive Addict
    March 14, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Wow. That would be a big culture change. But Australia? Yes please! I would go there. Not forever of course. I would miss my family and friends but I know it’s GORGEOUS there!

    I’m glad he turned it down. =)

  • Jenn Bowers
    March 14, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    I don’t blame you one bit! I am settled here in my home and I couldn’t ever imagine leaving it. Settled can be a really good feeling.

  • Alyx
    March 14, 2012 at 6:01 AM

    I don’t blame you at all. Actually, I would love to be “settled” like you are now. Travel is fun, and living in a different culture is okay, too, but I can imagine that there’s just nothing quite as good as having not only a home, but your OWN home.

  • Kerry
    March 14, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    I hear ya! I completely understand this situation as you know, I am settled too. I like how you put it in this post, not old, not boring, just content and not finished there yet. I am sure other great opportunities await you guys, but you can’t go anywhere until I see that remodelling done on that gorgeous house of yours!

    I believe in timing, don’t worry – I am all too familiar with timing Xo

  • Amira
    March 14, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    Aww, I’m so glad that you are in such a great place in your life. Settled is one of the best places to be :-)

  • Emily
    March 14, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    Wow! Hong Kong! So far away, but such an amazing offer. I think that the fact that you even took it under consideration shows the adventure you have inside of you. But there is nothing wrong with being content with the adventure you’re in now. Glad to see you’re happy :)

  • Jessica McCoy
    March 14, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    How exciting to be offered something like that, even if it’s not right for y’all now. I do understand why you would turn it down at this point though. Hopefully it will come up again though in a few years :). Australia would be awesome!