When I was a kid, my family moved more than a half dozen times before I turned 18.
On my 18th birthday, I moved out of my parent’s Knoxville, Tennessee home to my first apartment. It was near UTK , where I was enrolled.
Within a year, I had left Tennessee and moved to California.
And in the past 20 years, my husband and I have moved six times, mostly for my career.
So when I told family and a few friends that I was moving again, no one seemed all that surprised.
But I surprised myself with this decision to relocate.
When we moved to Richmond, Virginia six years ago, I hoped this would be my last big move. We were ready to finally put down roots.
We bought a house (even before we had sold the house we owned from our previous South Carolina stop.) I joined a couple of local community groups. After a lot of failed attempts, I found a place to get my hair done where I felt comfortable strolling in, knowing I would leave happy with my haircut.
So why move again?
This move is for love. After being out of the daily newspaper business for more than a year, I realized how much I missed it. I realized how much I love it.
It’s been a thrill launching my company, In Your Shoes Media. I’ve enjoyed helping community newspapers create digital content for their websites.
I worked at the Virginia Department of Transportation and learned more about potholes, tolls and roadkill than I ever imagined.
But I missed the excitement of being in a newsroom each day. I loved working with a team to find the best stories and figuring out the best ways to share those stories with our audience. And I want to be a part of the important changes happening in the industry now.
So I’ve moved from Virginia to Lafayette, La. to get back into the newspaper/online/mobile/media business and to do what I love doing.
It’s surprising what we do for love.
(I’ll share more about my Va2La move over the next few months.)