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When we purchased our current home about two years ago, I was excited because we were finally living more in the heart of things and I knew life on a bike would be just a bit easier than it had been. However, recent conversations with a friend have had me inching closer to the thought of heading "home." So much so that I had Sam hunting for jobs in the area we would like to move. And then, it happened.
He got an interview. Whoa! It's strange how things happen when we least expect them. Sure, Sam has a wealth of experience in his chosen field, and there's no reason someone shouldn't want to interview (or hire) him, but typically it's a tough thing to get an interview out of state (I know, because we tried to do it here when we were thinking about a move to Colorado). The phone interview went great and they set up a Skype interview. Then, the Skype interview went well and references were requested (and contacted almost immediately). A job offer was looming.
Meanwhile, panic set in. Are we really going to move back - the question kept running through my mind. It was all happening so quickly... It felt rushed, and I felt sick. It was exactly what I had been wanting for so long, but now it just didn't seem like the right choice. Except that in some moments it did feel right. Back and forth the conversations went with discussion regarding where we would live, what we would do with our current house, and what about the three dogs? That's a lot of beings in a space - and probably a small space - in an area that really doesn't seem to like pets in rentals. There probably wouldn't be studio space for me to work (though that could be rented outside of the home - and would give me a destination, perhaps making me more productive), and/or I may even end up back in a more traditional work role if we moved.
I truly believe that it's possible to live virtually anywhere if one is willing to change his/her lifestyle. Were we ready to change ours? What was most important? Being close to family? The beach? Having studio space in our home? The potential for growth in this possible position? Of course, a decent biking spot would be a requirement (which wouldn't be hard in the area we were looking). My head quickly spun with all the possible scenarios, and as much as I wanted to have things settled, I just couldn't come to a conclusion with any of the possible outcomes.
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