So while I've waited on everything to get sorted out, I've had to be creative in finding ways to kill time.
I have a few caregiver and babysitting gigs that have kept me afloat financially. But that has only consumed 4 of the last 14 days since returning from Asia.
I started making use of that gym membership that I've had for a year but haven't been to since August.
My dog has been most grateful for my time off because I've done a lot of time at the dog park, and walking her, and taking her hiking.
I spent a day driving aimlessly and ended up in Springfield,Missouri.
I've spent some time working on old writing projects.
But what I've done most is a lot of daydreaming and thinking about what I want in my future.
I have a work contract keeping me in Tulsa for 2 years. Then they will pay for me to get my Masters degree which will take another year. Then I'll owe them another year of work for funding my grad school. If I opt to do all that, then I am tied down to Tulsa for at least the next 5 years.
My starting salary is a few hundred dollars higher than I thought it would be. I've been looking for a rental home to move into because renting a bedroom is not what I want for the next 5 years. But as I've thought it over during my "vacation" I think I could save money by buying a home instead. That way I'm not wasting money on rent, and it will give me better chances on a mortgage on the quality of house I really want, once I am ready to leave Oklahoma.
I've been seriously considering becoming a foster and possibly adoptive parent. I've even met with some agencies to talk about it. During my thinking time, I've decided I don't want to become a foster parent until I am finished with grad school. I'll use that time to save up all my money so eventually I'll have a lot of money to help meet kids needs. I may reconsider being an emergency foster home for infants, as they tend to have their cases resolved more quickly than older kids.
I imagine myself adopting children some day. I want to wait until I am living somewhere I plan on being long term so that if I get older kids, I don't upset them by uprooting them to another state. However I may want to adopt a baby when I know I'm in my last year living in Oklahoma.
I want a place with lots of hills and relatively close to the ocean. I want lots of acreage, and a fairly large house. My current fixation is on New Hampshire. My brother has been talking about possibly wanting to go with me when I'm ready to relocate.
I'd like to have 3-5 kids. I either want to adopt them as infants, or take in a sibling group. I may want to adopt one baby while I'm in Tulsa, but any more than that I would want to wait until after I've moved.
My career goal had been to work in adoptions. But after interning in adoptions I see how extremly important it is to try to keep kids with their biological families. It made me interested in working with struggling families to help keep kids in their homes. And as it turns out, the position I've been hired in does exactly that. I'm excited to see where my career goes with that.
Those are my current thoughts about where my life is and going.