Hello 2014!

New Year in Valparaiso, Chile.

New Year in Valparaiso, Chile. Photo Credit

2013, while far from the worst year of my life, has been marked by a certain involuntary ennui. One the one hand, I’ve had Squeaker who is a spitfire and requires my attention 110% of the time or she is trying to lick an electrical outlet and stick her hand in the toilet simultaneously. But on the other hand, there have been some difficult moments, as well.

This year will forever be marked as the year I tried in vain to get a job but was foiled each time by my ovaries and a misogynist business culture. It will also be the year that my husband spent six months looking for a job after getting laid off for company budgetary reasons before finally accepting a job that will take him out of town five days a week. I’ll remember it was the year that I finally fell out of love with life in Chile and started yearning to be back stateside. It will also be the year that we filled out paperwork for a visa for my husband, but found out the wait is an average of eleven months.

In light of my lack of job and my husband’s traveling, we decided that I will travel back to Minnesota, probably in February, to find a job and get established with Squeaker while he rebuilds our savings that took a beating over the last six months and we wait for the eventual approval of our visa.

The thought of moving back to the US and going to a job interview where certain questions are illegal and it’s actually enforced make me giddy. I’m already counting my chickens before they’ve hatched with dollar signs dancing in my head. However, it’s sad at the same time because it means we will be separated and even though Chile exasperates me, there are bound to be things (but mostly people) I will miss here.

I haven’t purchased the ticket yet, but I except to do that soon. I have, however, been looking for jobs in Minnesota and applying like mad in hopes of getting a call back before the big move.

I’m not sure what will happen with this blog, because while I enjoy writing (when I have time these days, that is) I’m not sure the content is the best advertisement for a prospective employer. Also, my audience is the highest when I’m in Chile, writing snarky things about life here. That is kind of hard to do remotely.

At any rate, that’s my New Year’s news. I’m feeling good about it, albeit a little nervous to make an international move with a toddler. I hope you all have a great 2014 wherever you are, and that you get everything that 2013 withheld.

Happy New Year!

16 responses to “Hello 2014!

  1. I will be devastated to see you go from blog land (if you do). But am very excited for you. I am officially out of love with Chile too. Hope you and hubby can make it work.

  2. It really makes me sad that you speak so poorly about the interview and overall job aspects in Chile. While yes, there are some downfalls about the professional world in Chile (just like the US) there are incredible job opportunities to be found here. However, you need to have experience and demonstrate in the interview why they should hire *you*, a foreign, women instead of the heards of other people.

    I’d say based on the way you blog your Spanish is hands down better than mine – I consider myself more or less fluent but nowhere near you are at … and yet with my level of Spanish in my 3+ years here I have been in two director of marketing positions. It’s all possible here – just trying to demonstrate that Chile isn’t always *awful*.

    • I’m not trying to say that the US isn’t without its own challenges. However, I do feel it’s misogyny and Iack of professionalism holding me back here. I’ve been on more interviews than I can count on two hands and each time they find out I’m a mother (and it’s not been possible to avoid the issue) the questions start about how I’m going to care for her, if I want more babies and what will I do if she gets in the way of my responsibilities. I think my inability to answer these questions has cost me most of the jobs. So, yes, I know it can be done, but I have no more energy to beg them to give me a chance. Are you, perhaps, thinking of staying in Chile? ;)

  3. Wishing you nothing but peace and joy in the new year!

  4. Oh wow, I will miss your blog if you choose to discontinue it, but I understand the reasons. Don’t worry about the long distance relationship thing, I’ve done it, and it’s not as hard as you think. In fact, it keeps the spark alive! Happy New Year!

  5. I’ll miss the blog too but hopefully you can continue under some anonymity. it’ll be great to learn what life has in store for you in this next big move. As for me, my future is up in the air – job hopping and country hopping – currently in the US on holiday. Is your husband’s visa the conditional green card one? My japanese friend was able to get her spousal permanent residency in a year.

    • I believe it will be without conditions because by the time he has his interview we will have been married over two years. He’ll get the green card shortly after arrival if everything goes as planned!

  6. I just went through the entire US visa process for my Chilean husband to come with me to the USA. What seemed like it would be eternity actually took only 6 months to get the K visa approved then an additional 6 months stateside to get his green card. My advice is to make 3 photocopies of all papers that immigration sends you & 3 copies of all your supporting documents. I threw one form letter out, paid $405 to get a copy of it, and was denied said copy but luckily, they gave us his green card anyways.

    For US-based job searching, I highly recommend USAjobs.gov. I applied for 2 bilingual positions & was offered both. Here your Spanish and experience abroad will be extremely helpful in your job search. I am almost the only non-native Spanish speaker on my bilingual/Spanish-only team. Happy job hunting and immigrating!! :)

  7. Wishing you the best of luck with the changes to come! Looking forward to finally getting to meet you if/when you move back to MN!
    I can’t remember how long it took for my Brother-In-Law to get his visa stuff but I do know some parts took longer than expected and some took shorter. I also know that some things were a pain-in-the-ass! He finally got his dual Chilean-American citizenship this year! My sister has yet to become a Chilean citizen (I’m not sure she wants to).

  8. I’m so excited for you! And I can 100% commiserate with a year long job search! I hope you find the one in the US much easier and less painful (although honestly, I can’t imagine job hunting being anything but painful). I hope you can continue blogging…

  9. Oh, hun, I’ll keep reading no matter where you are in the world. I’m so excited for the big things about to happen this year for you. Though, god, it’s so sad that you and hubbie are going to be apart for a while. Nevertheless, it’s going to be worth it all in the end when the three of you are settled in one place.

  10. Happy for you but sad to see you go. Maybe I’ll be able to meet you before you leave – I’m living in the Valparaiso region now but still haven’t made it to Santiago.

  11. Hope the job search goes great and the visa process fast. You will be missed!!!

  12. What a big decision, but like you said, you’re doing what is best for your family. Every once in a while we flirt with the idea of moving back to The States, big houses with pools & garages sounds great compared to everyone living on top of each other here in NL. Good luck! Sorry to hear you won’t see your husband for a while (can’t even imagine), hopefully the months will fly by. Exciting! :) Danica

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