I realized this morning, that it’s been nearly a year since I posted here. What a year it has been. When I last posted here I was living in South Carolina and praying about decisions for next steps professionally and personally. I write now on a quiet Sunday morning from my house in in Lexington. Much has changed in the last 365 days and at a pace that has left me sitting here wondering where the time as gone! For sake of remembrance and reflection let’s take a journey of the highlights of the last 11+ plus months.
The biggest change came in the form of a new job. After years of unread applications and dead ends I accepted a great position at Midway University in Kentucky. I left Anderson after 5 years and while I learned and grew a lot it was a much needed change. I flew to interview Derby weekend, was offered and accepted the position the next week. That set into motion a crazy 6 weeks of buying a house, selling a house, finishing a job, starting a job, and moving four states away.
The career change has been a good thing. I have a great team that I get to lead, work for great leadership, and we have the opportunity to build programs and traditions which will last a lifetime. Plus, the institution went coed this fall. Most professionals never get the chance to walk through that transition so that was an excellent experience. My last day at AU was June 27th and I started at Midway July 1st.
A new job meant a new state, or rather returning to an old familiar one. I traded a small town in Upstate South Carolina for a small city in Central Kentucky. While I work in a small town that feels very much like Mayberry, I live in Lexington. Prior to moving here my time spent in Lexington had been very small, but I’ve quickly fallen for my new city. I love being able to go to Target or the bookstore and not run into anyone I know, but yet also still be able to get across town fairly quickly. There’s always something going on, we have excellent local shops, breweries and farmers markets. Also, there are horse farms everywhere. Kentucky really is the most beautiful state. Truthfully, the only things I miss about SC are the people and the quick drive to the beach. Daniel Boone once said that “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place” and I think he was right.
My sweet little dollhouse on Belspring Lane went on the market May 18th. The night it listed, I walked Tuck around the block and asked the Lord to bring the right buyer, quickly, who would buy it full price with no more than $2000 in closing costs. Within 36 hours I had one showing and was under contract for exactly those terms. This was confirmation I was making the right move.
Next came the hard part– finding a home in Kentucky. After walking through more than 20 houses and some stressful mortgage gymnastics I bought a two story house with a fenced yard in Lexington. The house is a quick drive to work, has sidewalks that make a mile loop around the neighborhood, and provides quick access to anywhere in the city.
I closed on my SC house June 28th and my KY house July 1st. I am thankful to have had two excellent realtors in the process and a mortgage broker cousin who made the financing piece fall into place perfectly.
Other Changes & Happenings
Even though a new job and house are pretty major things, more has happened in the last year as well.
- I was accepted in the UK Educational Policy doctoral program and started classes in January. I’ve really enjoyed it although it’s been a challenge to balance school work and a full time job.
- I joined the Lexington Junior League! I’ve had friends who’ve been JLers in both Nashville and Waco and loved their experience. JL is a women’s organization that focuses on community service, philanthropy and historical preservation with a healthy dose of social connection. I’ve already started making some good friends and am looking forward to getting connected in Lexington with them.
- I’ve been able to watch a lot of UK football and basketball games with my dad and grandpa. When UK beat UofL I joined thousands of other UK Fans to welcome them back at Commonwealth Stadium.
- Completed my 6th Base Camp at Anderson, which was by all accounts, flawless.
- Shortly after ringing in the new year, we said good bye to one of my favorite people, my sweet Aunt Pat.
As I reflect on the last 12 months, the Lord’s hand in the details of my life are evident. I’m excited to see where this year leads as well!