“Why do you want to move to a place that has tornados?” my front desk agent asked me.
“I don’t,” I replied. “I want to move to a place that has hurricanes. I just need to go through tornados first.”
Joplin, MO isn’t quite what I’ve been dreaming about, but it IS south-er. And I AM moving there. Like, NEXT weekend. Because I’ve accepted the General Manager position of the hotel down there.
The GENERAL MANAGER!
The lowly desk agent who was never “quite ready” for the next step under my first GM, has suddenly sky-rocketed to a GM herself!
I can hardly contain myself.
The decision to accept the position was a tough one. I mean, my career goal was certainly to become a GM, but my lifestyle choice was to be way south and on the beach, or closer to St. Louis in a downtown hotel. But as should be expected, those hotels go to experienced GMs, and although I know I can do it, I have to prove it to them first.
So Joplin it is.
I’ve been to Joplin once, soon after the F5 tornado went through and destroyed much of the town. I wrote about it here, and I’m still saddened by the destruction it caused and the lives it took.
It’s since rebuilt and the community has grown even stronger. The more I research it online, the more excited I am to be there. Knowing it’s only for a few years certainly helps. By then I’ll have the experience they’re looking for, and my choices for other locations will broaden.
Of course the one thing weighing down my extreme high, is the fact that I’m leaving my family behind. My hubby will stay back until Mario graduates high school, and Chip and Amp graduate college. The plan is for the boys to land a job and get their own place. Mario wants to keep her job over the summer, so we’ll need to find a place for her to bunk up until she goes away to college. Once that’s all settled, Hubby will make the move down. We’re hoping 4 months tops.
As for me, I leave next weekend. I’ll live at the hotel for 2 months, and then find an apartment/duplex/condo to rent. The relocation package our company offers is terrific, so working it this way will allow us to live in both places without much additional cost.
The hotel will be W-A-A-A-Y different than the downtown locations I’m used to. I thrive on running around with my hair on fire, and this will offer none of that. But again, it’s all about the experience. So I’m fully embracing the challenge.
And oh my gosh I’m SO excited!
Tornado Alley, Here I come!