We were so incredibly close to moving. The closest we’d ever come. And then our plans went flying out the window.
Shane has been keeping an eye on job listings at his company’s location in Louisville. Something popped up a month ago, but he let it pass since it didn’t seem like the timing was quite right for him. He had been wrapping up a huge project and the kinks were still getting ironed out with that.
But he recently found out that the position was still open, and that getting this particular position would be his best way of relocating to Louisville with the company. Other jobs probably won’t open up that would fit his needs. It was this or nothing.
He updated his resume and sent it to the hiring boss. She was impressed with him and the next thing he knew, he was the top candidate and they were about to give him a job offer.
The only catch — Shane’s current bosses had to approve the transfer.
Shane’s job is pretty specialized and no one else within his group could fill in the gaps for him while they sought his replacement.
His boss’s boss put his foot down and said he wouldn’t approve the job switch because it would leave the department in a big jam.
There’s a small chance the boss’s boss’s boss could overturn it, since he has an interest in both the Pittsburgh and Louisville operations, but we doubt that’s going to happen.
We felt so deflated.
It would be the easiest way to move — barely having to apply and not even having to interview.
Now it’s clear to us that if we want to relocate, we will have to look at other companies.
Our extended families seem like they want us to live closer, but sometimes it’s as if they’re trying to talk us out of it. Of course leaving a stable job where you’re highly valued is a risk. But this isn’t the only company where Shane can find success.
We want to leave Pittsburgh for a few reasons.
First, we want Shane to have a shorter commute. Right now he’s at 45-50+ minutes one-way, depending on the time of day. Ideally, it would be less than 20 minutes. I haven’t been able to find a community that would fit that for us.
Second, we want to buy a house. At our price range, we could afford something sorta decent, but it probably wouldn’t be move-in ready and it definitely wouldn’t fulfill our wishlist. But in cities such as Indianapolis or Louisville, we could afford a great house AND probably be close to his job.
Third, we do want to live closer to our extended families. Right now we’re about 400 miles away. It takes more than 8 hours to get there by car. Flying isn’t a great option because there aren’t often direct flights, and we’d have to rent a car once we got there. It would just be too expensive and it wouldn’t really save us much time, if any.
At 400 miles away, we burn two days each trip solely for travel.
But if we lived just a few hours away, we could do day trips or weekend trips easily and without using vacation time if we didn’t want to. We could use his vacation days to go on a vacation.
I think we could stay in Pittsburgh for the long haul if we had to. We’d be ok. But we’d be missing out on a lot of positive things for our family if we stayed.
We’re still trying to figure out our next course of action. We’re praying and saving as much money as we can.
It seems like we’re at a turning point for our choose-your-own-adventure book.
– To continue on the same course and take the safe route and stay with the current company, turn to page 43.
– To take a risk, and switch to a different, unknown company in a different, unknown city, turn to page 72.
I think we’re flipping to page 72. I just wish I could peek ahead to see how it turns out.