Step One

by Jenny on January 19, 2012

After we made the decision that Brian was going to be heading to Korea for the 2012 baseball season, the next big decision came quickly after – what am I going to do?

By the end of last season, Brian and I both were tired of being away from each other for such long periods of time and the wear and tear of commuting using late night and early morning drives was definitely taking its toll on me. We decided then that we didn’t want to be apart like that anymore and toiled with the idea of me pursuing a career that was more “mobile” than my current one so that I could work from whatever city was his “home” one for the year.

When things looked like he was heading back to Lehigh Valley though, we, however, made the tough decision that I would stay at my current job and again commute back and forth when our schedules allowed. It didn’t seem like a good time for me to give up my career and at the same time, the two-hour drive back and forth wasn’t something that we couldn’t and hadn’t already faced.

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That is when the curve-ball of Korea was thrown at us and we had to start thinking (and thinking fast) of what our options were for being together, opposed to completely around the world from one another. In this case, there was only one option and that was for me to go with him.

Step one of making that happen? Putting my career on hold, quitting my job and packing up my life in Baltimore for a few months.

I informed upper management and some of my co-workers yesterday of my intent to resign from my current position and job that I have held since 2006 effective in early March.

Step One: Complete.

Lunch

With how chaotic this morning was, I didn’t have time to really put a lunch together but luckily my fridge in my office was stocked with things from earlier in the week that I hadn’t consumed with my lunches or as my morning and afternoon snacks.

I was able to put together a pretty solid meal given the circumstances!

Ham and cheddar cheese sandwich.

And a pear with peanut butter.

Better yet, I still have a Greek yogurt, baby carrots and wheat thins with cheese slices to choose from for later in the day!

Score!

Time to fight through the afternoon at work until I can make it home to some seriously needed couch time.  I can barely hold my eyes open!!!

Question:

If your significant other was relocating for a job and it meant giving up yours to follow him/her, would you do it?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Life's a Bowl January 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Long-distance relationships can be so draining, but when you finally reunite it’s the best feeling! I’d def follow my fiance if his job relocated him- something that we actually discussed last night because he found out he’ll be doing a lot of traveling in the near future [hopefully just for short times]! Look forward to following your journey and experiences :)

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2 diana January 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

It seems very acceptable in our society to relocate for a profession/job, which really is only one part of your day/life. The other half of your life is just as important to move for! So while I am going to miss you lots, it makes complete sense that you move for the other (big) part of your life.

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3 sisterdot56 January 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

hi have happy weekend”’sisDOT

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4 dandibacco January 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I love the “So I’m quitting my job and moving to Korea. Here’s what I had for lunch….” segue. :)

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5 Jenny January 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Gotta take it with a grain of salt, right?! Haha just kidding…it was a huge decision but I guess I’m settled with it now so its easy for me to say and move on. It definitely wasn’t easy to start.

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6 Meaghan January 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I think it would depend on the circumstances and the personalities of the couple. In your situation, I would do what you are doing. You guys are going to be married within the year and who wants to spend that time apart. Lame. I am not particularly career minded so I would probably relocate with even a less serious commitment than you guys have, ;)

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7 Joey January 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

That is how I ended up in Vegas! :) You will have an amazing adventure together, and your relationship will grow so much because you will only have each other to rely on in your new city. I’m so excited for you.. what an amazing opportunity! :)

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8 Jenny January 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Thanks Joey!! Part of the reason I decided to go was because I couldn’t imagine him being in a foreign country without someone close to him to be able to talk to and explore with. I would have hated having to go by myself if it was me so the decision was easy!

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