At the end of March, I set out on a journey that would take me from concrete and busyness of San Francisco, California to the quiet nature of North Carolina – a journey that took a week and brought us through some of amazing parts of these great United States. But, I’ve had a lot of questions about what brought me to make that decision, what the drive was for me, and if I was actually happy with the choice.
Some time ago, I decided to “leave” my job in order to “pursue other opportunities and challenges”. Doing this gave me great opportunity to be selective about my next venture, and make some really informed decisions about where I wanted to go. In that search for something better than what I had just left, it became very clear that having my previous employer on my resume was nothing more than wearing a scarlet letter every time I applied for a position in the bay area. It became even more evident when I had recruiters tell me that very thing. So, something needed to change – my career path, or my location. I love what I do, and I love having the opportunity to continue to grow – something I never was overly successful at, at my last job – but not for a lack of effort.
The choice was made that I’d pick up and move across the country to the Raleigh area of North Carolina. There is a ton of tech moving into the area, the cost of living is cheaper, and there’s less of a rat race. Boy, was I right.
Aside from the professional reasons, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to make this move with someone who is not only my best friend, but the foundation of my drive and my being. I get to share in this life changing experience with someone whom I love and care about more than life itself, and the opportunities this will give us are infinite.
So, am I happy about this change? More than I could ever express in words. Am I excited about the change? Beyond compare. Is there any nervousness or reservation? Of course. I’m in a new area where I don’t know many (I know maybe 4 people here?) people or what’s going on completely.
This journey wouldn’t have been the same without the support of family and friends. We had a great friend and my mom along for the journey. We had our ups and downs along the way, but at the end of it all – we couldn’t have done it without them.
I’m ready for the next chapter. It’s time to get started. Are you writing your own book … or are you letting someone else write it for you?