“You’re running the Chicago Marathon?”, you ask. Nope. I am not Chicago bound because I am running the marathon this October. In fact, despite debating it for a while, I didn’t even try to register or enter the lottery.
I am Chicago bound because…
WE ARE MOVING TO CHICAGO!!!
What you read next might be a rambling mess. Even though I have been writing this blog post in my head for weeks…no make that months now…this is so life changing that I am not sure where to start.
Brad got a new job in Chicago. It is a position that he has always aspired to in his career and with a company that he has a great deal of experience working with as one of his current clients. Needless to say, he is thrilled beyond belief for the opportunity and I couldn’t be more excited that I can fully support him chasing a career dream of his, while still staying on track with mine.
My company, specifically, my super supportive and amazing boss, is allowing me to work remotely in Chicago. We are doing some investigation into what remote offices we have there (yes, my company is so big that no one even knows where all the offices are!), but if there is not a convenient corporate office, then I will be working from home. I know there are advantages and disadvantages of working from home (and don’t think I haven’t been following the explosion of the discussion around this topic in the media lately), but right now all I can visualize is being in yoga pants with puppies on my lap all day 🙂
There are a number of reasons that working remotely is acceptable for the position that I have right now, but a big reason is that I am spending a ton of time on the phone with people in Peoria, IL right now. My boss and I have agreed that I will make the 2.5 hour drive down there a few times a month to spend time with them in person. Since we have family there…I see it as a win/win for me getting to support Brad’s career, spend time with my in-laws and nieces and make it easy for my boss to justify why this is the right thing to do.
Brad will start his new position on April 22 (SO SOON!) but of course we are in the process of closing on a home in Chicago and selling our home here, so I am not sure when I will transition. I have a project that I will wrap up in the next 30 days that requires me to be in Greenville, so staying here will allow me to get the house stuff taken care of, throw a baby shower for this beautiful girl and maintain a little consistency with marathon training.
Speaking of training…no I still don’t know where I will be living when it is time to travel to Eugene for the marathon. I alluded to this in a recent post and so far I still have no clarity. Despite having a pretty strongly Type-A personality, I have relocated enough times to know that some things just have to be taken as they come and decisions can’t always be made in advance. I am just breathing, controlling what I can and trying to let everything else go. So far, so good! Or maybe it just hasn’t quite hit me yet?!
As excited as we are for the big change, the move is very, very bittersweet. We absolutely LOVE Greenville and will absolutely miss our life here. It is a beautiful, smallish town, with an outstanding outdoor community that is huge for running and cycling (for me) and golf (for Brad). We have AMAZING friends and neighbors here and it makes my heart ache just thinking about saying goodbye to them. Oh, and I won’t even get started on the weather. Ahhh, the weather.
BUT we also have a great group of friends in Chicago…both from college and our time living in Illinois after college. We absolutely love the city, access to shopping, airports, great food, SPORTS (CUBS! BEARS!) and everything else that a big city provides. I know we will eventually get established and have a life we love there too, but it will take time.
I am sure there will be many more follow-ups to this post. Things will be crazy, but I hope to document it all…the excitement, frustrations, sadness, and all the other emotions that come with such a big life change. I want to be able to look back and re-live this journey…if nothing else for lessons learned for the next go-round!
So, who lives in Chicago? I will need running partners, cycling buddies and somewhere to swim that doesn’t require my entire paycheck for a membership. Also, who is running a race in the city and wants to stay with me?! We will have plenty of space in our new house!