Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Some Things Don't Go As Planned

We moved to Little Rock about five months ago, thinking we might settle down here for a while. Well, it hasn't turned out that way.  We made the terribly difficult decision for me to leave my position at the hospital (for many, many reasons)... without me having another job yet.

We stepped out in faith as a couple (me rather reluctantly) and decided we couldn't live the way we had been: I was working 10-12 hours per day in 12-day stretches. Yes, 12 days on, 2 days off. I would pull out of the driveway crying, call Grant in the middle of the day crying, and come home crying. It's too painful to go into the details of why I felt this way, but suffice it to say there wasn't much Catherine left in me by October.  I couldn't do that anymore; I couldn't do that to Grant anymore.

I left the job that helped pay the mortgage and provide health insurance. I left the job that would further my career and get me to the place I wanted to be professionally.

There's a lot wrong with that last sentence, right? What about what our family needed from me? What about what God wanted for my career? For my life?

After resigning, I was sort of walking around stunned for a few days, but filling out applications, distributing resumes, and checking job boards. 

God wouldn't confirm that I should leave the comfort and security of employment and not provide the next step, right?

Right. Less than 48 hours later, I was offered two interviews... one was offered before my application was even complete.  In less than three weeks, I had job offers. Three weeks to the day I resigned, I accepted a position at an innovative pharmacy in Chattanooga (HOME!!!) that is open Monday-Friday 9-6. Aside from the unique professional opportunities the pharmacy offers, the work-life balance it affords is unmatched in a field where weekends and night shifts are expected.

So the first Amber Bottle House is to be put on the market. 

Don't fret, though! There is a house somewhere in Chattanooga that needs a young, naively optimistic, DIY couple to come make it a home!

Here's to finding the next Amber Bottle House!




  1. Hi! I am just finding your blog and read your post about your bravery in leaving a job you weren't thriving in and risking everything for happiness. It's wonderful to hear that it all worked out. I am inspired by your bravery and courage. Good luck in your new position. I wish you both tons of success.

    Georgie @ knitpaintlove

  2. Thanks! We're so much happier in Chattanooga. Now if we could just get the Little Rock house to sell... Thanks for checking us out!