Leaving my cousin’s house after early Sunday morning coffee, I was running by my aunt’s house to grab a set of keys. As I drove by what used to be my grandfather’s farm and home, I took in the early spring beauty from the variety of greens displayed by the budding trees and renewing grasses. Then I exhaled. In that moment I knew that I was where I belong, where I was meant to be. My entire body exhaled. I was home.

My new year’s resolution for 2020 was to update my resume, find a new job and move back to Kentucky. I spent the first two months of the new year editing and polishing a new resume. I was ready to roll on March 1. That plan did not work so well.

Fast forward to November 2021 when, on a lark, I downloaded the Indeed app to see what jobs were available near the farm. Only one job met my search parameters. I felt as if the job description had been written for me.

After an interview process slowed by devastating December tornados, I accepted the job in early March. Six weeks to the day of acceptance, I had moved and started the new position.

When COVID put the brakes on life as I knew it, I used the time as constructively as possible. The abundance of down time gave me the opportunity to work on myself through a combination of reflection, spiritual learning and practice and a daily yoga practice. This power combination not only changed my attitude, but it also helped me clarify what I felt was my next step in life.  The ending of my social life as I knew it created a windfall that allowed me to get completely out of debt.  Those two COVID results put me in a place where I could make a radical change.

I am home. I am at peace. I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

21 thoughts on “Exhale

  1. Writer McWriterson says:

    I am so happy to hear all of this.
    2020 has taught me many lessons that I needed to hear, and my life has changed for the better. I’m delighted to learn that yours has as well.
    I’m so glad you’re able to exhale. 🙂

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  2. Eilene Lyon says:

    How gratifying it must be to have everything turn out as it should be. You made the effort to improve your life when so many flounder or procrastinate forever. Good for you. Congratulations!

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