If you would have asked me 14 months ago if I would be sad that we’re leaving Arkansas, I would have told you, “hell no!” I mean, it’s Arkansas. Even though Deliverance wasn’t about here, that’s immediately what came to my mind when I found out we were moving here. Follow that by Bill Clinton and Bangin’ In Little Rock (a HBO special I saw YEARS ago about gangs) and you can imagine how much I dreaded this move. As we pack up our things, I realized how much I am going to miss this state and more importantly the friends that I’ve made. I’ve been truly fortunate to become friends with each and everyone of my “Moms of Jonesboro”. They will always have a special place in my heart.
For the past month we’ve been on the fence as to where we wanted to move. I had a couple of different job opportunities, both interesting and exciting but completely polar opposite of one another. One would further advance my career and the other would take me back to a specialty that I love. After tons of deliberation, pro and cons lists and multiples visits to each city, we’ve finally made the decision to move where we think our family will prosper. We’ve made the decision to move to…
The great thing about moving to Chicago is we’re only 5 hours away from both our families. Far enough away that I can stay sane (sorry mom and dad but you know it’s true) but close enough that we can be there for more family events. It also gives up the opportunity to raise our daughter in a more culturally diverse environment. For me, I’m super excited about all the blogging opportunities that are more likely to come my way and the ability to meet in real life some of the awesome bloggers I’ve been chatting with online! And my job? Well, let’s just say that I already love it and I haven’t even started yet (more to come on that). I’m also hoping that I get to see more of the friends I’ve made over the years as Chicago is a much more exciting place to visit with more things to do.
Moving to Chicago does have it’s negatives. Lots of square footage and 3 car garages? Haven’t found either in my price range. I also have never lived in the “city” and public transportation? Yeah, I think I used that once. :) But life is a journey and as I pack up my 20+ serving dishes (geez, who knew I had that many), I’m excited to see how this chapter in my life goes.