Well, Hello there. It’s been a while. About two years to be exact. Two years! Where does time go? Truly, it was not my intention for things to get away from me for even a minute, let alone this long. However, you know, Life. Life is what happened. For those who follow me on Instagram, you probably have a good idea as to what I have been up to. But before I get to that…hands up…how many of you, during my hiatus, were looking for me/my picture on the side of a wine bottle…I mean milk carton?!?!?!
I’ll give you the Cliff’s Notes version (yes I did just date myself there). Two years ago, my husband and I decided it was time for a life change. We were living in central Illinois, he had been with his company for 10 years, and I was rocking and rolling with my own real estate and design business. We were busy, we were tired, and more importantly we were getting very cold as winter was setting in. We made the huge decision to look outside of Illinois – on our own terms – for a new place to raise our family. We wanted the opportunity to feel settled and to give our kids the chance to feel a sense of permenance instead of moving every two years. Both of my kids have attended 4 different grade schools…a bit extreme, wouldn’t you say?
A few weeks later, an opportunity came up for my husband in the Phoenix area of Arizona. I believe my exact words were “You want to move us to the desert!?!?!?!?” (insert crazy lunatic raised voice and hands flailing in the air) This Midwest/SoCal beach girl was not buying the desert. But…it would be warm there…it is a dry heat, right? (bahahahahahaha) Prior to this conversation, I had been to Phoenix once, about 10 years prior for 2 days. It was warm, it was sunny, and it was brown.
However, it was a great professional opportunity for my husband. It was an opportunity for the family to be settled, since the company was only located in Phoenix, which meant no more moving every two years. The kids could finish school there without the fear of having to say goodbye to friends and make new friends again and again. It would be warm. The cost of living was waaaaaaayyyyy cheaper than Illinois. And, if I wanted to go work for someone else again and use my design skills full time, there was opportunity for me to do so.
It really was exactly what we were wanting.
Minus the 120 degree summer heat and living so far from family. Air conditioning and airplanes solve those problems. It really did check off all the required boxes. Having a pool in the backyard and being only a five-ish hour drive to the beach and Disneyland were huge bonuses. Don’t forget not shoveling snow and never again feeling that frozen-to-the-bone cold that lingers for days.
We had to do it.
Time to tell the kids, our family, and…sell our house in Central Illinois in the dead of winter.
Psst…follow me on Instagram and see if you can guess what I’ve been up to!