My new life in Philadelphia – Recap of 2011

It’s a little late for a 2011 recap, but like I said in my previous post, I’ve written some notes on Facebook that fill in a lot of 2011, or at least the parts that I wanted to write about. I want to give you my current update, for you guys who are and have been following my journey from growing up in a small town in SC to becoming a city girl in and around Philadelphia.

The theme of 2011 for me was “adjustment” and also “humility”; Two things that were difficult and that I have yet to master.

In November of 2010, my husband and I were [not] not surprised to learn that the house we had been renting since that summer was about to be lost to us and that we would have to leave. Just months later we had made plans to move to Savannah, GA but when the offer fell through, we found ourselves crammed in my old bedroom at my parents’ house, all of our things in storage, waiting to be moved into a house that we couldn’t move into after all (read about that here).

When we decided to move back to PA in March of 2011. It was a risk that we decided to take because we could do it at a moment’s notice. So we did. However, the 800 mile move was quite a blow financially and we had no idea how the change was going to turn out, but thanks to my mother-in-law we had a place to live until be got back on our feet. Enter “adjustment” number one [besides the obvious culture shock]: our new place to live happens to be a basement with only 400 sq. ft. of usable space. Our previous home was a grand total of 2400 sq. ft. But that wasn’t the only adjustment I had to make. My basement has no working bathroom and no kitchen area. I’m only thankful that I don’t have to leave the house for the kitchen or bathroom, but I do have to walk up and down the stairs a lot. Pehaps later I’ll post some pictures so you all can see where I’ve been crashing.

Difficulties aside, I LOVE Philadelphia. You can read here and here about 2011’s adventures.

So here’s the my current update:

The hubby and I are finally seeing business pick up. We were pleasantly surprised at our income for the month of January (yay!!) and we’ve made some improvements in the basement to make things more comfortable. Since we’ve been here for a year (almost), I decided that it was time to trust that I was in the right place and the right time so I settled down and made it work; after I got over not having my own everything lol. (WHOLE other story)

Monday night, I went downtown to my first Girl Geek Dinner. It was so nice to get out and mingle with my own kind =) There were a bunch of geeky ladies there in numerous tech professions. I can’t wait for the next one. This year, I’m really trying a new approach to marketing. I just want to meet people. After four years, I have learned that the real goal of marketing is to built relationships and be real with people – business follows.

In this past year I have really learned a lot and a lot has happened. 2012 has been good to me this far. I’m looking forward to the rest. I’ll post more specifically about things I’m learning and doing in separate posts.

On the 7th of this month I’m flying down to SC for my sister’s tech school graduation and to see her off to South Korea where she will serve in the Army as a mechanic. I’ll be there for a week and then I’ll be flying back to Philly. I can’t wait to see my other kitties and my little sis and my friends. Exciting but I’ll bet I miss Philly while I’m there =D (Read the about page for more)

  • Welcome back to blogging! I found your site by clicking your name from the comment you made on Carmen’s blog (Life Blessons). I really enjoyed your post for today! Thanks so much for sharing your journey! Keep posting :)

    • Jackie

      Thanks, Clarissa!

      I’m a bit rusty at blogging but I hope you enjoy =)