At the start if 2019 I put something on my Bucket List or Vision Board that I knew would bless our family. It was a big thing. Something that could look scary or crazy to some. I was actually hesitant to share this. But my sweet mom encouraged me to share it and said all of you would want to know (Kevin helped me write this). Something that would literally change the way we live day to day. I wrote that I wanted Kevin to be able to chose if he would continue to work in Professional Soccer. Before I share what he chose, I want to share the back story.
Kevin went to school to become a Sports Physio. He loves sports and wanted to be involved in them somehow. I worked full-time at a design firm once we got married, and put him through college. He walked away with a Masters and we had zero student loans or debt (besides our home and cars). Kevin did his Graduate studies with the University of Utah’s Baseball team, while he enjoyed it, it was only a two year committment.
His first job was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Olympic Speed-Skaters at the Olympic Oval in Utah (he worked with Apollo and others in 2007). We quickly learned that speed-skating is a very independent sport. So the athletes would train all through the day and into the evening, leaving Kevin there for a minimum of 12 hours a day. At this point I was about to have our first child, Ella. I was working full-time as a store buyer and manager making 6 figures. We decided that it was best for Kevin to quit that demanding, exhausting job and stay at home with Ella our new sweet baby. He stayed home with her for about 9 months and would even drive her to work for me to nurse her in the day ❤️ He loved every minute of it and so did I.
Then he was offered a job at Real Soccer as their Assistant Athletic Trainer. He actually never had considered working with soccer before, because he was a baseball guy. The soccer stadium was 5 minutes from our home in Utah and it seemed like the perfect opportunity and hours for him. He worked almost everyday from about 8 am to 3 pm. We really liked how close he was to home. Although we weren’t a huge fan of the Spring Training every January and February being for about 6 weeks (with a quick trip home some weekends). I continued to work about 30-35 hours, I tried to leave but every time I tried to give notice my boss would say we will pay you this or you can work any hours you want (I really loved the job too). We had a nanny (that we loved) that would come to our home 3 days a week.
Kevin was then offered a job to be the Head Athletic Trainer with a new soccer team in New York City. That was a HUGE decision for us to make, to move 2,000 miles away from family and friends. But we prayed and spent a lot of time deciding and knew it was the best for our family and for Kevins career, it was a big opportunity for him. And It would give me the opportunity to leave the 9-5 job that kept me away from our kids (we had Lola at this point too). I truly loved that job, but knew I would never leave it unless we moved away. In my deepest of hearts I wanted to be more accessible to my kids. And we wanted the opportunity to experience new things. So Kevin accepted the job.
After we moved to Connecticut I discovered that I really needed to do something creative to feed my achiever personality. I started my blog about 5 months after living in Connecticut and started my Instagram. I have always wanted to be a blogger. Even more than being a designer. I liked that I could basically do everything from my home and when my kids were at school, napping or sleeping. My good friend, Rachel (who actually works with me now) really encouraged me to pursue this passion. I read a lot of books about blogging, bought a camera, took a camera class and started. My background in design and management helps as well. I treated it like a job from day one. Never like a hobby. Within a year I reached a goal I set for myself and I was actually being paid like an actual job. (You can read more about my blogging journey HERE).
Year one of Kevin working with this new soccer team was the best year, but also came with a lot of struggle. He enjoyed it about 80% of the time. The commute was about 40 minutes (if he missed traffic). Then the head coach who recruited Kevin, got fired. Kevin stayed with the team. The training facility moved to New York, about an hour away from our home. So now Kevin was commuting 2-3 hours a day. We considered moving, but decided against uprooting our kids, especially since his job is never guaranteed with new coaches coming in and wanting to bring in their own medical staff. The nice thing about living on the East Coast the away games were only about a day or two trip. So he would be away about a week each month. The hardest part was again the Spring Training where he was gone about 6-7 weeks in January and February. And a big thing for our family was that he worked every Sunday, which unfortunately happens for a lot of families.
This past year has been a really successful year for Nesting with Grace and our oil business Nesting Well (which blesses many lives too). Kevin contributes to BOTH of these so much already. I really don’t share any of this to boast, only to be transparent, since we do share our lives so publicly. Our home is paid off. Both our cars are paid off. We have zero debt. We have enough in savings to feel financially secure.
So let me ask you this question we asked ourselves. Would you continue to be away from your family 3 months out of year, miss majority of your own kids sporting activities, miss big events like birthdays, holidays, and miss the time to worship your Savior who blesses you so abundantly?
Kevin decided to retire this past December from Professional Soccer. It was not an easy decision for him, it was his dream to work in professional sports, he is extremely good at what he does and the team did absolutely everything they could to keep him. He had took his time and told me the news while in our kitchen with my mom….. He says it was one of the few times he saw me cry outside of our babies being born. Kevin is someone that is thoughtful in his decision making and when he makes his decision he never regrets it, he makes it work for him. He will continue to stay up on his license so if he ever decides to go back into professional sports he can. But what a gift he can make that choice.
He has been working WITH me (not for me) for the past 2 months. He has been able to go to church every Sunday with us. He was home for Ella’s birthday (a first in 10 years!!!). He has been here to direct and project manage our remodel.
And we look forward to all that is to come this year and all of the ideas that we can bring to you. As we already know, Nesting with Grace was nothing without Kevin. He has always worked with me. But now we can work together without burning the candle at both ends.
Thanks for reading and for sharing in this new chapter with us!
My Bucket List
This time of year we get pretty excited about all of the things we want to accomplish over the next 12 months! I love setting goals and I really love achieving them! I have always found that when I have a longer-term goal (like for the year) it is helpful for me to break that goal down to more manageable tasks that I can focus on. Doing those smaller things consistently brings big results!
I am excited to share my 2020 MONTHLY BUCKET LIST printable with you today! This list includes things for personal growth, home organization, family connection, and just general ways to keep us all trying something new! Hopefully this will be a great tool in helping you keep your intentions for this year top of mind!
You can either print this monthly, or print it once and laminate!