Family means SO much to both of us, and we both have HUGE families. Like, huge HUGE. This move means so much to the both of us, because we miss out on life’s important, and not-so-important moments. With both of our careers it was difficult making the trip back to Tampa even though it’s only 3 hours away. We missed out on birthdays, parties, births, and other important milestones. But the part we missed the most? Just being able to pop on over, on a random Tuesday night, and have dinner with our family. Those are the greatest moments.
How’d we end up in Jacksonville? I will make this long story short… Daniel and I ended up attending Riverview High School at the same time. That is where our friendship began, and led to our relationship after high school. After high school, Daniel attended Jacksonville University and I went to school at the University of South Florida. After graduating in 3 years, I wanted to be closer to him (and have a non-long distance relationship). Also, the job market was a heck of a lot better for a new grad with a business degree in Jacksonville.
Daniel has only ever had one job, yeah he has been with Winn Dixie since he was 17 years old. He loves every second of it, and has worked his way up through the company. Crazy, I know. As for me… I went from a job in corporate America, to a Marketing Manager for a small business… yet, MY business was always on the back burner.
Number Two: Hubby’s Career Growth
This man freaking loves his job. I mean, I don’t get it, because it’s a grocery store, and he works at least 12 hours a day. But he TRULY loves it. Hey, more kudos to him, because someone needs to do it… and that someone DEF isn’t me. Some of you may know, Winn Dixie was struggling there for a bit, but Daniel has stuck through it, and it will pay off.
He has been so fortunate to work under some amazing leaders, gain an insane amount of exposure from corporate leadership, and progress his career at such a rapid pace. He started out as a cashier and worked his way up to now being second in charge at his store.
Winn Dixie is going through a ton of structural changes, both financial and at the store level. My husband has been a part of projects to update processes throughout the company. His store is also about to go through a re-model… which you probably think isn’t a big deal… but it is INSANELY amazing. Without boring you anymore, he is getting transferred to a great district and will have opportunities for advancement in Tampa. I can’t wait to see him flourish.
Number Three: Full Time Photographer
If you are still reading, give yourself a pat on the back. You a real one! This is the reason you clicked on this blog post… you want to know more about my journey into full time entrepreneurship.
I have to start by saying, I am scared, really scared. Yeah you read that right. I am petrified. Yet, I have never felt so happy and content in my entire life. I am not scared of failing, because I know I will fail, and I will accept that gracefully. I am scared to find out if I am enough, and if I have what it takes to run a business full time. I am scared that this decision could be a huge set back in my life. You know what I am more scared of though? Regret.