Happy tears

Today has been an exceptional day, one that seems to improve as the day continues.

This move to Tennessee continues to show me on a daily basis that dreams come true. That our vision of what we wanted for ourselves is obtainable. All you have to do is set a plan, put it into action and continue to execute it until everything falls into place.

I told a high school friend tonight that it’s an incredible feeling to watch the plan unravel in front of your eyes, in a good way.

Each obstacle has been just that an obstacle . . . we keep pushing forward, so we can witness the dream we had before leaving Fort Myers unfold before us.

With that said . . .

I won’t lie, our move has been difficult, at times a little too stressful . . . . yep a few tears of frustration have fallen. The contributing factor of  course was and is money.

Through that stress I had and have a wonderful man by my side. We always seem to find a way to keep our eye on the light at the end of the tunnel, to keep chugging along until it became a little brighter.

The brightness is shinning a little more . . .

Jason and I were used to a certain pay scale living in Florida, one that left us somewhat comfortable. We knew things were going to be different in Tennessee because the cost of living was much lower than Fort Myers. Well, I was pretty stunned to hear what kind of pay cut Jason was receiving working in the restaurants as a chef.

Me on the other hand, as a freelance writer I get paid pretty well. Well, that is if I can manage my time . . . my pay per article is a good sum of money. The only battle with freelance work is waiting for your paycheck in the mail . . . that’s half of my frustration. After working for a newspaper for so many years, I was used to money in my account every other week.

Things are finally looking up! The stress lifts a little more every day . . . especially now with some promising work in Jason’s future.

He seems to have found a job that he is happy with . . . and just received word today that a second job may be in his very near future. I’m very excited for him, I cannot wait to see what kind of opportunities come out of these job opportunities.

And the good news continues . . .

I seem to have more work than I know what to do with at times. That statement alone brings a huge smile to my face.

What we have worked so hard for, our vision of creating a new life in another state, is blossoming, and it could not have happened at a better time.

Never ever give up . . . keep going until the satisfaction you are striving for becomes a realty. The best part is I would never ever change a thing. What has happened since we moved to Kingsport in May has only made us stronger. It has made me appreciate Jason even more.

Happiness . . . is a measurement of our success.

Now those happy tears . . .

First they came when text messages began flowing back and forth through my phone with a friend I have known since middle school. The words that were shared were words we both needed to hear, words that brough tears to both of our eyes.

“It made my heart smile.”

The second happy tears of the day came from a message I received from a friend I met in high school.

“I look forward to reading your blogs and posts; you have really been an inspiration and a force that has helped motivate me to pursue my dreams of moving to Washington. Thank you so much for that!!”

Wow, simply wow! Like I have always said, I hope I touch someone with my writing. Not a day goes by that I learn just how much it does. To be someone’s inspiration and motivation, what an incredible feeling.

Today was another fantastic day. Another day that showed me just how fortunate I am. I have a good life and I am sharing that with my best friend and love of my life.

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.