Back in the States Update

I’ve been back in the States for 8 weeks now, which sounds like a long time, but I’ve spent a lot of that time at weddings and catching up with friends, so it’s felt shorter. I’m settled in to my parents’ house, and I’ll be here ’til the end of the year. So what am I up to these days?

Today I took a look at my short-term goals from July, and I’m doing pretty well! 1) I bought catastrophic health insurance through Priority Health. It costs $72 a month, and that includes emergency room visits and not much else. Pre-existing conditions aren’t allowed (I cannot wait for the Affordable Care Act to be fully implemented so that kind BS is no longer permitted), and I pay full price for prescriptions and most doctor visits. But it’s one of the better plans I found, with a fairly low premium ($1,000), and I might not need it for very long, because… 2) I got a job! I start the day after I return from my sibling’s wedding in New York. I signed up with a local staffing agency, and they got me an interview at an auxiliary health care-type office. I’ll be doing data entry and a little proofreading, full-time, and the bosses seem very nice. It doesn’t pay a lot, but I’ve done the math and it should be enough to get me back on the road sometime next year. Also, I can walk there from my parents’ house, so I don’t need to buy a car.

I’m hoping that having taken care of #1 and #2 from the original list, I’ll be able to really dig into #3. Now that I’ve removed the stress of job hunting and hiding inside lest I injure myself and have no way to pay for recovery, I should be able to use my free time writing. The changing season will make that even easier, as the nights come faster and the days grow colder, and I stay inside and focus on writing. Fingers crossed.

Next week I’ll be in New York, helping set up for the wedding and then dancing the night away at said wedding. After that, I’ll be in an office for the first time in over a year. Wish me luck!

6 thoughts on “Back in the States Update

  1. Hey Lisa! That’s great news, all around. Congrats on the job and good luck! And so glad you have health insurance, too, even if it’s limited for now. Re: goal #3, if you’re going to be in NYC, try not to be shy — tell anyone who will listen about your journey, your blog, and your ideas for other pieces. You never know who knows somebody that may be interested in publishing you, especially in such a media-saturated place as New York … network the heck out of your trip, and if a deal pans out, then you could write it off as freelance expenses! 🙂

    • Thanks! I will probably spend most of my time in New York packing up for the newlyweds’ impending move, but if I interact with anyone I will be sure to push the heck out of Stowaway.

  2. On to the next Adventure of Life, right?! Good work, and I agree about the talking up of your intentions to write and publish. Nomadic Matt, a travel blogger, may have some suggestions, although I know for a fact that he is leading his first-ever tour (of ten people – I’m one of them!) starting Sunday, the 15th, so he may not be able to answer questions for a while. Your posts have been just wonderful to read, and your enthusiasm and fearlessness are catching! Writing with energy just makes the reader want to go and do, and that’s what I suspect you are going for. So – onward and upward, and I’m glad that your goal is to travel again next year!


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