Shortly after relocating to Dallas, Kristin realized that big-city careers come with big city trade-offs. Urban sprawl replaced the scenic, Louisiana byways that once dotted her daily commute, and familiar faces were few and far between. She had considered a future back in her home state — and an offer from CenturyLink in Monroe sealed the deal. She expected a warm reception from family, but didn’t anticipate finding the career — and the promotion — she’d been searching for all along. Today, as compensation manager for the Fortune 200 telecommunications company, she’s back to loving life from the position of a lifetime.