Damn, it’s good to be home. As wonderful as it was to visit friends and family, this last trip hammered home how out of place I feel back in the States. Normal for me is Cotonou. Even with all of it’s travails, challenges, and frustrations, it’s more home to me than where I grew up.
Here’s what’s going on: I passed the Foreign Service orals and recieved a conditional offer of employment. I now need to pass Medical, repass Security, and make it through the Final Review Panel. Then, I’ll be put on a list of other hopefuls to pray that one day I’ll get the call inviting me to join the Foreign Service and move to DC for training. This process could take 3 months, like it could take 12, like it could just not work out for any number of reasons.
People Online is moving full speed ahead in 2011. We’re going to spend a lot of time outsourcing things we’re not good at, automating things we are good at, and getting our processes clean and streamlined. This way, if I get the call, we’re set, and if I don’t, well, we’re still set, aren’t we?
I’m not sure what the future holds, but lemme tell you, it’s an exciting time to be alive.