My husband and I were at a youth football game the other evening when someone sitting near us spotted us holding hands (calm down - I assure you that we aren't "those" people) and commented, "Oh, how sweet. Young love." We both looked at each other and laughed. After being together nearly ten years, and facing many of life's biggest obstacles during that time, most days we feel like we've been together forever. FOR-EV-ER (said in my best Sandlot voice).
But last week, we celebrated a major milestone - living in Tennessee for a year! Although this benchmark may seem insignificant to some, it's major for us. For us, our move marked the first step towards true stability. For nearly eight years, we learned to handle life on our own, hundreds of miles away from family. We hoped and prayed for the day we would be closer to family and friends, and when, in our words, we could really "start living."
This year has brought so much change, it's hard to fathom. We packed up our 3 bedroom, 2 bath house and moved in to a 1 bedroom, 1 bath space with family. My husband took his dream job, and I left mine. A few months later, we moved into our own space and I joined my husband at one of the country's finest universities doing what I love. Early this year, following an interest and separate passion, I took a leap of faith and got my real estate license and have been working to build my brand. In July, seeing the need for networking opportunities for my growing business and other local women, I responded to a post looking for new cities to spread the Housewives in the City love. And the biggest change - almost a year to-date from starting our lives here in TN, we inked the contract on our first home!
What a year!
Although we've learned some hard lessons along the way, this year has been the best one yet! And the best part? We all have this opportunity each year - an opportunity to stand back and reflect on the year's progress, struggles, growth, and blossoming possibilities. I'm not crazy enough to believe that every year will be stuffed with rainbows and glitter, but it makes the tough days/weeks/months a little easier to trudge through when you've taken the time to focus on the growth.
So, cheers to the next year of possibilities!
Hey y'all I'm Jennifer and I"ll be hosting Girls Nights Out, daytime meet-ups and other exciting events for Housewives in the City here in K-Town! Although I was born in Bristol, TN, my dad's job had us living in 11 states within 7 years! We bounced around as far north as Pennsylvania and as far south as Alabama before relocating to Knoxville in 1989. I tried moving away when my husband's job took us up north but nope, it just didn't stick- back to Knoxville I came and here I will stay! I have 3 fantastic kiddos and I have been known to enjoy bacon...on my bacon! Now, as far as Knoxville goes, you probably know that A) Around here football season is a 5th season- Go Vols! B) We take being "Scruffy" very seriously and C) It is a town full of amazing people-especially the ladies! So come on out to one of our events, meet some amazing women, have a great time and be sure to say "Hey Jen!"