This is big news! It’s really exciting, it’s really scary, and it's going to be a really big change. But we are so pumped for this. I mentioned in my 2019 post that we would have some exciting changes to announce and this was one of them. If you’ve been reading my blog for the past year or so, you’ll know that firstly I haven’t been posting like AT. ALL. Secondly, that I haven’t been happy lately. And finally, that I constantly say “I hate my job.” Well this is us taking steps to fix these problems.
We’re moving to Indiana—to my hometown with my family. But we’re moving with basically nothing lined up for housing or work. I know, it’s a big change AND a big risk. We aren’t really sure what we’re going to be doing, but we know that this change is what we need to do to put us on track for being in a better spot with our life.
Making the decision.
Talk of moving back to Indiana started between Trevor and I shortly after we got married. My parents have been making changes within their businesses and mentioned (more as a side note) that it would be nice to have our help. This got Trevor and I dreaming about a different life. We had already been applying for different jobs, so why not take a leap and work with my parents back in Indiana?!
When my parents started talking real business with us, we quickly realized that this dream could actually be a reality and that we could make this work. My mom and dad brought up a couple of options for us in regards to roles that we might have to do, ideas that we could help execute, and tasks that they could find for us that would be helpful for them.
The idea of working for a family business, rather than a company corporation like we do now, is kind of scary. With a small family owned business you don’t always know what you’re going to be doing, and you have to evolve to fit whatever role the business currently needs most. And honestly, it’s pretty scary not really knowing what we’re going to do. Thankfully, we are going to have a 6 month transition period!! Trevor will continue to work with our current company remotely until August! This is a big blessing because it is going to allow us to still have a consistent salaried income and benefits during the time in which we are figuring out how we are going to be incorporated into the family business.
Telling my family.
All of these final decisions were made shortly before Christmas with my mom and dad, but the rest of the family was out of the loop. When we were home in Indiana for a holiday break, Trevor and I decided to break the news to my sisters and the rest of our extended family. We vlogged these moments as part of our Vlogmas 2018 series on our YouTube channel, so I’ve linked that video below.
Selling our house.
This was one of the hardest parts of our decision to move. If we did not own a home, then we would probably have moved out of Kansas a long time ago. But, selling a house is difficult and nerve racking. Also, I do really love our house. It’s been a great home, I’ve put lots of personal touches on it, and I literally cry thinking about leaving this special house. But I know that Indiana is going to be better for us, and we will make a home there that’s even better than the one we currently have here.
One issue is that we haven’t lived in this house long enough to have built up much equity, so the sale is going to be pretty tight in order to not owe money in the end. We’re not selling our house to make a profit, but rather just selling it so that we can get out of it which makes the transition a little easier. We listed our house early in January and have had almost non-stop showings ever since. One person even put in an offer which put us in an “under contract” status for awhile, but unfortunately that fell through! We’re really bummed that the sales portion is taking a bit longer than expected, but we have faith that it will all work out in the end.
Make sure to follow our vlog channel for consistent updates on the moving progress. We’re going to be posting all of the updates there. And if you have questions about what it’s like to buy or sell a house feel free to comment on the videos, and we can address them in future vlogs.
So, what you can expect to happen next from us is 1) lots of moving vlogs on YouTube, 2) hopefully more consistent posting on my blog and YouTube channels as I will not have a typical 8-5 anymore, 3) lots of fun activities and events with my family, and 4) future goals being set in place like starting a family and building a house.
We are officially moving on February 15th whether our house is sold or not. We are temporarily moving into an apartment that my parents own until we save enough to start building or something else works out. Trevor will continue to work remotely for Cerner, and I will begin transitioning into whatever roles my parents need me to fulfill. I will also be making quite a few trips back to Kansas City for wedding videography gigs that I already have booked throughout 2019.
Trevor and I are both really excited for this change, but we also know that there is going to be a bit of a rough transition period as we figure things out. I am really glad to be sharing all of that with you; however, I just want you to keep in mind that, well, we don’t really know what we’re doing! We’re over here living our best life, keeping our happiness in mind, and taking risks that will hopefully work out in the future.