A Moving Announcement!

I want to share a few things on this beautiful father’s day.

First, I have been honored and awed by the flood of comments that I’ve received both online and off regarding my Things I’m Afraid To Tell You Post.  I so appreciate your kind and thoughtful words.  I know many of you experience some of the same feelings as I. Thank you much for your gracious support. I want to assure you all that I am very grateful for all that I have in my life. I acknowledge that my life is rich and full of wonderful things. I feel very lucky. Still, I believe that no matter what situation we’re in, we can all have these self-doubts and concerns and that it is okay to voice them. I also want to assure you that I am not paralyzed by the insecurities I described. Feelings such as these, as for many people, are more episodic in nature depending on what is going on around me. Most days I am full of joy and thrilled that I am spending so much time doing things I love, some days are filled with anxiety and some days with sadness. This is all okay. As I step into my own shoes and embrace all that I am and what I love to do, the sad and anxious days dwindle. I think we can all work on being thankful for what we have, embracing our true selves and approaching life with a happy and positive attitude. This is why I always come back to the importance of enjoying that precious present moment and this is particularly important for me right now.

My family just received some rather big news. My husband just got his dream job with the Baltimore Ravens as the Director of Football Analytics. He is beyond excited, as are we for him, too. It has been a long time coming and a very twisty road to get there. He quit his job 6 years ago to pursue this dream. For three years, I worked hard to support the family while he went for it. After three years, I asked him to find a regular paying job again. The stress of providing financially for the family had gotten overwhelming for me. I know he was disappointed, but he didn’t give up. He kept working at nights and squeezing in sports work when he could. Three months ago, I took a big gulp and told him to give it another go. Three months later, we find ourselves facing packing up the house, leaving the only home the kids have known and moving across the country to the east coast. No matter. I can’t express how thrilled I am for Sandy to achieved his life long goal. What an amazing thing for the kids and me to witness. It is an exciting new chapter for us all.  This will open up new opportunities for me as well, which have me rather giddy.  In the meantime, we are going to take this Father’s Day to celebrate our successes and bask in the sunlight of this happy day.

Thanks for being a great Dad, Sandy!
Love from Charlie.

And, from Baillie (your sports fanatic)
And, from Allie, your little love!
Happy Father’s Day from us all! and congratulations for achieving your dream. May we all strive to taste a bit of that sweet treat. xo anne
  1. Jen

    Oh my! Congratulations!!! This is so exciting for you both. Yay!

  2. Mia

    So exciting! Congrats guys :-) Excited for you to become a fellow Baltimore-ian!!

  3. Kathie

    Exciting time for your family! Good luck and welcome to the East Coast

  4. Congratulations to your family! How wonderful for your husband.

  5. Chris

    Congratulations!! Achieving your dream job- what a fabulous accomplishment!

  6. Jess Goldman

    Congrats, Sandy! Eastward, ho!

  7. Sharon

    1st, congrats from me, too. I am so impressed that you took a leap of faith that allowed your husband to live his dream. 2nd, when I read your last post, I thought you must have been living in my head. The only thing that didn’t apply is that I don’t have a blog. It is comforting to know that I am not alone & this may be a human condition. I will hold on to it during the dark days. Also, I love visiting you so much that you are one of the automatic “spots” on my home page. I would have never thought any of what you said about you, so maybe others don’t see me as I see myself. Food for thought.

    • anne

      Sharon,
      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment here. I’m so glad (or not) that you could relate to my post! It does feel better to know we aren’t alone in the feelings that we have. I am so thrilled that you connect so much with the blog. That is why I do what I do. One thing that I have learned is that people rarely think about us as much as we might think they do so the best thing is to just keep pursuing what we love.
      xo anne

  8. stacie

    Anne, I’m so happy for your hubby and the whole family! How exciting, we will have the chance to meet in real life! I’m in Frederick, Maryland which is only 45 minutes from Baltimore. Welcome to the East coast! xo Stacie

  9. Congratulations to your husband for holding onto that dream and making it come true … and, well, he didn’t make it come true alone, obviously. Congratulations to you all!

    I have a question if you don’t mind taking a moment to answer even if in a private email. I’m just curious about your husband’s background that qualified him for such a dream job? I ask because my son who is in his last year playing Div 1 lacrosse will graduate with degrees in math, economics, and actuarial science. Analytics are what he does a lot of. I’ll bet working with a sports team would be right up his alley. He already does a lot of coaching. Besides lacrosse, he has played football and hockey. I’ll bet my son would be interested to know how your husband got to where he is now.

    Thanks very much and again, congratulations to you all!

  10. anne

    Yay. Thanks everyone for your congrats and happy thoughts. I am now feeling totally underwater with the idea of moving everything in 30 days so thanks so much for your warm words. They all make it easier!!

  11. Hey Anne! It’s Melinda from SQUAM! OMG! CONGRATS!!!!!! And the east coast is the best place to live :) That’s such great news for you and your family. Maybe this means you’ll find yourself in NY at times and we can hook up for a cup of coffee and/or some knitting :) My son says the Baltimore Ravens need a new kicker. Let your husband know :)

    • anne

      Melinda, you are so funny! I’ll let my hubby know. Would love to get together with you sometime and knit up a storm! :)

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