Almost two years ago I made a practically split second decision to move from the West Coast (Los Angeles) to the East Coast (DC). I had recently finished graduate school, and had an opportunity to move with my job (at the time) to their DC area location. I thought it would be a great opportunity for myself and my boyfriend at the time career wise, and we went for it.
Well, now two years later, I am single, in a new job that I have definitely grown out of, and an urge to return West.
You see, I am a totally different person than I was two years ago. Singleness aside, I have grown so much as a person, and I realize that the career focused individual I was back then is not who I want to be. Don’t get me wrong, I have had an amazing experience that I will never forgot with my current job. I’ve traveled to 5 continents, (have not made it to Antarctica or Australia yet…) road tripped across The Sudan, ate guinea pig in Peru, tasted camel, smoked hubbly bubbly (hookah in the Middle East) and other countless amazing things. Things that have made me realize what life is all about. And while life is about traveling and experiencing new things, the day to days of my job, and the actualities of my job, are not what I want in life. (I know this sounds vague, and if you want specifics please feel free to email me.)
I want good family, good friends, good experiences, and happiness & health of course! And after a good long soul search, I think I can better do that back West, back near my family, back in a place where I just feel more me. So all that being said, I am actively searching for a job in California, specifically in the San Francisco/Bay Area. My hope is to move by December when my lease is up here, with two conditions. If I get a job earlier, I will just go, and take the loss (in rent,) or if I don’t get a job by the end of December I will just move, and press my luck.
For someone in DC, people around here
sort of think I am crazy. Crazy to give up a job that does indeed provide such opportunities. But the thing is, my job is changing, my company is changing, and most importantly, I changed! And moreover, I am ready for a change in scenery.
I love San Francisco. I grew up a few hours south on the Central Coast, and have never actually lived in the city. My sister is there, my mom is there, I have friends there, and I am ready to start a new life, in a new city, with a support system built in.
So that being said, wish me luck, pass any jobs you may see in that area my way (it can’t hurt to ask right?!) and please, tell me I am not a crazy person (although if I am, this feels right, so I just don’t care!)
Where do you feel most at home? Where you are now? Or somewhere else?