Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenches to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin;
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Change in life is the worst and the best, the bitter and the sweet. Like a whirling tornado ripping through a city, life’s bending pathways give no notice, and they yield to no one. Sometimes you think you have it all worked out… and then things change. Suddenly you don’t have it all worked out. You’ve just been pulled up in to the dizzy spin of the tornado, and you’re not quite sure where it’s going to spit you out.
If you had asked me what my plan was just 12 months ago, I would have given you a year-by-year breakdown of the next decade. I was going to Graduate School, I was going to earn my PhD in German Studies, I was going to spend the summers traveling and researching in Germany and Brazil, I was going to settle down in a tenure track position somewhere and buy a house with the money I had saved.
But then the tornado hit. And things changed. I rapidly realized that academics was not the field for me—it’s feisty and critical, it’s underpaid and over demanding, it’s debilitating to your physical and mental health. I also made the best decision of my life: to marry Kelsey, albeit after a somewhat unique dating situation. Our priorities changed. There were two of us two consider, two sets of wishes, dreams and hopes to include. Our finances were reassessed. We also needed health insurance so we could start a family.
I didn’t want to continue with academics, and Kelsey wanted to return to her home state of Tennessee.
The job hunt began!
Over Christmas I met with the SVP of a customs brokerage company, V. Alexander, and was fortunate enough to get an interview with his recruiting team just a month later. After weeks of reworking my résumé, 8 long hours of interviewing spread over two sessions, some aptitude testing, and several days of driving, I was offered the opportunity to join their team. And we delightedly accepted.
So we are moving to Nashville, TN!
You never know where you’ll be in 6 months. You never know where the tornado will throw you out. In our case, I think we just got real lucky this time. Nashville is a great city, and we both love its vibrant atmosphere, its quirky corners and, of course, its legendary music scene.
Watch this space for updates on our move, house hunt and family plans over the next 12 months. In the meantime, if you’re ever itching for a vacation…come visit us!