Friday, June 29, 2012

Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates

This post is about LIVING life, rather than simply EXISTING. Life is meant to be lived and should be marked by certain milestones that remind us why we wake up each morning and go to bed each night.

And since about 2001 I haven't been living my life in the true sense of the word.  My life just was never the same after John and I split.  There have been times of semi-happiness, but nothing that truly made me 100% happy.

In 1994 I moved back to Texas for two reasons, one being that my Daddy was diagnosed with cancer and there was nothing the doctors could do about it.

Then I stayed in Texas after his death because of my Mom.  I knew for a long time that once Mom passed, I would seek opportunities to leave again...

Honestly I hate Texas and I hate Houston.  I hate the weather no matter what part of the State because we have no seasons.  There isn't anything here other than my family and a few close friends that I will miss at all.  The 7 years I spent out of Texas were some of my happiest...

So I took it upon myself to start trying to find a way out.  Every so often I would scan the interwebz for opportunities in places like Chicago, Seattle..but nothing ever really came of that.

Then I was contacted by a former collegue from my early days and beyond at Stewart.  She wanted to assist in recruiting me for a growing IT department at one of the largest retailers here in the US and Canada.  

Who knew that a year working full time and then 2 years part time in retail would eventually be an asset to furthering my career in IT?  Certainly not me!

What she initially proposed sounded intriguing from the location to the company, the long term opportunities for growth and yes, to the compensation benefits of such an endeavor.

I decided to give it a shot.  I first approached my family with this so as not to surprise them should anything come of it and it needed to happen quickly.  They were thrilled at my opportunity and told me that home is where the heart is...and that we'd only be a 2-3 hour flight from each other.

Anyway to make a long story short, I went, I conquered and now I'm moving 1100 miles away from the State I've called home for the majority of my life.

I am beyond excited for the challenges and adventures that await me in my new life, in a new place and with new opportunities that seem to even now, be coming out of the woodwork.

For those of you who are my dear friends IRL, you have been following the journey on Facebook complete with details and photographs.  Here on the blog, I will keep it simple and generic simply because there are a few folks who read who are not my friends IRL, but mere past acquaintances, and well, for those reasons alone I don't really want more information public than needs to be.

I will obviously chronicle bits and pieces here, but again in a generic sort of way, but interesting nonetheless I hope!

So my sister who is going on the initial journey to my new home, and I will be leaving with the necessities mid-July, and then the full move will occur closer to the end of August when I fly down to meet the company's movers who will be transporting my belongings North.


Xaarlin said...

I'm so excited for you. And you're right, life is about living, not existing. That's why I took the move from Florida to San Francisco and now Chicagoland and never looked back.

Yay for you! :) I'm sure your precious gato blanco will also enjoy the new surroundings too.

JunieB said...

I am so super psyched! Ive signed on for 2 years, because they expect that from you due to the money they front you from signing bonus' to relocation expenses. I totally get that, so my ass will be planted firmly there for at LEAST that length of time!

I can still train with my running group KW when I am home for visits especially around the holidays coming up and I've set up an online training for the Houston marathon with the Coach as well. Cant slack on my training! I cannot wait to run up there again. NO HUMIDITY is a like manna from Heaven. :)

K said...

Congratulations, June! And I pray that you find all that you are looking for!
I am no longer on FB, so I don't know the "details", but I am sure they are wonderful!
Looking forward to seeing your posts from your new home.
Remember to seek peace and joy no matter where life takes you, seasons or no seasons!

Mel said...

Good luck! Such an exciting experience for you! I wish you the best in your career and your adventures out there :-)

Don't be a stranger around here, I hope I still get to see you!!!

TX Runner Mom said...
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TX Runner Mom said...

June, I am really happy for you! It sounds like the move and new job will be a fantastic adventure. You are awesome and deserve nothing but happiness!!! You will be missed here in H-town, but I am happy that social networking will help keep everyone updated on how you are doing. :-)