The past few months have brought on a lot of changes for me and my family. I haven’t really put all of it down in one spot and if you don’t follow me on all my social media platforms you probably only get snippets here and there about what’s been going on in my life. In order to fill some of those gaps and answer some questions, I wanted to do a recap post about what’s been going on over the past couple of months and what the future holds!
So rewind to the end of last year. My husband, daughter, and I lived in Savannah, Georgia. We had lived there for a few years and we really enjoyed the area and our friends, but it was time for me to take a step in my career. I work in higher education and I really wanted to take a step into the sector of higher ed that I really enjoyed. At the end of 2016 I got a job offer in Tennessee and, within 3 weeks, we were packed a moved. This was a pretty stressful time since we owned our home in Savannah and had less than a month to find a new house, sell our house, pack our whole house, and make the 7 hour trek up to Tennessee. Did I mention it was also Christmas and we had a vacation planned?
It was really crazy, but we got it done! We listed our house, packed everything up and then within 6 days we drove to North Georgia to spend a few days with my family in the mountains for Christmas, drove back to Savannah, packed the truck, drove the truck halfway to Tennessee, finished the drive (we wanted to get on the road, but didn’t want to drive at night, so we stopped and stayed in a hotel half way through), and unpacked. My parents were able to take Maddie, thankfully, so we didn’t have to worry about all the loading, driving, and unloading with a one year old around.
Once we made it to Tennessee, Mike and I celebrated the move by heading to Nashville for our first Predators game!
Fast forward a little bit, and I started my new job. I LOVE what I do and it is such a change from my previous job. Don’t get me wrong, I had some amazing co-workers at my previous job and I miss them dearly. I just didn’t feel very fulfilled doing the work I was doing. I formed relationships with some students that I do treasure- I actually still talk with one of them on a fairly regular basis! Overall, though, by the time I left, I felt worn down and, quite frankly, unappreciated. That is so different at my current job and I am so thankful!
Now, we are pretty much settled in Tennessee. We’ve joined a church, we are both involved in different ministries within that church, we have a routine as far as who works out when, who takes Maddie to school on what days, what gas stations are the best, which Publix makes better subs, all the important things. We’ve found that we love the Greenway- a trail that goes throughout the city, Predators games have become a monthly thing, and, overall, we are very happy here.
As far as the future? We have no real plans right now. It’s a little bit weird. For the past year or so, we had future plans that mainly revolved around me getting a new job. Now? Not so much. We do hope to purchase a house within the next year. Our house in Savannah sold last month, so we’re in a position where we can buy once our lease is up. Maddie will be 2 this year, but we are not planning on having any more kids any time soon. I had a rough pregnancy (I’ll do a whole post on that eventually, I’m sure), so we’re just not quite ready to deal with another pregnancy. Right now, we’re just enjoying our time as a family of three and Mike and I are learning how to parent a toddler with a big personality and a lot of energy!
Questions for you:
1. How has the first part of 2017 gone for you so far?
2. Do you have anything exciting planned for this year?