I feel so much pride when I take a look at the projects Thomas and I have managed to make headway on in the past year or so. Blogging ultimately is my dream job, and so a lot of my pride has to do with the fact that we’ve managed to make this whole blogging thing work out as a career.
Looking back on the content Thomas and I have produced in the past 2-3 years is really gratifying. If you aren’t a blogger, but you’ve had any sort of experience where you’ve poured your heart and your soul into a project, mixed in passion and devotion, and have had to overcome a great deal many obstacles, yet have succeeded and even flourished nonetheless – you’ll no doubt understand what I feel thinking about our blogs. When you look back at what you’ve managed to accomplish and are just terribly proud of the progress you’ve made – there’s not much that can take that kind of satisfaction away.
So these days, even though there are many more hurdles left to overcome – even though I’m still in Canada and have yet to hop on a plane and wave goodbye, and even though I’ve got a congested nose from an annoying cold that honestly was bound to happen considering I’m still in this frozen country – I’m happier than usual.
Between some frazzled nerves over having to get all the paperwork done and in order for immigration, Thomas seems to be feeling the same happy buzz that I am. Our future is bright, things are finally on our terms, we never really have to answer to anyone or anything anymore – this knowledge is ultimately sinking in for him, too, and making him relieved that we’ve gotten through the tough parts and are now safely in the clear at the other end. Websites haven’t gone down in a while, we haven’t had to recover any hard drives lately – not much frustrating troubleshooting, leaving us free and able to concentrate solely on pushing forward with growth and new content – our absolute favourite parts of the job. And while Thomas is really held back by his lack of an optimal work setup (we both really do need desktop computers ASAP), we’re getting things done nonetheless. Not as quickly as we’d like, but in my opinion, doing damn well nonetheless.
And so while we’re stuck in this country a reasonable amount longer than we set out to be – we’re happy with how things have turned out.
Not sure it’s possible to ride this “clear” out forever – but it would certainly be nice. I’m sure we’ll hit another rough patch eventually, but whatever and whenever that happens to be, we’ll be way more ready to roll with the punches from here on out than we were in the past.
It’s nice that now our future is just a matter of growth; of continuing what we’ve started with these sites and luckily not having to restart a million and a half times to find our ideal work, interests, and balance. I do believe we’ve found our calling (so to speak, since neither of us believes in any kind of divine power) in blogging and other online ventures. We’ve paved a way for ourselves and have a picture of what our future will look like that we adore. Now it’s time to just keep branching out.