Smaller is better.
That’s one of the lessons I learned when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do for a career. I was in my twenties, working in the food-services industry, and I quickly saw that I preferred working in smaller restaurants.
I later realized that I feel that same way about where I want to live … especially if I can get that small-town feeling with amenities usually found in bigger cities.
That’s why my wife, Bo, and I choose to live in Hamilton County.
Bo and I met working in a restaurant, and we liked our jobs, but we knew that restaurant work wouldn’t give us the life we hoped for. I kind of messed around for a while – I played in a band, worked retail and a few other things – but I wanted to raise a family, so I knew I needed a substantial career path. After a cousin who’s a nurse suggested I look into radiologic technology, I discovered a training program at Hancock Regional Hospital. I signed up and was assigned to Riverview as my clinical training site in 2013. I’ve been there ever since.
Riverview offers another example of “smaller is better.” I get a stronger sense of connection to my work than I might feel at a bigger hospital, and I love the staff camaraderie and the friendliness of everyone who comes in the door. That all helps me feel that I really get to have an impact on people’s lives. I get a real sense of who I am and why I do what I do.
I grew up on Indy’s east side and in McCordsville, and Bo came to the U.S. from South Korea when she was in her 20s. Even with our different backgrounds, we want the same things from the place where we live. We already lived in Hamilton County when we settled into our careers – she’s a dental hygienist – and for the last four years, we’ve lived in Fishers, near 126th and Olio Road. That’s pretty much smack in the middle for both of us in terms of commuting, so neither of us has to waste a lot of time in the car when we could be home with our kids.
We love having quick access to big things like Conner Prairie and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis while living in a community that feels small, with great schools and so many parks and great things to do.
That’s another reason we love Hamilton County: our kids. We’ve got two of preschoolers, and, as you can imagine, they take up most of our time. We love having quick access to big things like Conner Prairie and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis while living in a community that feels small, with great schools and so many parks and great things to do. Now that summer’s coming, we’ll be getting outside with the kids more. They’re both getting into T-ball, and while four-year-old Chloe enjoys it, our three-year-old son, Kylan, seems most excited about it.
The truth is, you can always find something fun to do in Hamilton County. It’s got a potluck of pretty much everything you could want. In this day and age, people want to get out of that city lifestyle, they want to do their own thing, grow their own food, and so forth. You can do that in Hamilton County. Every weekend, there’s something new to check out, or an activity to take the kids to. Some of our friends especially enjoy the farmer’s markets you find around here, and I have to say that they always have the best tomatoes I’ve ever tasted. There are also so many restaurants to try out – especially when we get the rare date night without kids.
All of this comes in an area that feels safe, secure and well-protected. I just can’t imagine a better place for a young family. It’s a small community with big amenities, and it’s still developing, so there are new things all the time. Smaller is better. That’s why we love it here. We feel like we’re living the dream.