I know I’ve been absent for a long time….a loooong time. And I know that I’m not supposed to be overly apologetic about my absence, but…I’m sorry. (I’m sure my handful of friends that keep up with my blog – or at least, who used to – don’t require an apology, but there it is.)
I missed logging on and sharing pictures and recipes and such, but I never really knew where my blog was going. I just knew that I liked sharing my life with those who chose to read about it, be it funny experiences or run-ins with crazy folks or kitchen experiments. But somewhere between June and August, my life took a different turn. One I’ve been waiting on for a long time that I never thought would happen to me.
This past May, I visited one of my BFFs from college, Kristin, in the VA/DC area. And I fell in love. And I know to some friends and family it seems as if I fall in love with whatever city I’m in at the moment, but this was different. I loved the culture, the history, the people, the city…it was just awesome. And there seemed to be so many job opportunities.
While we were riding the Metro, I noticed an advertisement for a company I liked. Then I realized that they were based in DC. And as luck would have it, they were hiring. When I arrived home, I consider applying a dozen times, but I never thought I would be considered. I didn’t have the confidence in myself. Kristin encouraged me to apply, and halfway into the summer I did.
Shortly after, I had a phone interview. Then an editing test. Then I was given an offer I was thrilled with: the option to freelance and possibly be considered for a full-time position down the road. I took it.
Slowly the writing assignments came until I was writing 5 per week. Then sometimes more. I took every assignment my editor came to me with , anxious to prove that I could do it – not just to them, but to myself as well. And while I was busier than I’d been in a very long time (with my full-time job as well), I loved it.
Fast-forward to November, and I was contacted about the chance for a full-time job…in DC. I jumped at the opportunity. All my interviews were done via Skype, a testament to how much technology is changing the way everything operates. After a painfully long holiday break waiting to hear something, anything, I got word one week and a day after I interviewed: The job was mine, and I was moving to DC.
So there you have it. I’m sitting on a couch at my friend’s house, waiting for my parents to bring along the rest of my stuff next week when I move in with my new roommate, in my new city. 2011 brought many great surprises, but I know that 2012 is going to be a year of new adventures and personal discoveries. The world is changing, and for once, I feel like I’m changing with it. At the close of 2011, I ended an amazing four-and-a-half-years-long chapter of my life that included graduating college, completing my dream internship, the start of the best relationship I could never imagine, and making the most incredible friends.
But the book isn’t over yet, and this new chapter promises to be just as exciting. I miss my family and friends, but I know that this is a huge step that I needed to take. Won’t you join me and read along as I continue to write more of my life’s story? You can check in on my life shenanigans with a new job in one of the country’s most bustling cities at Summer and the District. (Note: If you go there and it’s just a password protected blog, be patient with me. I plan to be up and running by the coming week.)
I’m one of those people who believes in signs, especially when I hear certain songs that I feel apply to me at specific times in my life. When I applied for this job, and shortly after I got my interview, I heard this song:
There’s a part of the song that goes like this:
The place where I come from is a small town
They think so small, they use small words
But not me, I’m smarter than that,
I worked it out
I’ll be stretching my mouth to let those big words come right out
I’ve had enough, I’m getting out
to the city, the big big city
And while I don’t necessarily think that I’m smarter than everyone in my hometown or that they “think small,” this part of the song struck a chord with me.
Anyway, if you made it to the bottom of this, congratulations! And don’t forget to check out my new blog, Summer and the District.
*If you’re wondering why I’ve not explicitly given the name of the company, it’s because I’m not sure if I can in relation to blogging – that’s something I’ll have to figure out. But if you’re really interested, just ask and I’ll let you know