what’s goin’ on…

I’ve alluded to a big move in my future. It was the deciding factor in hanging up my chiropractic license earlier this year. I hesitated to let the news out until it was official but now it is, so…

I’m moving to Ireland in the spring!

My husband’s company has a facility in Galway and he goes over for work pretty regularly. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to tag along on most of those trips, for a total of 8 times over 10 years. Needless to say, I fell in love with the place, so when an opportunity arose for H to take a job in Galway, we began making plans.

I’m getting rid of everything except books, clothes and a few personal mementos. My house will go up for sale after the first of the year and I already sold my car. Today I leave for Galway with my mother to check out potential houses and apartments in areas outside the city. She is thinking about joining us, if she can find something suitable for seniors (she’s 86) and not far from where we plan to settle.

This will be only my second time driving on the left side of the road, since our car rentals thus far have been booked through the company so only H can drive. But I will have to get used to it eventually so might as well start right away. Am I nervous? Who me?

I’m not sure yet what kind of work I will do when we get here. I’ve got an odd situation: I’m not lacking education with a bachelor’s degree and my doctor’s degree, but I have such a limited set of skills (at least on paper) that I am concerned that I won’t qualify for anything more than an entry level position somewhere. Getting my chiropractic license and opening a practice over here is out of the question. I don’t have the zeal for starting from scratch at this stage of the game. On the other hand, chasing the brass ring of writing and maybe selling some of my art online or locally is a possibility. I keep (half) joking that I will paint and sketch scenes around Galway and sell them to the American tourists in the summer! I already get confused for a local till I open my mouth and between now and then I’ll be practicing my accent.

In the meantime, things are hectic and exciting (but stressful) so if I seen absent and don’t post or visit as regularly, you will know why!

51 thoughts on “what’s goin’ on…

    1. I think so too. Fortunately I’ve been there enough to know what it’s really like. Plus we’ve made a couple friends to start with. And hey I’ll be close enough to come to England occasionally! 😃

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  1. This is so exciting! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear all about it. Don’t forget to share lots of pictures of your new home and everything else there! ♥

    And congratulations on escaping the US… something I think many would like to do at this moment in history… I know I would!

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  2. Wow! This is a bold move but well thought out, i am sure. Now you will have a different place, people and culture to get absorbed in and that will be a new exciting journey for you and family. Nothing to be nervous about if you have planned adequately for the change and if you know about the place already. I expect new inspiring stories and lots of nice pictures of ireland to follow. I am as excited as you and also very happy for you. All the very best to you Meg! Everything will work out fine.

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    1. Thank you Prema! We are trying to think of every possible issue so there are no surprises (at least bad ones) so I think we should be well prepared. I am very excited!

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  3. I’m so behind in my emails, I just now saw the alert about this post. Congratulations! Such an exciting new chapter (book pun intended.) 😉
    How lucky we are to live in this digital age so we’ll all be able to keep in touch and hear about your adventures!
    Enjoy every moment of it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rita! I just got home from a reconnaissance trip – I am really excited, but nervous too! I am happy that we can still stay connected with friends from all over the place via the web! I’ll be sure to report on my experiences!

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  4. What an awesome change of venue (cue jealous greenies). Best wishes for a grand new adventure – sounds like a great opportunity and I’m sure you’ll maximize it. Look forward to more details as life evolves.

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