Things have really started to turn around for me. About a week ago, I found out that I will be working my job full-time next year, which means that I'll finally be making a real salary again. Hopefully we can start catching up on a lot of things. The last time I had a full-time income was when we were paying for two houses while waiting for our old one to sell. I'm not complaining, though, I'm grateful that we were able to take the chance on this part-time gig in the hopes (now realized) that it would turn into something long-term.
Part of me would like to believe it's all working out according to plan, or because of my focus on the positive (per The Secret), but that seems unfair to all the people who are struggling right now. I file it all under "things I don't understand" instead and try to maintain a really deep level of gratitude instead. I do think there is a part of just plain dumb luck to the whole situation. The rest of it was making the best of my opportunity by working hard, building relationships, and staying positive. I made sure to act like a full-time person -- going to all the extra events, taking on projects, doing committee work -- so that people would start to see me that way.
This week is a big week on campus and has been jam-packed with meetings, but next week things will slow down a bit. I'll be teaching a summer class and doing a little consulting work, but things will be more low-key. I'm going to take advantage of the breather by working on my garden, getting outside as much as possible, and doing what I can to prepare for the big challenges to come in the fall. I should also start thinking about a new research project.