2014 is going to be a decidedly exciting year for the PS Family as we are both heading in completely new directions with our careers!
Yes, after an amazing 7+ year career with the American Cancer Society, I will say goodbye to the amazing volunteers and co-workers (and late nights and busy summers) who made the last 7 years absolutely fly by, on January 17th. This was a tough decision and it remains bittersweet, but I know this is the right move for myself and our family at this moment.
Beginning January 20th, I will begin working with Kirkwood Community College at the Washington location as the Career Development Coordinator. In this role, I will be building relationships with local schools, encouraging and recruiting students to take courses at the new Kirkwood Community College Washington Regional Center. I am excited for the new challenge (and working in an office! with people!), and look forward to having summers off and exploring other passions (or packing a few outfits and traveling the world for three months!).
In addition to my new role at Kirkwood, I also started working part time as a prep cook at the Kalona Brewing Company in December 2013 and look forward to exploring my passion for cooking and baking in a professional kitchen.
After nearly a decade working with M&H Broadcasting (KNIA/KRLS/KCII Radio), Nic accepted a full time position at Kalona Brewing Company, a local craft brewery that opened in September 2013, on January 8th. In his new role, he will be wearing many hats, focusing on marketing and sales - with a bit of brewing, IT and manning the tap room. From just an interest in home-brewing a little over a year ago, Nic gave up his nights and weekends and began working part time as a bartender at the brewery, and in just a short time was able to turn his passion in to a full time career.
While 2014 isn't taking the direction that we dreamed about all of 2013 (think quitting jobs, selling the house and travelling the world for 365 days), we are excited/scared/anxious/ecstatic to see where it takes us.
"Pursue Passion" is our motto for 2014 and we couldn't be happier about the path that lies ahead.
With much love,
Kier + Nic
(Our house still is for sale, and there is a $250 finders fee to anyone who finds us a buyer! Our dream of a round the world trip will come true in the next few years!)