Monday, February 09, 2009

Outsourcing and Downsizing

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I'm finally able to share what I have been wanting to tell you for weeks now: after 10 and a half years, this is my last week at my full-time corporate training job...my role and responsibilities, and those of my teammates, have been outsourced overseas. We were given a somewhat open-ended amount of time to find another position within the company, but I have to tell you, as soon as I found out this was happening (in late November), I KNEW this was my opportunity to take a big leap of faith...



...and step into the life I know that I was created to live...a "quiet life" of working with my hands...the life of an artist...

However, this change definitely required downsizing our budget, our lifestyle, and our home. And the first of many miracles surrounding this change happened the very next day after I found out my job was going away - we found a buyer for our home! He would be ready to move mid-late February. Now we had a date; now we knew what to do next...

...LOTS of work to re-furbish my sweet hubby's old bachelor pad - a circa 1982 3/2 , 14' x 80' mobile home on a beautiful wooded acre in the country, west of Houston, that he owned outright. Our fully paid-for blessing from God! We kept the place after we got married in 2007, but never did much to it. Suddenly, now, this trailer was to be our home, and boy, did it need a lot of work...structurally as well as cosmetically...






...and we are still working on it...every spare minute...working against the clock...trying to finish everything in time to move...and trying to simultaneously pack here...that's why I've been so out of touch...

The transformation is coming along great - but it will be a work-in-progress for some time. I CAN"T WAIT to share all the before and after photos! And I will...

...but first...I have a whole lot more of this to do...

And of course, I will have much, much more to share with you very soon about my new artistic adventures! And who knows - with more time on my hands, I might actually become a more consistent blogger! Hey, miracles CAN happen you know!
I am so very excited and so very blessed to have this opportunity to pursue the dreams and desires that God has put in my heart, and my husband's heart as well. I can't wait to see where He takes us!!
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“To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life – that is indeed a gift from God. The person who does that will not need to look back with sorrow on his past, for God gives him joy.”
Ecclesiastes 5:20 (TLB)



9 comments:

  1. Love the trailer pix! It's adorable :)

    Smile, smile, smile, smile...!

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  2. How wonderful that you are making lemonade out of lemons! I am so proud of you. . .and I don't really know you!

    I wish you many many blessings!

    Thanks for that scripture! I wrote it down. Very memorable one. . .now.

    Congratulations!

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  3. Hi Becky... glad to see that you are back! You have a lot of change going on... but it's exciting to see what God is going to do in the days ahead! I am looking forward to your pictures and updates with the remodel and move.
    Warm hugs!
    Suzanne

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  4. Becky, wishing you many blessings. We too moved 21 years ago because of a job relocation that we didn't want to accept. We took a leap of faith and opened our own business. Many successes and failures later....we're doing fine. You will too! You've obviously got your heart and your values in the right place.
    Bless you and your hubby!
    Diane

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  5. Congratulations Becky! That's awesome! God always provides for us and it's beautiful to see that happening with you.
    Blessings,
    Patricia :o)

    I can't wait to see the before and after's too

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  6. Becky, I am so very excited for you. The timing of selling your house--what a sign! I know God's blessings are with you in this new adventure. Just yesterday in Bible Study we discussed letting go of chasing the good life in exchange for God's best for us. I wrote a note to myself--"what am I afraid to dive into that God is calling me towards?" I thought of this the minute I read your post. You have taken the plunge!
    Hugs,
    Lallee

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  7. Good luck with this! I would volunteer to help, but it would be a long drive to work. What a wonderful opportunity for you. Take care!

    Christy Lee
    *~Petals and Pind~*

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  8. Hi Becky! Guess what! You are one of the winners of my print giveaway on my blog! Please stop by and email me your address so I can send your prize off to you. So nice to see you there when you're so busy with your move. Hopefully, this will bring some more sunshine into your life.
    Blessings and Happy Valentine's Day!
    Diane

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  9. Hello, I wandered upon your blog because I too am moving into a mobile home. Downsizing from a very nice, brick home to a 1978 mobile home that needs updating. Mine also has the dark paneling and I am googling ways of making it better. I've read lots of your posts. I LOVE your valances with the shelves. I think I'll steal that idea. I'm so looking forward to the simplicity of our move and it is a stepping stone for us. I'll be checking back to see about your progress soon. Thanks so much for your inspiration!!
    Angel

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