…since I updated this.
A lot has happened in the nearly two years since I last posted here. I finished my assignment in Frankfurt in May 2018. I had been slated to go back to Washington, DC to work on a country desk, but in February 2018, I made the decision to request a year of Leave Without Pay (LWOP) to go home to Texas and help my mom with a lot of stuff. After Dad passed away, there was just a lot of stuff to deal with around the house, including his stuff, my stuff, and stuff that’d been in the house since we’d moved in many moons ago. Fortunately, everyone was supportive of the request and State HR approved it, allowing me to take a year off from State, knowing that I would have a job to come back to when the LWOP concluded.
The year was really productive. Mom and I got a lot done around the house and I also had time to read a lot of books, do some volunteering, and just generally relax. It was really good to take time away from the Foreign Service and reconnect with friends and family. I could tell that I was pretty burned out with work, with living far away from family and home, and so on, so it was absolutely the right call for me to take some time off.
While I was on LWOP, I bid on onward assignments to start in summer 2019 and this June, I started working on a country desk at Main State in Washington. It’s a busy office and I’m learning a lot. Fingers crossed, it’ll be a good and interesting couple of years. No clue where I’m headed next, and I’m ok with that…for now. 🙂