Pure happiness

IMAG1909Yesterday marked a month since we arrived in Kingsport, TN, a month since our new adventure began.

“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

There is so much truth in this statement. Although there were times when stress overcame the both of us as we were trying to find work and make ends meet, we stuck together and made things happen. We encouraged each other to keep going.

Since day one I have told Jason that he is my rock . . . This man keeps me going, keeps the positive attitude flowing freely and is my strength when it’s hard for me to find some.

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers

The believers and thinkers

But most of all surround yourself

With those who see greatness within you.” 

I continue to reach for the stars because Jason inspires me to become more. He knows what my dreams are; he knows what I am capable of doing.

I left Fort Myers with a freelance job for two publications, so I would have some type of income while trying to find work. Since arriving that work load has increased. I now write for seven publications – one being my old newspaper the Pine Island Eagle. Unfortunately the woman who replaced me has already resigned, leaving the position open once again. It has been a lot of fun writing articles for the Eagle these past couple of weeks. The best part is it has kept me extremely busy, well too busy at times.

Many of the sources I have used for the article are asking me to return, as well as sharing how much they miss me. These people continue to touch me even though I am now a couple of states away. One woman told me the best paper since I left was the one that my articles began appearing in once again.

I always knew it was important to network, but never knew how many opportunities can come out of keeping a relationship with someone. When I was let go from a paper in Arizona, due to the downturn in the economy, I kept in touch with one of my fellow reporters. It has been a great relationship throughout the years because Christina shares the same passion for journalism as I do. We share some of the stories we have worked on, the frustrations that come with the job and where our career has taken us.

A few weeks ago I was floored when she offered me a freelance position for four different publications in Arizona. I am grateful that she thought of me – that she offered me a job for publications that she now is the editor for.

As I fill my days with phone interviews, email interviews and writing to meet the many new deadlines, I have also been pursuing a job lead for a paper in Bristol, VA. Within days I should hear the final outcome of the continuous communication with the editor.

The opportunities are also blossoming for Jason as well. An application he filled out turned into a job interview the next day, which then turned into a job. A few days after he started working at this restaurant in Elizabethton the owner offered him a tremendous opportunity – his own breakfast restaurant in the same area.

I am beyond excited for Jason! Now the recipes for a breakfast menu are coming to fruition, as well as everything else that goes along with a restaurant. I love watching Jason’s expressions as he talks about this new journey, the tone in his voice that shows his excitement. I cannot wait to see this come together, I cannot wait to sit down in his restaurant and enjoy a meal at one of the many tables.

All of this just goes to show some times taking a risk is worth it . . . sometimes going out of your own comfort zone offers many rewards. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined these opportunities would surface for the both of us.

Now with our careers taking off, the vision of our future that we have talked about is one step closer to coming true.

I love that I made this move, I love that I made this move with my best friend and the love of my life.

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