Dawson Update

Sorry for the lack of regular posts here on the blog.  It has been a busy past few weeks and the blog has been pushed to the side for the time being.  But don’t worry, once the craziness of our move and Adam’s new job has died down I will have plenty of time to devote to writing posts and giving you guys recipes!

I thought that I would drop in today and give you a quick update on what’s going on here in the Dawson house.  If you recall my husband, Adam, was offered a job at Aon Benfield in Chicago.  Once we found out and talked about it, we decided to make the move to Chicago and thus begun our search for a new apartment.  Luckily it didn’t take that long and we found a great place in the Lakeview area of Chicago.  We both fell in love with the area and the variety of things that are available to us there.  It’s also a short commute for Adam which is pretty much one of the main reasons we were moving.  We signed the lease and will be moving towards the end of May.

Now, I’m not sure how familiar many of you are with downtown living, but it tends to be a little bit of a smaller space.  Our new apartment is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, with a living room/dining room and kitchen.  While it is not super tiny, it is a lot smaller than our 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, home here in Sycamore.  So we have been slowly going through our things and downsizing to only the essentials.  At times, I look around and start to panic and think, “There is no way that we will be able to fit into this new space!”  But I know that once we actually make the move and get everything organized, it will all work just fine.  It’s also nice to get down to the bare essentials, sometimes we get so bogged down with “stuff” that we think we need but we really don’t.  While I may hate moving, it does help to keep us from becoming pack rats because who wants to move a bunch of useless things? Not I.

Stuff we really don't need...

Stuff we really don’t need…

I have also been feeling my way into the health and nutrition arena of the world to see where I can fit in and start my own career.  There are numerous programs to become certified in a variety of things, so I’m not worried about finding the right fit.  I am finding that I am most passionate about the food/nutrition side of things and have been leaning towards continuing my education in that sense.  While I have nothing definite yet, it is exciting to plan my own future and think about what I really want to do.  After the move I will be able to devote 100% of my time to pursuing that and I can’t wait!

That’s pretty much all the excitement that is going on in my little corner of the world.  Thankfully it seems that the weather is slowly turning to spring here in the midwest and it has been a little warmer.  I really do love this time of year when I go outside and can actually smell things like trees and grass and flowers.  It’s also nice to not have to put on 6 thousand layers just to walk to the car and not freeze to death.  Hopefully it stays this way and we can finally enjoy spring!  I hope that you all have a great week and I will talk to you soon!

Beautiful morning for a spring time run!

Beautiful morning for a spring time run!

Changes; They are a-coming

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.

Yes I made my husband take a picture in front of his new building.  Isn't he cute?

Yes I made my husband take a picture in front of his new building. Isn’t he cute?

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!

Love this man!

Love this man!