Learning to have faith

Friday, January 18, 2013

This week has been full of emotion for the hubby and I. Ch-ch-changes are coming.

You might recall that Alex switched careers in September, going from playing golf professionally to the medical sales arena. While he was lucky to get a great medical sales job so quickly without any prior experience, it just wasn't for him. He enjoyed it at first, but in the last 2 months, he really hasn't been very happy and he has been missing golf like crazy.

When he decided to quit playing professionally late last summer, he looked for jobs in 2 different categories: medical/pharmaceutical sales and collegiate golf coaching. Obviously he found a job in the medical sales category. But he hasn't let go of the idea of coaching.

After 4 months in medical sales, he is now certain that coaching is all he wants to do. And I don't blame him - he will be SO good at it. And I know he will love it. But of course, those jobs are few and far between.

After applying for a few opportunities that sprung up at the end of the Fall semester (and not getting any of those jobs, mainly because he doesn't have prior coaching experience), he went another route. He has accepted a position at Mercer University in Macon, GA as a graduate assistant coach.

Alex's soon-to-be campus
Yes, a graduate assistant, meaning my husband will soon be a grad student. Wwwwhhhhhhhhat?

He will be assisting the golf team at Mercer in exchange for room & board and tuition toward his MBA. He put in his notice this week at the medical sales company.

I am not planning to move to Macon, as our hope is that this will be temporary. Plus, we own a home in Greenville and I have a great job here. Therefore, for now, we will be in a long-distance marriage  (about 3.5 hours from each other) and I will be supporting us with my salary.

We've done the long-distance thing: we dated long-distance for 3.5 years until we got married. And we've done the one-income thing. We will be fine.

It's a lot to take in and it's all happened at the speed of light. But I am confident that this is a good move for him and for us.

Sometimes you have to make sacrifices and take a huge leap of faith. Faith that God will provide. Faith that this is the right move. Faith that Alex will love coaching as much as he thinks he will. Faith that I won't be lonely with my husband living in another state. Faith that the experience he gains at Mercer will give him the edge he needs.

I am learning to lean on God and have faith.



6 comments:

  1. You're very supportive and that's #1 in something like this. Good luck to both of you! I know first hand that nothing compares to working a job that makes you miserable, so hats off to him for taking that leap.

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  2. Wow! This is a big change. Praying for you both and hoping he gets to be a full on coach some time soon near home! Amen, lean on that Jesus! :)

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  3. Wow, congrats and good luck. You are awesome for letting him pursue this. I am sure it wasn't an easy decision to make.

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  4. Woah, that is a major change!!! I sincerely hope that it is the right change for you and Alex, and that this is the step needed to springboard his career as a golf coach. Also, major props to you for figuring out a way to survive, and have the best possible case for both of you.

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  5. Wow, how exciting!
    I wish you both all the best in this exciting & new chapter of your lives! I assume it will be a little hard at times, but you sound like you have figured it all out!
    :)

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  6. Wow Girl I'll be praying for y'all! I am from the Macon area and played for the HighSchool next to Mercer, and a few ex's went there as well. I also am friends with a bunch of the Mercer Women's Golf team and their head swing coach is my old swing coach. It's an awesome school and I supremely jealous he got an opportunity to Coach! I am stil looking without much luck at the moment. I wish y'all all the best!

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