I gave up having (free, stolen) internet in my house for a while. I gave up some possible income. I gave up big portions of my job with BVS. And I took a job in another place, which means I am, right this instant, in the process of giving up: living across the street from the coffee shop, weekday lunches with my grandparents, mountain views around every curve, being surrounded by SW VA accents, getting to be at every family gathering, living a mostly unscheduled life, jet-setting around the country, and ample time for reading and writing and baking and hiking. Here's to hoping the things that I get in return balance out the current sense of loss.