I lived in Overland Park, Kansas for about three months when I moved back to the KC area from Atlanta, GA. I didn’t have a place of my own lined up yet as I didn’t know what I was going to do for my day job so I moved in with some friends. I moved back to the Midwest after a career in sales led me to six different states during the course of fifteen years. Needless to say, I was just ready to come home and reconnect. Overland Park was where I landed, thanks to my friends Jon and Jou. They have a big finished basement with wall-to-wall carpet in a very large house that was unattended and said that I could live in it. Awesome! During my stay there, I continued my online marketing duties and looked for a day job in sales. This is usually what my day consisted of…
I would usually wake up around 9:30 a.m. and make myself some coffee. I’d stumble back downstairs and take a shower and scheme about how I could start my next business venture while getting a 9-5 job based in Overland Park or KC. I knew that Sprint Corporation’s headquarters was there so if all else failed, I could just take a job there. Either that or become a financial planner at Waddell & Reed. I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for, but I knew I’d know it when I found it.
After the morning ritual, I’d usually do some work with my online businesses. I guess I’m lucky in that regard. I could be working from Overland Park, Kansas but be promoting a business anywhere else in the world. What a concept. That usually took just a couple of hours. Then it was time for lunch. I’d head upstairs and hang out with Jou, who works from home, and make some food.
After lunch, it was gym time. There’s really only two big gyms in Overland Park and the surrounding areas. There’s Life Time Fitness and Genesis Health Clubs. Both will run you about fifty bucks a month plus an enrollment fee. I ended up signing with Life Time Fitness at their main Overland Park location (Corbin Park) right off of 137th St and Lamar Ave. I would work out for an hour to an hour and a half and then head back to the residence.
At night and on the weekends, I’d find myself going to the bars and restaurants in Prairiefire or Oak Park Mall. Sometimes, I’d meet up with friends at Kanza Hall and dance to some good ol’ country music. Some of my friends were really into line dancing at the time. Don’t judge.
After living in Overland Park for three months, then moving to downtown KC, I miss out on the numerous restaurants and lack of traffic. The city of Overland Park did a very nice job laying out the streets so that there’s never usually too much traffic, unless its during rush hour of course. Overall, if I had to choose which part of town to live in again, I’d definitely prefer Overland Park.