“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

For reasons that are far too personal to discuss here, the love my life for the last six years and I are parting ways. It was not a decision made lightly and it’s not going to be an easy road ahead for either of us.

That said, this is an opportunity for me to return to west Michigan after a rather lengthy hiatus. I’ll be living with my dad for the foreseeable future, which will be good for all of us (my dogs and cat are going to integinte with his cats) in light of all our recent losses (Ranger, my mom, their dog, and now this).  I’ll be close to most of my family; something I’ve missed the last 10+ years.

I don’t know the timeline of when this will be happening for sure as I’m not going to finish the move until I have a job lined up, but the target date is April 15. I’m actively looking and, thanks to the advice of a boss years ago, have multiple certifications and licenses to fall back on, just in case. I’m trying to go back to my original career field of parks and recreation, but am open to change.