Well, folks…Big news here. In early summer (date TBD), we will pack up our earthly belongings and move to Albuquerque. We do not yet have jobs lined up, but Spouse is taking the New Mexico Bar in July, and I will start looking once we establish a moving date.

The trip we just took was genuinely for R&R, but we found that it would be quite livable for us even if money was a bit tight. We felt happy in a way we haven’t been in years, and I don’t think it was just because we were on vacation.

It may sound crazy, but we think this is doable. I have income until mid-August, and we have substantial savings. Between the two of us, something has to pan out by the end of the year. We aren’t necessarily seeking high-paying, prestigious jobs, and we both have very marketable skills that translate well in other fields. I am still keeping my Foreign Service candidacy open to see where that takes us. I can always say no, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

We both need new surroundings and a new life, and the ABQ seems to give us everything we need: Good weather, beautiful nature, low cost of living, interesting culture, and fantastic food. We are finally excited about our future, and we are the ones making things happen. I haven’t felt this good in quite a long time.