I apologize for the extended silence here on Maastricht Minutiae. I had intended to blog over my holidays but ultimately ended up being too busy with family, reading, and simply being home to keep up with the blog. I’ve been struggling for a while now with life as an expat and I think it’s telling that while last year returning to Maastricht felt like coming home, this year it felt like going away.
So year three. Dan and I will have lived in the Netherlands for two years come March and while I do think the good out weighs the bad, we’re pretty sure that this is our last year. I’m ready to be gainfully employed as an archivist, digital and otherwise, and Dan’s current contract will be wrapping up so it’s a good time for us to make a move. I like Maastricht a lot, but apparently not enough. And I have really mixed feelings about leaving whether it be to move back to the United States (the most likely scenario) or to the United Kingdom (which is appealing but trickier). Still, I do believe it will be the right decision for our careers (and hobbies) and I’m excited about the prospect of having a professional office job again.
Of course in the mean time I’m already thinking about all the things we haven’t done or need to do in the coming year before leaving. And already lamenting the things we’ll lose by moving. Among other things, I’m hoping to grow the writing and copyright research aspects of my freelance business while shrinking the web design a bit. I’m still hopeful that I can find some part-time or full-time “day job” for our remaining time here since I think an office will be good for my mental health. The steady income is nice too of course. I’ve started picking up more crafting projects in the evenings and I intend to become more involved with the International Women’s Club.
In short, I still want to make this year as enjoyable and productive as possible. The only thing worse than indecision is waiting around for something big to happen.
What this means for Maastricht Minutiae is that while I am going to start writing regularly again, I’m also going to decrease my posts to twice a week rather than the three I’ve been trying to maintain. I’ll be going back into the archive to cross post the articles I wrote for Maastricht Region as well, so I’m sure those will pop up in your RSS readers soon.
To sort of wrap up my blog, I’m considering putting some of the material together into a book; maybe a “Places Around Maastricht” guide of the best spots from my perspective. It’s just an idea for now and I won’t be taking the blog off-line, but a book would make a nice capper to the work I’ve done here.