We finally made it up to this marvelous lookout called Mount Bonnell. I got Cinnamon to pose for a fantastic photo op on this exceptionally glorious day of mid 80s in mid November :)
I started volunteering at a wonderful local farm, called Green Gate Farms, and rediscovered the simple joy of working with the earth, with others who share a common and wholesome goal. It’s reminiscent of my WWOOF’ing days in Italy, but has a different flavor in that I’m now establishing connections with a community in which I intend to continue to participate for the foreseeable future, and developing skills with which I aim to improve my capacity for self-reliance, and to implement in my upcoming business venture. On my initial visit, I spotted a sneaky farm cat in a pumpkin cut-out :)
After just under a month at the hotel, I am grateful for the opportunity to embellish my CV, and eager to return to self-employment. In another few weeks, I shall reconnect with the lending institution, and reevaluate my standing there.
My living situation is temporarily stabilized. I’ve a makeshift bedroom in the dining room at my friend’s place, and I’m pitching in a little for their trouble, in exchange for the convenience of its ideal location and close proximity to downtown and my work, the fenced yard and house-mate help for Cin, and the ease of not having to relocate yet again.
I’ve resumed my involvement in the Liberty Movement and attended a few related meetups. I’ve also joined – though not yet attended – an intriguing meetup regarding “Integral Theory“, which seems to have quite the potential be another interesting journey of spiritual discovery. (I even bought Integral Life Practice for my Kindle, to get up to speed.) I also plan to check out Austin’s Center for Spiritual Living this weekend.
Soon, I will finish the process of residency establishment – I’ve updated my address, switched over my car insurance; just need to register the car, get Texas plates, get a Texas driver’s license, and register to vote – and then my Texan Relocation will be complete, and I will truly feel like an official Texan.
I’m still exceedingly thrilled to be here in Austin, Texas, and I find a unique contentedness of location I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced before. I witnessed my first Austin sunrise as a local today during my morning ride to work :)
Looking forward to my future here!
I got the job!!
I thought I was done with standard employment, but Life brought me back to it for this amazing opportunity to learn about the hospitality industry in a most elegant setting. A minor detour to my goal, with a major benefit to gain.
I started work today, and I have so much to learn! I am truly excited about this little adventure :) The place I’m staying is conveniently just 1.3 miles from the hotel, so I picked up a sweet bike off of craigslist yesterday, and I now commute by bicycle – it’s great!
I’m a little bummed that my dog now has an owner who works full-time at a place she can’t come, but I’m blessed with great house-mates who are happy to look after her :) Plus, it’s only temporary.
My path my have just got a little longer, but it also got distinctly more interesting ;)
Well, Cinnamon and I have finally found the jackpot! Red Bud Isle is our new favorite spot in Austin. It’s reminiscent of Seattle’s Marymoor Park, in that it it’s pretty big (tho just 13 acres instead of 40); all off-leash; no fence but no matter (tho surrounded by the Colorado River instead of just more park); has trails, woods, clearings, and fresh water to drink and swim in. Only, it’s much more convenient to get to, especially from where I’m currently residing (a 7 min drive instead of 30 min); there’s no toll bridge or $1 parking fee, and the squirrels are more numerous, which gives Cin great joy. I also find it similar to Seattle’s Seward Park, with the whole island bit, just miniaturized, and sub-tropical-ized. I find it incredibly beautiful, and an amazing treat to partake in. We now have 3 dog parks we like, which is great for variety, and one of the others is handily just a few blocks from us!
So… My request for a business loan was turned down (*insert sad horn tones here*) most notably due to my lack of experience in the particular field, and my lack of alternative income. Thus, I am seeking employment in said field to tackle both hurdles simultaneously – plus I’m running low on funds!
I’ve been picking up on cosmic cues lately about the number 25. I looked into it this morning, and first mistook “23″ as “25″, and read – with great glee, I might ad – “This number is called ‘the Royal Star of the Lion.’ [I just so happen to be a "Leo".] It is a promise of success, help from superiors and protection from those in high places. In dealing with future events it is a most fortunate number and a promise of success of one’s plans.” Alas, although that is the description for what I’ve discovered to be my “Life Path” number, that was not the description for this gently pestering 25. “This is a number denoting strength gained through experience, and benefits obtained through observation of people and things. It is not deemed exactly ‘lucky’, as its success is given through strife and trials in an earlier life. It is favorable when it appears in regard to the future.” Sigh. I swore I’d never take another job – update my resume, submit an application, traverse that particular learning curve – but… this end is sure to be well worth those means. Besides, a co-owner of another local hostel recommended learning a thing or two the easy way.
I also considered renting. Though it’s still a potential option, once it hit me that paying what I had budgeted for loan payments as rent instead, would leave me a few years down the road with no assets gained, I began to warm up to the employment option. Perhaps it’s for the best: I’ll get to be an Austinite for a while before advising my guests on what’s what around here. Once I do get the biz rolling, it will be quite some time before I’ll be able to do much enjoying of the city.
I perused craigslist today and found an employment ad from a marvelous little luxury hotel that just opened. There were others I bookmarked, but this one is just so splendid! I spent hours polishing my resume and crafting a cover letter, then I printed them out, and brought them in personally. I filled out an application on-site, and was told by the Front Desk supervisor that she’d deliver the documents to the Human Resources manager. Well, *fingers crossed* I get the job! Or… I suppose just that this hostel dream works out one way or another.
Still thrilled to be living in Austin! :D
I’ve long said I wanted to live in the tropics…
When I stepped outside, moments ago, to take a gander at the torrential downpour and thunderstorm underway, it struck me: I’ve made it! Well, I’m in the subtropics anyway.
I was hugged by a softly humid 92 degrees (F), I was surrounded by a lush and dense greenness, and – despite the mosquitoes feasting on me – I was smiling. Few things beat achieving your dreams. :)
In fact, I suppose the only contender would be those pleasant surprises you never dared to hope for, or even thought to wish for… Success and Serendipity – what a lovely pair of accessories to Life’s milieu!
I have a friend – a sort-of cousin among a family of friends, in that we’ve known each other a long time through mutual friends, though never developed a close kinship, and yet maintain a familial bond – who moved down here a few years ago. Through some technical difficulties, we lost touch a couple months ago, and we finally reconnected last Saturday. Let me just say, oh what sweet relief! Although I’m sleeping on the couch, my days of couchsurfing have come to an end, as my gracious friend, and a pair of equally hospitable roommates, have extended me an indefinite welcome.
I am so grateful for the generosity of the couchsurfing hosts I’ve stayed with these past couple weeks, and I am so relieved to be rid of the perpetual search for lodging. I collected my belongings from the first host’s shed, and now have all my few bits of stuff in one place. I even unpacked a couple things! It’s a wonderful thing to be able to go grocery shopping, and I never thought I’d so enjoy cooking and cleaning!
There were also some technical difficulties with the transmission of my business plan to the business loan guy at the credit union, so that got pushed back a little, but I’m hoping to hear from him in the next day or two. I’ve got my eye on a house I’d love to go look at… Just gotta get that funding approved!
I went ahead and posted a craigslist ad for house-call doggie nail trims a few days ago, and I got a response today! :D Hopefully more will follow… I also spoke to a woman at the dog park recently about her new pooch, and she might contact me for more training tips. :) I’ve made up a couple fliers – one about training, and one about nail trims, that I will post around the neighborhood once I pick up some printer paper.
I am reminded every day about how happy I am to be here. I finally live in a warm climate! And it’s so gosh-darn beautiful here. :) I’m just thrilled to be making a new home in this marvelous town.
I’ve been keeping busy working on getting this hostel off the ground. The guys at the local SCORE office have been a huge help. I’ve teamed up with a lovely realtor whom I’m excited to work with. I also met with the guy in charge of business loans at a great local credit union. I submitted a loan application with him yesterday, and then finalized my business plan, and got that out to him today. He’ll present my request to a committee, and get back to me in a few days. *Fingers crossed*!
In addition to the biz, I’m also putting feelers out for some part-time doggy work to bring in a little dough on the side. Nothing there yet…
Aside from all that, I’m still loving it here :) I meet marvelous people every day, and I couldn’t be happier to be here, in Austin. Yay for adventure! :D