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This is the often-requested (or so it seems from your comments!) update to the whole moving situation. If you’re new to this site, this post needs a little back story, so that’s what you’ll find in the little segment below. But if you’ve been reading along for a while, you can probably skip right down to the next section.


It’s almost surreal for me to think about it, but this week last year, I was finishing my last class for my MBA. It took a very long, stressful, schedule-bending two years to make it happen, but I did it. I’d met a life goal of getting a graduate degree by 30. I knew (or rather hoped, but with a deep-rooted sense of satisfaction) that all of the late nights, exams, and pots of coffee had been spent wisely. My brain may have felt like a web of overstretched rubber bands and wads of linty tape, but I’d come out on the other end with at least some of my sanity still intact (and okay, beer helped… a lot).

In the scheme of things, school was just one of the many moving parts I had going on at the time. I was also working full time, remodeling a fixer upper in north Atlanta, and – of all crazy ass things to do when you think you’re clueless – blogging the DIY tutorials I’d learned as the house progressed. But at the center of it all, moving me in all of these different directions, was a job I hated.

I had a fantastic boss, but unfortunately, the 40-plus hours of work per week that I spent at my software job were never fulfilling. There were some aspects I enjoyed, but I was stuck in a classic case of career limbo: our small company was bought out by a larger competitor, and the new owners were forever stalled on allowing opportunities within. The initial idea was that I would get my MBA, graduate, and find another, better job. But as the blog’s following grew, I found another source of income – either from the ads and sponsored posts that ran on the site, blog design work, or the freelance writing jobs that came from other websites. My weekend classes turned to subjects like social media, business marketing, and entrepreneurship, just as my small blog morphed into its own small business.


During one particular semester, I had been reading a book called Little Bets, recommended to me by Entrepreneurship professor. I’m not going to prosthelatyze that this book is life-changing or that everyone should read it, but I did get a few interesting ideas from it. Mainly, that the big ideas you see out in the world are often an amalgamation of lots (and lots) of experiments and failures. Kind of like my house. Kind of like this blog. I was comforted by this thought, and plugged away at my own “little bets“: the writing opportunities, my seasons with SheKnowsTV, the presentations in class, etc. Some of it allowed me to be analytical, while some of it allowed me to work off stress and do something creative. None of them by themselves were particularly significant job-wise, but they each taught me something new about what I wanted to do.

But like I said, I finally graduated. Things were busy cluttered overwhelming, but they were good. And with my MBA done, I would have more time to speed up the progress on all of those unfinished projects and finally live in my house for a change. Maybe even go on a date that doesn’t end in an overwhelming need to take a shower to get the creepy off.

But, as a good blog friend of mine has often mentioned, the universe is drunk with power and doesn’t care about your so-called “plans”. One of the freelance writing jobs I took last summer turned into regular side work, which then turned into a job offer to work as the managing editor for their online magazine full-time. Out of seemingly nowhere, all of these little changes I’d been making turned into a job I was eager to accept. But before I did, they had one request: to take the job, I’d need to move two hours away to Alabama. Where I wouldn’t know anyone. In a matter of months.

Call it adventure, arrogance, or just plain naivety (this is the same person who told herself “What the heck – I’ll fix up a two-story house on a limited budget all by myself and get a graduate degree at the same time – totally doable”), I still said yes. By working for a small company, I could have more influence. I had the potential to put my stamp on making a relatively new brand grow and thrive. It was more creative and connected better with my interests. I heavily weighed the cons for taking it, but this new job would be exciting, and my little fixer upper was never intended to be my forever home. I was attached to the work I’d done, and nowhere near the end, but if they were willing to make the financial means available to get the work done quickly and move me, I was open to it. And even if it didn’t work out and I decided I hated the job/hated living there, I could always move back to Atlanta – or to another city entirely.

At first, things were moving fast. The company pressed me to make a list of all the things that would need to be finished (a metric ton of to-dos, it seemed). I then announced everything on the blog because this was definitely happening. But with the house in so much chaos, it wouldn’t be possible to finish things in that period of time by myself and still work. They needed me to start right away, so they opted to let me work from home until things were sorted out. I put together a budget for them on hiring a contractor, moving costs, and simply started the new job from the comfort of my soon-to-be-former home.


During the first few months, I spent my time adjusting to the ever-changing needs of the job while learning how to work from home. The work itself turned out to be all the things I’d hoped it would be: fun, interesting, and challenging. But it was also very time-consuming. Even though school was over, all of the extra hours I expected to get back were stolen away again. I enjoyed the work more though, so it didn’t bother me much. While most of my daily tasks were handled online, I still wanted to seem like more than an email account to the rest of the new staff – after all, the presumption was that I’d be moving there soon anyway. I made regular (sometimes weekly, sometimes bi-monthly) trips to the office. Considering the rest of my time was spent at home, the 2-hour drive on those days wasn’t bad at all.

Even though I wanted to spend more time on the house, most of my work days were at the computer, save for the occasional break to switch out some laundry or run off to lunch. Working from home was freaking amazing, but it took time to learn discipline and get away from the computer. As time went on, I kicked ass at my new job. Instead of clocking in and out on the dot like my last, I liked my job enough to plug away at it whenever needed.

“Company Photo Day”

With so much time spent working, progress on the house was still slow. And not only that, but the job’s needs were close enough to what I did with the blog (writing, editing, branding) that the lines often blurred, which can stifle the creativity a little. As I made these adjustments over the summer, I could feel a change in my writing. My brain was fuzzier, and I became less interested in posting. But instead of forcing myself to keep an unrealistic pace, I chose to write less often until the need to write came back. It was painful to do, but I worried that my creative outlet was disappearing in my work, so it was better to wait and let it (whatever “it” is) come back on its own. Which happened, of course; the need to write came back.

But, there was also a gorilla-shaped fella following me around the house. The whole big fat MOVING thing. I announced it on the blog, began planning for it, and then all summer… nothing.


UPDATE: Based on the first comments, I’m still not answering this directly enough (sorry! I was trying to write the whole thing down and tried to cover it all, which may not have been clear enough). So I tweaked some of what I originally wrote below.

For these last six months, I’ve been as eager to answer the “is she moving or not?” question as you have been to hear it. I saw your comments on other posts, tried to answer them succinctly, but I kept waiting to write a full update because I didn’t feel like I had a definitive answer. After working for large, publicly traded companies for several years, adjusting to this size of a company has presented a lot of new things to learn, and things are less predictable. It comes with more uncertainty, but I’m much happier with it.

Over time, the pressure to move that I was originally under lifted, and the job became more about the work. There was no final “yes” or “no” discussed – it just didn’t feel urgent anymore, so the momentum stopped. It was less of an abrupt change than a simple shift of priorities over time, which left me with no straight answers to immediately pass on (thus my hesitation to write up a post about it). After making regular trips to the office, our entire team naturally adjusted to a new status quo. The urgency to move is now gone. But with no line in the sand drawn, it was hard to determine when I could finally provide answers, even with friends and famly (what’s worse than prematurely announcing something? Doing it twice).

When I announced it, moving seemed so sure that I thought telling you what to expect to see on the blog was the most practical thing to do (as opposed to wrapping up half-done projects that aren’t quite as I said I wanted to do them, and then suddenly announcing it when the “for sale” sign went up). I get it, though. To announce that I’m moving and then continue working on my house like nothing happened, buying art for walls I’m not supposed to need to decorate anymore, leaves a lot of confusion behind. Sort of like my last Tinder date.

My favorite print from the kitchen.

So, here are the basic questions, answered:

  • Am I moving right now? Nope. Not anytime soon.
  • Will I ever move? Eventually, yes. I’ve always planned to. This house is not my forever home, but I do want to finish it before moving on. Like many other home bloggers have done, it will likely be another fixer upper. Unless something were to suddenly change again, that will likely be a couple of years from now.
  • Do I still have the new job? Yes. In fact, my role is a little larger now between the online magazine and another part of our business. I work from home, enjoy it, and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. I make regular trips to the office in Alabama, but most of my time is spent at the UDH (which I’m perfectly happy with).

I am definitely not disappointed about this turn of events, since I would prefer to stay in Atlanta rather than move. I would prefer to feel finished with this house – and enjoy it enough – before moving out of it. I was willing to take a chance on a new job if it meant I would ultimately be more satisfied with something that took 40 or more hours of my life every week, even if that meant moving (which again, is no longer happening anytime soon). Those kinds of decisions are hard to make, but it felt like the right move. I took a leap of faith, and so far, it’s working out just fine.

To those of you who have stuck around, still reading through all of this confusion, thank you. Really. I’ve always tried to tell this whole story as authentically as I can, good or bad. But when it comes to my job, I am always cautious and deliberate when sharing. I don’t want to find myself under fire at work for what I’ve said on the blog (I’m sure you’ve heard a story or two like that before). But at the same time, I am blessed that the company I work for appreciates what this blog is for me, and I knew that saying nothing (other than a brief post update) was leaving a lot of questions unanswered.

So anyway… I hope that clears the air a little. The move was happening, I started working from home, and then work became more about the work rather than where I lived. And now I still just work from home with no plans to move anytime soon. And now you can all tease me about “the time Sarah was going to move and then accidentally pranked us all” until the end of time. Go ahead – you have my permission :)

Oh, and one more question to answer: while it’s still a possibility that they’ll ask me again at some point in the future (I suppose you could probably say that about many jobs), I’m content with how things are. And my assistant likes it a lot more too.

My assistant sleeps on the job… a lot.

Now… onto more house projects!

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  1. So……I’m confused…..you’re not moving? You are but you don’t know when? You don’t have the new job anymore? I’m so unclear on what you just said……

    1. I agree. I feel like there was a section that got left out about the ‘turn of events’. I’m not sure what the turn of events is?

      1. Sounded to me like the original intent was to move Sarah really fast and get her in the new city & job (which seemed 100% certain), but then the actual work took over and since it can be done on the computer, the focus shifted to where she has been able to work from home and just drive to the office occasionally to put in some face-time. That’s at least what I got!

          1. Thanks for spelling it out for us Sarah! :) (I think I’m still on a holiday hangover and wasn’t quite understanding.) Glad you get to stay in the house a while longer to enjoy.

            Love your assistant too! I have 2 assistants that sleep on the job way too much.

          2. Thanks! Yeah, this was a LONG post trying to cover a lot. Glad the update helped clarify!

      2. After seeing the first few comments, I tweaked the end of the post in the last hour or so to hopefully clarify a little more. While I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing all of the company’s internal goings-on, I (hopefully) gave some more definitive answers on the move situation! See the “Update” area; that’s new!

    2. I updated the post with more details. The “Update” section was added to the post, and your questions should all be answered in the bold, bulleted area. Hope that clarifies things. I swear, I read this thing multiple times and thought I’d been clear, but perhaps I’ve just re-read it too much!

  2. Thanks for clarifying! I’ve been kind of wondering :) I wish I had such a snuggly assistant!!!

  3. I got it. You have the new job, they are happy with your work–that has been the focus and you have been delivering on what they need from you and more. You were going to move sooner but all they really care about now is your work and find that they don’t have to have you THERE to get kick ass results from you. So you get to stay put for a bit longer and work on your home. They may say “hey, get your butt down here now” but for now they are good with the set up. Yeah? I loved the (long) update and it sounds as if all is going great. Take care and enjoy the holidays!!!

    Oh, and I also love your words about the smaller things making up a bigger part of our life. That is why although I never used my degree (Masters in Ed.) and choose to stay home with my girls, it all makes me who I am. And our many moves, and the economy dump, etc. all led us to where we are now–and loving it. We are so fortunate. I like to think of it as God has our plans figured out vs. the drunk universe. :) But hey, to each our own!

    1. I’m glad you can relate. This post got LONG and I was worried the details would confuse the main points of the post, but hopefully (after updating it again) it’s all clear now.

      Making a decision like yours can be super tough to do. When you’re in the middle of it, you don’t always feel certain, but at least time allows us a little perspective. Glad it worked out for you (and the rest of your family too).

  4. I figured that’s what was happening because, duh, you are freaking amazing and can manage your job remotely like a Boss. I’m glad that you are happier with your new job and you are where you want to be – Best of both worlds!!

    1. Thanks! It’s been an adjustment, but things feel like they’re getting clearer. We’ll see what 2015 brings, I guess!

  5. I was an avid follower before however, since the new job there is no content. With your schedule and commuting a few times a week I don’t think things will change either. I am sad to say, you have become GOMI.

    1. Not a few times a week – just once a week or a couple of times per month. But this summer, I definitely decreased content as I got used to the new routine (I mentioned a little in the post, but it was both a matter of time constraints and feeling like I was missing something in my writing altogether; there isn’t an easy way to describe writer’s block, but it ebbs and flows). Shame to see you go, and good luck on your projects!

      1. I’m glad that this all worked out for you for the time being! I have to say that I was sad with the less posting, but I’d rather have fewer posts than crappy posts where you’re just trying to meet a quota. Keep up the good work, and looking forward to seeing more house projects!

        1. Yeah, that was kind of the idea behind posting less frequently. I hated the idea of posting just to have something and feel like I’m compromising with writing (it sucks your creativity dry FAST). I’ve had a chance to work on a number of things lately, so now it’s just about the time it will take to put them all on the site. Thanks for reading along!

    2. That’s life though, right? Things constantly are changing and sometimes we have to go through periods of dealing with it and catching up. There can’t always be a constant stream of new projects. Meh, I guess I’d rather see real life rather than someone trying to crank out projects and dance like a monkey for the rest of us reading and getting content for free. But if that’s what you do like, I guess it’s better that you GO-her piece of the I.

      Keep doing what you’re doing, Sarah. :)

    so many answers! :)
    thanks for clearing all of that up for us, i mean we are so nosy ;)

    1. Haha. No problem. I knew there was a huge question hanging in the air, but as you can see, it took a while to write everything down! Is this post LONG or what? Even I get tired re-reading it.

  7. Excellent. I’m glad you’re happy and even more glad you aren’t moving anytime soon. You have the cutest assistant…well, next to my assistants, of course! ;)

  8. Smaller companies are great to work for IMHO! I work from home and have for several years. It’s not for everyone but if it is for you it is awesome. The fact you go into the office occasionally is really important also. Thanks for the info Sarah.

  9. Sarah – I have worked from home for the past 20 years and have four furry coworkers who keep me company. Back when I started, people thought it was “weird” that I worked from home. Now most of my clients also work remote and it has become the norm. I’m glad things are working out for you. Too much change all at once can be overwhelming.

  10. Congratulations? Not sure what is the right response in this situation, but I am happy for you that you have a job that you enjoy and that you are able to finish your goals for the house at a more reasonable pace. Wherever you go, I will continue to read as long as you’re writing.

    1. Haha, I know – not an announcement that really has an agreed-upon response, right? But thanks for the ‘Congrats’ (& continuing to read) anyway :)

  11. Wow, I get overwhelmed when I have to go to three different stores to find what I’m looking for. You are one amazing person and I’ll be needing to take pointers. Congrats on having everything working out.

  12. Nice to hear that the job is going so well. I just assumed that since you hadn’t mentioned the move, and were continuing work on the house, that you had been able to continue working form home as it was originally (albeit a supposed temporarily at the time) planned. At least you have been taking the time to drive in and see everyone, and get your baring in Alabama. Maybe a move wont be as difficult when it comes time!

  13. Love that picture of Charlie – she looks so content and cozy :)
    Thanks for the update – it’s always nice to hear what is going on in your world outside the realm of DIY :)

  14. Hey there, even though you don’t know me I’ve been following your blog for a bit and am catching up on your story. Congrats on the new job and the new setup!
    I definitely understand some part of what you’ve been going through – I worked a full time job while getting my MBA and near the end of it decided I was moving out of state to be back closer to family. I told everyone my plan, looked a long time for jobs, and…it just didn’t happen. Things didn’t seem as urgent or as bad as I thought they would be. I felt like a dunce because I had no good answers to “so when are you moving back?” or “convincing” (to other people) reasons to stay. Eventually I ended up buying a house here, which is as far from that original plan as it could be, and I still struggle because I feel the need to have a compelling story about why I didn’t move. It’s weird, right? But I don’t think it’s a bad thing to change your plan as things evolve.
    Good luck and nice work on the blog!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, the transition was a weird place to be in. Glad to hear there’s someone else who can relate to it. Naturally, I have to ask: how’s the house? :)