The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Guys. Life the last year and a half has been crazytown. In September 2015 we packed up two giant containers filled with all our stuff and moved from Ohio to Nashville without anywhere to live (or a job for moi). Our VERY kind brother and sister in law opened their beautiful home to Mike, Riley and myself for a month (And like some predictable family sitcom we actually stayed over two. Oops.) while we figured out our next move.

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 10.48.48 PMWe looked all over Nashville for what we hoped would be our forever home. Did we want a 90’s fixer-upper at the top of our budget in an in-demand suburb close to the city? A cute, over budget urban bungalow knowing our future children would likely need to go to private school? Lots of land in the sticks but no neighbors to make new friends with? What was an indecisive, temporarily homeless couple to do?

I got a job at a great home decor and furniture store in Nashville and we checked off most of our must haves with a beautiful 4 bedroom home that’s both in the sticks (sort of) and a new, cute subdivision close to I-65 (score!). We came in about a month before it was complete and got to choose some finishes which was great! The neighborhood is in a prime school system, has lots of families, a community pool, and woods behind our property, which was a huge selling point. Three weeks in we found out the woods are being torn down to build a GIANT K-8 school within 100 feet of our property. Schools are good- old growth trees being chopped down and thrown into a chipper makes Mike and I very sad. We had a pity party for ourselves for a good long time.

Over a year has passed, and while the school is still under (very loud and dusty) construction, we’ve put a lot of work into our backyard (post coming soon) and we are making the best of it!

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 10.28.09 PMWhile I loved my furniture sales job (I made great friends in my coworkers and met Garth Brooks and Steven Tyler, after all) I had to look for something new. With Mike’s travel schedule and me working full time including every Saturday and Sunday, something had to give. I maintained some independant design work (perhaps a future blog post!) and found a great job working for a worthy cause; fundraising for a giant food bank in metro Nashville. Great people, wonderful mission, and I felt I had a great impact there. However… my commute was anywhere between 45 min to 1:15 minutes each way EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I was beyond stressed out and miserable. Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 10.26.55 PM
I was grumpy when I got to work and breathing fire by the time I got home. Add to that: completely failing at adopting a second boxer (New dog + Riley = two $400 eye surgeries for Ri) and, this is huge, our continued journey trying to start a family and the frustrating heartbreak that it can, and did bring. (Not a post I’m ready for, just yet) I felt like every decision I had made since leaving Ohio was the wrong one but yet again, something had to give. Sigh… I left the food bank after just 10 months. But for what?

Through a mutual friend I was introduced to a small, growing, innovative, amazing start up that works in the Higher Education space. “MY” PEOPLE!!

Sent from heaven donning a shiny red bow, was the dream job I couldn’t have dreamed up if you asked me to. Not only do I have the most understanding, empowering, male boss ever, as Director of Client Development I help Colleges around the country be able to recruit students, ensure their success, and provide outreach and support to alumni. I get to attend and present at HIED conferences while adding value to a privately owned, Buffalo-based business. Oh, and I work from HOME ❤

Just imagine the clouds parting and happy rays of sunshine and singing birds everywhere! (Dramatic I know, but I do not take any part of this for granted. A dream!)

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 11.08.06 PMDuring all this time here’s Mike: patient, supportive, doing constant home upgrades- because that’s what we do. Going to doctors appointments with me, attempting to cook, unloading the ever-loving dishwasher because he knows it makes me the happiest gal ever. He’s a saint. If you see him please shake his hand and give him a pat on the back for sticking it out the last 18 months. He’s a special guy ❤

Things are good. I’m feeling like me again instead of some emotional, road-rage crazed lunatic. And you bet we are still home-improving our butts off, even with a house that’s less than two years old. I can’t wait to share all the fun and pretty things we’ve been creating!

As always, thanks for reading. I’d love to hear about your recent life changes, too. We so often see the highly edited version of our lives on social media. It feels good to get real!  xoxo


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