If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post last week when I mentioned that it had been a big week for my family. And it was. To be honest, the last three months have been a complete whirlwind for us as we decided what was next. Our oldest will be in Kindergarten next year, so we knew this year would be one where we either moved, or changed our current situation to better suit our family.
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you already know that Bella Carta is not my full-time job, and that for the last 10 years I've been commuting in and out of New York City. NYC was always the dream growing up; anyone who was anyone worked in the city, so when I landed my first job out of college, I was elated to tell people I was working in the city. The fast-pace, the bright lights, I was ready to soak it all in. But only on my terms. You see, I never wanted to live in the city. I just wanted to experience it during the day, and so, I've commuted every day for the last 10 years. When I was single and living in Connecticut, it was easy peasy. 45 minutes one way: I could sleep, eat, read... why would anyone want to drive to work?!
Nine years ago I met Craig, and eight years ago I moved to New Jersey. Fast forward to today: a house, an engagement, a wedding, a puppy, our first baby, then (surprise!) two more, and my business... my commute started to become too much. I make the best use of my 3 hours a day by working away on my laptop (writing this post!), but I've been missing out on so much more. Dinner with my family, walks around the neighborhood, playing out on the deck, bath time, stories, and sometimes even bedtime. My husband is a rockstar. He has handled all parenting duties from 5 P.M. until 7:30 (or later) with grace. He gets home, makes dinner, feeds our three wild boys, gives them baths and get them ready for bed, all before I walk in the door. He pretty much does it all, so that when I come home I can just be mom for a half hour before they're all asleep. He carries way more than I ever imagined, or wanted him too, and all I've wanted for the last few years is to work closer to home.
Next week, I'm leaving my position in New York City for one in New Jersey, and words do not do justice to how thankful I am for this change. An opportunity to be there more for my kids: to play, to talk, to cuddle. To do the mundane things like wash the dishes and read books and stay up a little late for a movie, without rushing through it all. For my evenings to be about them, instead of another delay on NJ Transit. For the time to catch up with my husband without being ships passing in the night.
Coincidentally, some changes have been also happening with my business, and all the little pieces seem to be falling into place. I'll share more about what that means for Bella Carta next week, but know that I'm so excited for this next stage of my business. The last year has been full of growth and learning and making new connections, and I finally feel like I've found my stride.
This next week will be full of "lasts" - my last train commute, my last day in the office, my last bagel from my favorite bagel guy... but I'm ready for all the new "firsts" that will come my way soon after, and for all the positive changes this new position will bring to our lives.