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2009 in review, personally

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

No bike content here, that’ll be a separate post.

2009 was a strange year. We spent most of the year in Pennsylvania, having moved there in October of 2008 when Sarah was offered a job there.

Her job was great, but we hated living there (really, we hated the Wilkes-Barre area, not the whole of PA). We missed our families, both of whom live in Indiana. We took a long hard look at what was important to us and we realized we belonged back in Indiana.

So, in September of 2009, we moved back home. Once we returned, we went through a lot of effort to attempt to put our lives back the way they were before the move. And, we did such a good job of it that now it almost feels like the 10 months we spent living in Pennsylvania never happened. Like a weird dream, or an extended vacation (even though our time there was largely miserable).

I also found myself unemployed at the beginning of 2009, and started my own company. That went relatively well, but ultimately I learned that I hate working for myself, at least in that way. After we moved back home, I got a more normal job, and it feels great.

So, in a way, it was a year-and-change of mis-fires: moving to Pennsylvania, starting my own company. But we learned valuable lessons about how we DON’T want to live, which in turn reinforced how we DO want to live. It was a year of taking risks, but also of taking control of our lives, and learning how to steer the ship. We oversteered a couple of times, but we managed to correct for it.

Moving back home was even risky. Sarah had to quit a good job so we could do it, and we spent a lot of our savings to make it happen. But we saw what we wanted and went for it, and I am proud to say that we did. We are now both gainfully employed and loving being here … near our families and friends. It’s great to be home.

6 Responses to “2009 in review, personally”

  1. Steve A Says:

    I look forward to being able to make a similar post – about going home that is. Y’all have a touch more cold
    than I prefer unless there are ski lifts around.

  2. Chris Says:

    It’s great to hear a good story here in these tough economic times.

  3. Bill Lambert Says:

    Learning what you don’t want is a very valuable lesson. I am glad it worked out for you.

    Alex and I both grew up in Indiana, and after we married we moved out of state for many years. There is an indescribable pull that attracted us back home to Indiana. Hard to put into words, but I think I know what you are talking about.

  4. Tim Says:

    I love the fact that you made the leap, but jumped back out b/c you were ready to do so, to chase you what you really valued. That’s great stuff!

  5. furiousBall Says:

    I agree with Tim, some people think that trying to start your own company and stopping the attempt is a failure. What most people don’t get is doing what you do not enjoy doing for a living is the worst failure of all. And honestly, I’m not sure if my own business is ultimately what will make me happy (it’s been good so far), but taking that leap is an accomplishment unto itself.

  6. Ray Says:

    Congratulations on making it happen. Reading between the lines in your Pennsylvania posts, one could tell you weren’t really happy there.

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