Welcome to my first ever blog post. I made the decision to start a blog earlier in 2014 as part of my “Year of Change” and just now embarking on the writing process. I don’t like to think that I procrastinated with this process (which I did just a teeny bit), but rather managed through other changes that have happened over the last 3 to 4 months. For example, moving from Chicago, IL where I have lived my entire life, to Dallas, TX. Yep, you read it correctly, Dallas, TX. I am now a proud Texan (FINALLY got the drivers license to prove it!), although Chicago will always be my first home.
So the background on the move is that Hubby and I decided in late 2013 we were moving from Chicago, IL to Dallas, TX. There were a lot of reasons surrounding our decision with the main driver being overall quality of life. Having lived in a gorgeous, penthouse condo a block away from Lake Michigan for over 7 years, we were eager for more space to call our own, a better education system for our 18 month old daughter (Little Miss) and no stairs to have to schlep our stuff up. Plus, I was becoming an angry person and not just sometimes, but all the time. It gets real old, real fast, when you have to bundle up yourself and your 18 month old, carry her, her stuff, and anything you actually need down four flights of stairs, walk to the car that is parked outside, and brush the 10 inches of snow off it. If I had to be somewhere at a certain time, I had to work in an extra 25 minutes just for getting out the door! So during January of Chicago’s 3rd worst winter on record, Hubby and I stumbled upon a beautiful house on Trulia. It looked perfect and was in the neighborhood we wanted! 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, large yard, a pool and holy cats – it was on budget. So what do you do in a very high demand real estate market when you can’t visit the house that day – you send your family to see the house of course! Hubby’s dad (Green Thumb) brother (Architect) and wife (Sister) took their daughter (Sweet Girl) to see the house and gave us their thumbs up. Next logical step – put an offer in. That’s right folks, we did not see the house in-person before we put the offer in – we REALLY trust Green Thumb’s, Architect’s and Sister’s judgment! After the typical, nail biting and nerve-wracking back and forth, we closed on the house in mid-March and moved cross-country in early April. By the way, never moving again…just saying.
So I left everything I know: my HR Director job of 8 years, my family and friends, and my beloved city of Chicago. I miss everything and everyone tremendously, but I am happy to report that things are going VERY well in Dallas and Hubby is thrilled that I’m no longer angry!
As part of my year of change, I also became a Stay at Home Mom. Yes, I did capitalize that title as while it is the best job I have ever had, it is also the hardest, and we only have Little Miss! More on those adventures later. I am also picking up new hobbies – currently relearning Spanish and embarking on a hobby having to do with turning flea market/garage sale finds into works of art (also more on that later) Come on – I have to ensure you come back to read more!!
Needless to say, I will be having LOTS of adventures during my “Year of Change” and beyond and I hope that you find them to be as exciting, funny, horrific (in the best possible way of course!), and heart-warming as I know I will. Thanks for stopping by!