This past June, Simon & I went to Memphis for vacation. We have been there many times and flown in and out of Memphis for vacations to Clarksdale, Mississippi for Blues festivals. We love Memphis, it is my favorite city in the United States. I love the music culture and history, the warm climate, it is a perfect sized city for me (pop. 650,000), sits right on the Mississippi River, I am a huge Elvis fan, I love everything about Memphis.
We have had our house in Midland, Michigan for sale since this past Spring. We wanted to downsize and were looking for homes in Midland, closer to downtown. When we returned from our Memphis vacation in late June, we looked at a house that met all of our criteria and it was underpriced. Our realtor asked us what we wanted to do. We went to O2 and discussed things over a drink. We just couldn't bring ourselves to buy another house in Midland as we felt it would lock us into the rest of our lives, or until 'retirement', in Midland, Michigan.
We reached a point in the conversation where I said, "So we're moving to Memphis?" and Simon replied, "We're moving to Memphis!" We toasted and put our plans in place. We knew exactly what neighborhood we wanted to live in in Memphis - the cool, up and coming Cooper-Young neighborhood. We found a realtor in Memphis and found a home in about two months. We put in an offer on Labor Day weekend and got the house. We closed on October 2nd.
In the meantime, Simon was interviewing for chemical engineering jobs in Memphis and found a very small company only 6 miles from our new house that would offer a completely different experience than the huge 10,000 employee global bureaucracy that is Dow Corning. He completed the interview process, negotiated his new job, passed all of the clearances, and was able to resign from Dow Corning this past Thursday. NOW we could make our news public, it was a closely kept secret.
So, here we are. I have already moved to Memphis with our dog and cat and Simon will be joining me shortly. Our new home is a 105 year old historic home which needs some TLC. We have a big list of things we want to do to the new house as well as getting our home in Midland sold. We have a great new realtor and relocation assistance to make that happen. I have been on Angie's List (GREAT service!) lining up contractors and services to turn this house into our sanctuary. I will share a bit of that journey as we go along.
My plant based business is sort of on hold right now. I plan to blog and still offer coaching. I am starting to meet a whole new healthy vegan community in Memphis and understand how I can partner with people here to offer classes in the future. I am sure my business will morph and change as we make these big changes in our lives.
We are so happy we decided to proactively live our lives and move to a fun, cool city while we are still young enough to enjoy it. It is a huge change, with lots of emotions and things to work through, but we are supporting each other through the whole adventure.
Thank you for your patience with my blog and my business as I go through this transition. I am still always happy to help with plant based health, nutrition, and weight loss.