Our move initiated long ago.
Many people reached out when they heard we were moving back, “So do you guys have jobs?”
Ryan has worked for the same company nearly his entire career. When we were dating, he was in sales training, waiting to be placed in a territory that he would then manage.
I think we both knew back then that California was a strong possibility, but I wasn’t sold on it since I had just moved back from there several months prior.
When he was placed out West, I had my doubts, and I’ve shared it before, but we both had a 5-year plan for being out West.
During our time out West, Ryan grew in his sales role a lot. In the beginning, he had the Northern California and Nevada region, and then a few years (maybe more – I can’t remember!) back he also took on Utah (which, to this day, was one of my favorite trips out west when Samarah and I travelled with him).
This last year (in March) he had an incredible year and won almost every award he quite possibly could at their national sales conference (yeah, no one in the world would ever know it because he is one of the most humble beings I’ve ever met).
Shortly after, all of this began.
We didn’t know much about the role, except that it would no longer require us to be on the West coast and instead, Ryan would be working back at the company headquarter in Owatonna, Minnesota (which is only about 10 minutes from where we live).
And while the company initiated the move back to Minnesota, it was, in hindsight, the perfect time. We could never have planned it better.
In fact, I remember one night around Thanksgiving, my mom said to me, “I just feel like this is all happening for a reason.”
On several accounts, she was spot on.
The truth is that I’m not sure Ryan and I would have ever had it in us to go his company and say, “Okay, we have to leave and move back to Minnesota now.” And that’s because we truly, genuinely loved the life we created in California. (Also because I told Ryan I’d never pack and move across the country without a moving company. ha)
Ryan doesn’t start in the new role officially until March, and even though we have been in a weird limbo since the day I left California, December 20, I am so thankful that long ago this move initiated.
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- Making Sense of Change
- Gratitude Journal
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- Little Things Add Up
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- Sunday Reflections
- Chocolate Shake
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- Chaos is a Temporary State
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- Month One
- The Nudge to Connect
- 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
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- Good Enough is Enough
- There is No Dishwasher
- WWDW Number 8
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