I once called the seacoast foreign. I now call it home…
by Doug Ridley
It’s been one year since Ashley and I moved to New Hampshire. Leaving a secure job, health insurance, retirement, a house, and a community that I had grown up with was terrifying. It was necessary though and probably saved my marriage. Ok, that sounds a bit dramatic, but it’s true.
Over the past year I’ve learned a lot. Not enough, but I’m getting by ok.
- I learned how quickly unemployment eats at your soul. Words like doubt, worthless, frustration, and uncertainty quick overtake optimism.
- I learned networking isn’t all that scary and talking over coffee is easy.
- I learned having two cars was a waste and I should have sold my car six years ago.
- I learned my wife is stronger and smarter than I am. I always told her she was, but now I have proof.
- I learned $5,000 is nothing and that you better have a back up plan.
- I learned diversity is something that’s important and it’s missing here on the seacoast.
- I learned how important New York City is to me.
- I learned three jobs is crazy and unsustainable.
- I learned a beer with lunch makes the weekdays more bearable.
- I learned it’s not what you’ve done, but what you’re doing.