I know this post is a day late, I’m sorry. But as you are about to learn, it has been a busy weekend for us and things are about to get busier.
My husband, Adam, has been searching for a job since about last November. He has applied to any and everything that is within his skill set and all over the US. All of that searching finally paid off and he was offered a job with Aon Benfield as a Catastrophe Risk Analyst. He happily accepted and will start with them in June. Now the changes start happening. His new job is in downtown Chicago, he will literally work right across the street from Millenium Park. From where we are now, the commute would be over 2 hours each way. Not really the ideal situation, so after much talking and debating we decided that it would be best for us to move closer to his job. What would spring be without the Dawson’s looking for and moving to a new place? While the idea of moving is not the most appealing to me (I’ve moved every single year for the past 5 years), we are both excited to start this next chapter of our lives.
Needless to say, I have had many emotions about this whole situation. I am so happy and proud of Adam for getting an amazing job that will both challenge him and allow him to excel. I am excited to move to the more “adult” phase of life, complete with “real” jobs (will we ever really feel like adults or qualify our jobs as real people jobs? Eh, maybe). I’m also scared to leave the comfort of our town and routine. We have lived in this area for 7+ years. I know everything here, I’m familiar with it’s rhythms and motions. I like it here, this area has been so good to us. I’m sad to leave my job. While I knew going in that it wasn’t a long term job, they have become like a second family. Sure there have been days when dealing with a 2 year old and a 9 month old have been challenging and tiring, but it has been fun to see those two grow up. I’m also nervous about pursuing my passions, specifically in the health realm. I have so many doubts about myself and I’m worried about failure, yet I know that it is time to go after what I want to do. As you can see, I have run the full gamut of emotions, and I am sure that there will be more to come as we get closer to the move and Adam’s start date.
But the most important thing is that even though I might be scared or nervous or stressed or anxious, I know that we can do this. I know that I can do this. So often in the past I have fought and resisted change and it has only caused more hardship. While I can’t promise that I will full embrace all the change that is about to happen or not occasionally have a breakdown, I can say that I am going to do my best to be flexible and understanding with this process. I’m not afraid to ask for help or communicate when I have too much on my plate anymore. I have such an amazing support system, with Adam as well as with my family and friends. I know they will offer as much help as they can and in any way they can. I am blessed to have all of them in my life.
So please forgive me in advance if I’m not posting as regularly. We have a lot to get done in these next few months and I’ll be putting most of my energy into that. I’ll keep you all updated as much as I can along the way! On another note, any of you who live in Chicago have any advice about where to live there? If you have any tips, advice, or info PLEASE send it my way! Have a great week everyone!