I know you guys are curious about my sweet hubby, Steve. He pops up in my Instastories and then he’s AWOL for a while traveling and then we’re on little getaways together—I get it, it can be confusing from the outside! So, a lot of you have been asking what he’s up to and what he does for work these days. Let me fill you in!

 

Steve retired six years ago after playing in the NFL as a left guard for twelve years. He played for the Seattle Seahawks, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Tennessee Titans, which is how we ended up here in Tennessee. When he retired at 36, which is both a blessing and a curse at such a young age, he spent a lot of time with me. We spent the first three years after his retirement doing everything together. We got up in the morning together, we worked out together, we took the kids to school together, we showered together, we went to the grocery together, we ran errands together, we picked the kids up from school together, we made dinner together, we watched shows together, we went to bed together, and then we did it all again the next day. Seriously the best. It was really, really awesome. I mean how great is it just to go grab lunch with your sweetie on a random Tuesday whenever you want? We hadn’t had the chance to spend a ton of time together while he was playing, so we really soaked it up. I cherished those days and the kids did too. We love having him around all the time. He enjoyed all the day to day stuff and could really appreciate what goes into raising kids and running a household. 

 

But one day we woke up and we both felt like, “OK, maybe it’s time for Steve to do something else.” The question was what?! That’s a lot of free time to have on your hands for someone in his mid-30’s. Steve has always had a lot of energy and he needed something other than me and the kids and our house to focus on. It was interesting figuring out Steve’s second act. He had spent his whole life playing football since he was six years old, so changing gears wasn’t going to be easy. It’s a lot more difficult than one might think. He really had to do some soul searching and still continues to do so. He’s got lot’s of interest, and as you know, cooking is a big one. Lucky us! 

 

At first, Steve tried his hand at the sports agent thing, but he didn’t love it. It felt a lot like babysitting a bunch teenagers and we already had two kids at home. Next! He did some commentating for college football on Fox. He loved that, but it was a lot of  traveling. He started to realize that he wasn’t big on traveling and being away from us for such long stretches of time. We’d done that for twelve solid years and it just wasn’t appealing anymore to any of us. So, we went back to the drawing board.  The next thing he tried was scouting. He worked for the Tennessee Titans, checking out local talent. He really enjoyed that, but then found that he was staring at a computer most days and home late and was like, “I just don’t know if this is what I enjoy either.” At the end of two years, he decided he DID like being behind the scenes, but that he wanted to customize it a little more. 

 

So now, Steve works with the NFL as a personnel consultant. He works from home and watches A LOT of film in his home office. Then, if a team has a prospect, Steve will fly to wherever the player is and work him out, watch him play, and write up a report for the team. Also attends the NFL combine and involved in the war room during the draft. Super cool. This job gives him a lot of flexibility and allows him to be home with the kids so much more, which is so great and he’s been a HUGE help with all I have going on. 

 

Steve has really enjoyed the last year when he was able to pick the kids up, take them to practices and games, and make dinner nightly. You might think that’s crazy, but Steve really, truly enjoys cooking. He’s like a little French man, well big French man! HA! He goes to the grocery every day, I kid you not. I’m all about meal planning and going to the store once a week—but not Steve! He likes to decide what to cook that day and run out for the freshest ingredients, and I am not complaining one bit! I love the gourmet meals he whips up! You guys also know that he owns about 8 BBQ grills, so when he’s not in the kitchen, he’s usually grilling or smoking meats by the pool and all kinds of stuff like that. He’s also picked up his golf game a little bit. He’s enjoyed putting in some time with such a different sport and having lessons and just using that as a hobby. He’s recently started taking camera classes and developing his own film. And of course keeps trying to convince me to let him start flying lessons. I’m not sure about that one? That kinda freaks me out. He works out every day on his Peloton bike or hits up his boxing class or a 3-5 miler around the neighborhood. He hangs with the kids, and helps me a ton! I couldn’t do any of this without him. Things are falling into place and he’s been really happy with how his day-to-day runs. 

 

I have to say it’s been a blessing to have him around as things have taken off for me. It’s given me the flexibility and freedom to do something I love. Through his support I’ve been able to open my store and write my book, and he’s now the one cheering me on as I do something that’s really fulfilling for me. It’s actually perfect. We have done a complete role reversal and I’m extremely grateful to have such a supportive husband. He’s the stay at home parent these days, while working in between, and I’m the one chasing my dreams. We’ve always supported one another and now he’s cheering for me from the sidelines. 

Xx
Landyn

 

October 8, 2019

What Does Steve Do for Work These Days?

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Amy Venzke

Absolutely love this what a great partnership you two have that is rare these days we see friends getting divorced right and left and me and my husband have been married 22 years and together 28 years. When people ask me what’s the secret I always say we enjoy spending time with each other we truly do and continue to date each other and both discover new things and well not let things get “stale”. Thanks for sharing I have to say I have been wondering what Steve was up to too. 😊

Lynn

Sounds just perfect!💙

Alysa

What a great team you make!

Casie Jefcoat

So sweet. You’re very blessed.

Diana

❤️❤️❤️
This is so awesome! I love how you’ve been able to make it all work! Continued happiness to your family!

Diana

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Thank you for sharing! It’s awesome how you’ve made it all work for your family. Continued happiness to you all!

Debbie craig

sweetest post💗🏈💗

Kimberly

Love this! So nice to hear. Keep it up you two!

Angela

This is a beautiful story of the balance of a healthy marriage. Cheering you and your family on! And…needing a trip to Nashville!

Toni Swanson

Seriously love! Thank you for the update. I feel like I am so invested. ❤️

Missy Cameron

I love this. Thanks for sharing. My hubby recently retired from college and NFL coaching for 35 years, including 10 at Michigan. Took him a while to figure out his second act too!! Congratulations on the success for both of you!
Missy Cameron
(Husband Cam)

Sheri

Love it!! Appreciate your and Steve’s willingness to be so transparent- that’s Really how people learn and grow!! Sounds like you and Steve work so well together in finding the rhythm that works for you and your family! Kudos!!

Shannon Copeland

You two are total couples goals! I’m married to my best friend and couldn’t imagine my life without him. Thanks for sharing your life with us. I truly cherish your stories and it’s so fun to go on this journey with you ❤️

Nancy Haas

I Love your story! A relationship of give and take and each of you feeling valued. You go girl! I’m hoping to get to Nashville soon and check out your big adventure!
Best of luck for your Grand Opening!

A hoover

That was such a wonderful tribute to your remarkable husband! What special man\father he is! My prediction is he opens an amazing restaurant to go along with your store!!

CarrieJansen

Landyn …Love your and Steve’s story and this “chapter” if your lives. Your commitment to one another, your children, families, your Choices in what you do..careers,hobbies, entertaining, whatever it may be And how you support each other in your careers and endeavors. I admire you both. Might I add , you’re great parents. Keep enjoying the ride girlfriend! So proud of you ! You inspire this ole gal… I believe I’m the same age as Belinda. I too …not so long ago took an interest/hobby to a little cottage business. It’s never too late ❌⭕️, Carrie PS I will be… Read more »

Carrie, thank you for this sweet message. We both give each day our all.I appreciate your kind words. They mean a lot. Yes, never to late to start chasing your dreams. Xx

Jenny

Sweet!

Darlene

Loved this❤️

Ginger

Love that! ❤️
My hubby has always been my biggest supporter and our family chef. Blessed beyond measure when your hubby is also your best friend. Xoxo

Stephanie Foglio

I love this! I love when a husband and wife can work together, and also lift the other during their time to spread their wings! I thought at one time you mentioned your husband as part owner in a restaurant…..

Mary

I’m glad your husband has found the right balance. My husband retired young as well. It truly is a blessing to have time together and the freedom to decide how to spend each day. Self- motivation is key. I saw a saying recently that summed it up for me: Lord, let me not confuse rest with being unproductive.

Mary, I love that. It’s been trying at times for him, but I’m glad he’s found his groove.

Joni

Great post! Family is everything!

Dee Haman

You are truly blessed

Pam C

It’s so nice to hear about a loving couple who supports each other. It’s also nice to hear about how you are living your dream, Landyn. You’re the epitome of what it means to be a truly beautiful woman inside and out! Be well and be blessed.

Pam, thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to me. Xx

Leslie

My husband is a pilot so I get the fear of him flying. 😉

It kinda freaks me out. Bless you. I would be so nervous.

Tiffany

We all just fell more in love with your husband! Love the marriage you two have—full of love & suppor Thor each other & that family is a priority.

Christina lake

I knew all of this. But makes my heart happy to read this. Steve is wonderful.

Christina lake

I knew all of this. But makes my heart happy to read this. Steve is wonderful. You both are!

Kim

This is just the sweetest post I love your love for each other and hope my daughters find that love one day!! Thank you for sharing and thank Steve for sharing you with all of us!! 💓

They will. Marry for love. Never settle. Support one another. Cheer each other on. Never keep score.

Dana

You guys are awesome!!

We try our best! Xx

Lisa McNeely

Goodebumps! A true partnership!

we are both so lucky to have one another.

Elise

So can I hire Steve to help me and consult on my fantasy football team so I can beat my guy this year? 😉 Please?!

HA! You’re too funny! Side gig?

Lisa mcneely

Tell your main man to check out Shane Buechele playing QB for SMU. Awesome home town guy, who is a true leader, teammate and Athlete. Plus his family is the Bomb.com! Such awesome people

Lisa

Girl…you have the Total Package!
Blessed and what is so great, you realize it and you don’t take it for granted.

Andy wells

What a wonderful blessing . Thank you for inspiring me. It takes a lot of courage to take your dreams And turn them into reality. It’s lovely having your true love cheering you on . 💕💞

Joie McGarvin

Landyn, Sweet girl you are! I’v so enjoyed following you and look forward to my next trip to Nashville with the sole purpose of visiting your store and “all the things”! Here is my thoughts on Steve flying, let him do it! I’m a private (girl power) pilot myself and I’m sure Steve is like you, he will do it right. A great gift would be a one or two time lesson to see if its really what he wants to do. Advise, chat with your insurance person prior to him getting a pilots license. My very best to you,… Read more »

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