Monday, March 9, 2015

We Meet Again!

Well, well, well. Look who has re-entered the blogosphere!

I have wanted to write so many times, but I haven't been able to find the words to say. Or I knew what I wanted to say and thought twice before posting it on a public forum.

Now, I am two months older and two months wiser than I was in January, I can control my impulses, and I am ready to talk your ears off again, you lucky sonsofa... See? IMPULSE. CONTROL.

Here is the TL;DR version of the past two months of my life:

- Loved my new job and coworkers and clients
- Started looking at buying a house
- Quit my new job due to unforseen circumstances
- Got sad and stressed out a lot
- Started nannying (Whaaat?!)
- In the process of closing on a house (WHAAAAT?!)

None of this has been easy, and I have definitely been isolating myself for the past two months. I don't think I need to explain all the anxiety and depression and blah blah blah. No one wants to hear a sad story.

I have learned things from this experience:
1. Living in Florida is not a cure-all (but it still beats winter in the Jerz).
2. I have been so focused on helping on other people for my whole life that I really, really have not cared for myself like I should have been doing.

When you start floundering, you are going to drown unless you ask for help and start swimming.

So, I stopped panicking and started swimming.

I am not going to pretend that I feel good about taking a break from the counseling profession. I feel very ashamed and like a complete failure, even though part of what led to it was out of my control. However, I think a majority of that feeling comes from worrying what other people think of me for going down this path. I spent my whole life trying to avoid kids and become a counselor for adults, but I have never felt happier about a job than I do about helping this family take care of these kids. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME? I do not know. I am a lost and confused soul, but happy with where I'm at right now.

I make no sense, but I don't care.

At this time, Eric and I are most of the way through the house-buying process. Our closing date is tentatively March 31st. If this works out, I will be pretty damn happy. If it doesn't work out... then it doesn't? Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on :)

You can look forward to reading all about my nannying antics, which I promise will be very amusing. They will be called the Chronicles of Lauren, a Four-Year-Old, and a Newborn. It will probably contain stories about princesses, tantrums, getting peed on while changing diapers, and lots of other fun kid things. You can also hear more about my existential quarter-life crisis (lucky you), as well as home decor and crafty projects!

Fun times ahead on SunshineBound. FUN. TIMES. I'll try not to get peed on too much, though...


  1. You go girlfriend. The pee washes off. The princess parties are fun. The closing will go well and Don and I wish you and Eric the best. Keep be up to date. Just text. Remember you have family here who can help.

    1. Thank you Aunt Terri. We DO need to get together, for real. I have been saying this for a year and have just been out of control busy. Once this house thing is settled, maybe you and Don can come up and see it! :)