Since we posted the video for our home sale, the questions are flooding my phone, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. I’ve even had a few real-life people ask me about it.
So instead of repeating the same story a hundred times, I’ve decided to tell the whole world. Or at the very least, those of you who occasionally stop by my social networks.
On the flight home from Tampa a few days ago, my wife Gina and I were tearfully recounting the previous days—the death of her 32 year-old daughter-in-law who left Gina’s youngest son a widower at age 33 and also left behind a 5 year-old daughter—and talking about family and how important we feel it is to be closer to them. After several more discussions, we made the decision to put our home in Austin on the market.
There are several reasons why we made this decision:
- We want to be closer to our families. All of them live east of the Mississippi. This move will bring us a minimum of 10 hours closer to everyone. Heck, it takes eight hours to get out of Texas.
- I have just completed two years of weekly intense psychotherapy regarding my past, present and future and both Dr. Steve and I feel comfortable with the timing of this decision.
- Most of my business connections are in the Nashville area. And, what is good for business is good for me…and for my non-profit.
- Most of our friends are in Nashville. Gina and I have made several new friends here in Austin, but many of the ones with whom we have decades of history are in or near to the Nashville area.
- It is a good financial move for us from a real estate point of view. From a sellers market to a buyers market.
- It is my home. I was born, bred and raised in the mountains of Tennessee. The sights, sounds and smells are comforting and nostalgic to me. I need that now more than ever before.
We have made an offer on a beautiful home in the country northeast of Nashville, and when our home sells here in Austin (and it should sell very soon), we plan to relocate immediately.
The two years here in Austin (yes, two years) have been healing and I wouldn’t trade them for anything, but it’s time for a new chapter in our lives, and we feel strongly it needs to be in Nashville.
I have to admit I will miss the eternal sunshine and heavenly bar-b-que and the sumptuous HEB and Central Market grocery stores; but I relish the return to four distinct and rhythmic seasons, verdant trees and foliage, rolling mountains, the sound of cicadas at night and the magic of fireflies.