One hot August day in 2002 the husband and I met on a volleyball court about one mile from where I sit right now.
And now, 9 years later we’re leaving our little college town to pursue new things in a new city.
And we’re really excited about it!
It all started back in October when Jonathan was approached with an offer for a job in Oklahoma City. For the next three months we weighed the options, struggling to come to a final decision. And then with the new year, everything suddenly became a lot more clear.
We took some time to really think about what our ultimate goal really is for the future. I know I’ve talked about Outbox from time to time, but Outbox really is where we want our future to be. Our plan is to hopefully launch our business full time in the next 3-5 years, and we feel confident that Oklahoma City is a much better place to do that than where we currently live – one reason being that it’s much bigger. In addition to that, it is closer to both of our families, which we are really excited about.
Part of what made the decision so difficult is that we really do love our little college town, and we’ve become so connected here and formed so many relationships. Also, the husband has loved his job for the past five years, and as you know I love what I do as well. It’s really hard to leave a place that you love and that holds so many memories. But after about a million conversations of hashing out all the pros and cons, we realized that we can’t just keep holding onto the past because it’s what we know and love. We believe that sometimes we must leave behind something great in order to achieve something even better.
So, upon arriving home after being gone for the holidays, we finally felt confident in our decision and ready to move forward. Around the second week in January, the husband gave the final word at his current job, and so began the craziness of the last several weeks.
Fast forward to one week ago today. We met with our realtor to talk about what needed to be done to our house to get it in shape to sell, and then two days later the sign went up!
The first time I pulled up to our house and saw that sign I cried.
Then I started cleaning.
And it was a good thing I started cleaning because less than twelve hours later we got a call that someone wanted to see it! So, not only were we babysitting little Jinsol last Saturday, but we were also running around like mad getting our house as clean and as organized as possible in a four hour time span.
Less than 24 hours later, we got our first offer. Our house had been on the market for 48 hours. I just about died. Turning to the husband I said “I don’t think I’m ready for this” and he pulled me to him, nodding in agreement. We went through about 4 hours of negotiations, signing back and forth four times. And then at 8:30 pm Sunday night we had just started grocery shopping when my phone rang. It was our realtor – “we have a deal” she announced.
And again, right there in the middle of the frozen foods section the husband pulled me to him, and we hugged in disbelief.
I honestly still cannot believe we’ve sold our house. If you had asked me last September where we’d be in six months, there’s no way I would have said anywhere other than right here in our little house. It’s still beyond surreal, and even though we’re excited we’re in complete shock!
It has been a hard last few days for me. I’ve loved having a handful of jobs – it keeps things exciting and fresh! But it’s not fun when you have to quit five times, and every time is just as hard as the time before. I’ve now told all of my tutoring students except one and yesterday I stopped by and told the manager of the gym where I teach yoga. Sad times.
But I’m pushing through the sadness of it all, and trying to focus on the future. We think this will be a great move for us, and I’m really excited for what’s ahead! We close on our house February 28th, and we’re still looking at options of where to go next. We are highly considering building a house this time around, and we’ve found a neighborhood we love and even a specific lot that we’re excited about. If we move forward with it, our house would be completed around mid-June, so it’s just a matter of figuring out where to go between now and then.
I know one thing for sure – life is only going to get more crazy in the coming months! While I don’t admit it, the husband can vouch for the fact that his wife loves a little spontaneity and excitement. I hope you’ll continue to follow along in the coming months with me. I honestly don’t know what they’re going to bring – but I’m trusting that God’s plan is the best plan and we are going to make the very most of it!
Have you moved a lot in your life? Where’s your favorite place you’ve ever lived?