After nearly 8 years in Southwest Missouri, we packed our bags and moved back to where my journalism career started in Wilmington, North Carolina. We loved living near the beach and joked about "retiring early" in the south. However, when we got the call to come to Madison, Wisconsin, we knew we couldn't pass it up.
Even though we've owned three houses in 3 states since 2008, the move to Madison seemed the most challenging. Jim had worked in news management in Missouri and North Carolina but we knew he was ready to make a move into something else. It was intimidating!
Jim had to adjust going back to school. Since he already had a degree, Madison College's two year program for mobile app development seemed like the best fit. Still, he was the oldest person in his classes (often by more than 20 years) and he remained insanely busy working as a student developer at UW. Incredibly, he finished strong with a cumulative 3.9 GPA.
So what job did he take? Right now he's working for a news media corporation that owns several television stations across the country, including one here in Wisconsin. The best part? His office is at home. Minnie stands guard each morning to make sure no one bothers him.
So thanks to everyone for their kind words, their good juju, their love and support. If you happen to have any advice on how to succesfully work at home, we'd love to hear from you -- like, do you wear your PJs all day? Do you go out for coffee in the morning to feel like you're going to work? We need to know!
Seriously, thanks for everything. It's hard to believe this is happening. This is the fastest two years we've ever lived. We are trying to savor these moments.