It has been an amazing eight-year journey here in North Alabama. In the last eight years we've have seen it all it seems like. The events shares, the friends met...it has been an unforgetable journey.
I am entering a transition phase in my life. I spent nearly three weeks in the hospital last January fighting for my life. Two weeks ago my son Spencer spent nearly a week in the hospital in Florence, South Carolina in what became a very scary time as well. There comes a time when the path direction changes...and when priorities change. I feel that time has arrived for me as well.
It is time for me to move on. This will be my final post to this blog. I need to spend more time getting my family in focus as my son will be turning 13 next year...& for me to get my career in a permanent direction as well.
I moved here in 2006 to study to become a meteorologist. I went through a terrible divorce a few years later that halted everything. I have recently re-entered school to begin studying emergency management. I have applied for nearly four-dozen jobs over the last one year plus. Based on what I have learned is this would be no short-term fix to the career side. I can get in with more time...but time is something I just don't have that much of right now. I'm not giving up by any means...but I will not be near as aggressive with openings in the field.
I want to thank the folks at both UAH and the National Weather Service in Huntsville for all the help they have given me in running this blog. I want to that the editors at Huntsville about.com for six-plus years of weekend forecasting and providing a forum to get my name out. I want to thank those in Emergency Management...specifically the EMA offices in DeKalb, Pike & Barbour Counties the opportunity to help out & gain experience while pursuing my dream.
Most importantly...I want to thank you the reader who has provided over 30,000 hits to this blog in just over seven years. It is quite humbling that many of you enjoy my writings. The 20-year anniversary of the November 15, 1989 tornado has had nearly 10,000 readings all by itself.
I plan on keeping the page up...as it will provide an excellent way on looking back at the last seven-plus years and some amazing weather events in that time. Who knows...at a time when things smooth out I might just be back!
So the question...where am I going? Right now to be honest I'm not sure. I might not even leave North Alabama...but I am leaving the option of moving back to the Carolinas to be closer to my son open. The decisions I have to make will be putting my family in the best interest.
I still will be keeping my personal Facebook Page open. Feel free to send a friend request if you like. I will still be helping out the Facebook & Twitter pages of the three EMA offices listed above as well. I'm just taking what I've done as a hobby for so long and reducing what I do.
Finally...I feel the best way to close this post out is to quote the man who got me where I am today over 30 years ago...the Late Great Bill Powell from WMAZ in Macon, Georgia with his favorite quote...
"Keep on keepin' on"
Thank you Tennessee Valley!
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