I decided to start looking for another job, but put it off until we returned from vacation. But before we left, a friend sent me a link to a position that had become available at a non-profit that I am an active volunteer with. And I applied. And I interviewed. And I presented. And I interviewed again. And then the day came that I was offered the job, with a catch. A 20% cut in pay. If someone would have told me up front that my salary would be cut by tens of thousands of dollars, I would have politely declined and been on my way. But it didn't happen that way. I'd already fallen in love with the culture, the job, the benefits and most importantly, the prospect of being a mom again and a wife and having a life.
So I took a leap of faith.
And the horribly difficult pay cut that comes with that. Suddenly, even with an insanely tight budget most months, we make it. I don't know how - but we do. And eventually, we'll make progress on our plan. In the meantime, I got my life back. I get Fridays off during the summer to spend with our kiddo. I get to cook more, which is having a very unpleasant impact on my waistline....and thighs....and clothing options. We're adjusting our standards, taking new adventures and finding new ways to make it. And we will.