Today marks the first day of “voluntary unemployment”. For the first time since I was 13 years old, I am not working….and I’m terrified, antsy, but mostly elated. I’ve spent my entire adult life obsessing over “the corporate ladder climb” and I’ve been given the obvious opportunity (slap in the face) to realize that I was missing out on life’s biggest treasures = My faith, my family, my health, and quality of life..
Last Fall my division at work was closed and I lost my job as a Regional Director of Marketing at one of the largest proprietary college companies in the World. The very next day, my wife Tara, (beautiful “sunny smile” below…)
was diagnosed with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. The next week we moved away from our dream home in sunny, St. Johns, Florida to live in Oklahoma to start Tara’s chemotherapy, and live apart from one another through the Midwestern winter season.
For the next 8 months Tara had the fight of her life vs. a cancer that spread through her body. She endured approx. 30 sessions of chemo for 8-hours-a-day, three major surgeries where her ovaries, uterus, appendix, kidney, 3 feet of small intestines and lymphnodes were all removed. We had countless visits (and extended stays) at hospitals and the uncertain living conditions of living without your own home. Most of those nights were spent on hands and knees with tear-filled eyes not just praying but begging for healing! We had support from family, from friends and a growth in our spiritual relationship with God that would never have been possible when we were living our “comfortable life” in Florida.
That is why we’re making a BOLD MOVE! I’ve given up the high salaried job, we’ve sold our home and possessions, and we’re going to spend the next year traveling the country in a mobile RV-Camper. Life is too short to wait until “someday” and when the Lord speaks, it is foolish not to listen. We are jumping in with both feet – eyes wide open – and smiles across our faces. This next chapter of life will be filled with family time, beautiful new scenery every week and a continued commitment to hard work, but this time the beneficiaries will be the needy, the youth and the church – instead of corporate profits.
This next chapter of our life begins today and we are excited to see where the road takes us…..