Sometimes, getting close to your dream can make you realize that it’s time to alter it…simply because you don’t have to move away to make it happen.
I’ll be honest. As much as I love DC, I do want to move away. Or just travel. The first time I got off the east coast in 15 years was last June. First time I went to the west coast was in January.
I am a person who craves travel and experience. I thought that I needed to do that by moving away so I began applying to jobs in NYC. Mostly, it was because I’ve been dying to live there for a long time. A smaller, yet forceful, factor was burning out on D.C. Some personal stuff, some professional and other stuff that just made me want to break out of the box made me focus on leaving.
The thing is…I do love D.C. I love being considered a DC native. I love being DC Princess.
And I love my community.
That blog I wrote about being in limbo was on waiting to hear back from a job in CO. “You’ll love Boulder,” friends told me, and you know what? I’m 100% sure I will when I go to visit. (Ashley, Grace, the Lijit team? I’m coming to see you soon.) I really really wanted the job. I was ready to jump on a plane and be there. I was ready. I didn’t get the job but a sense of relief washed over me.
I’m not ready to leave D.C. just yet.
I love walking in the city.
I love meeting friends for drinks & lunch.
I love listening to my D.C. friends complain about having to go into VA.
I love the community I’ve built, and the way people look out for me.
I love meeting people at events and hear them say “DCPrincessQ? I think I’m following you on Twitter.”
I love that I can do a tour of the monuments at night.
I love that there are so many amazing people who have chosen to be a part of my life.
I love that I’ll be planning my wedding in Washington, D.C., regardless of where I’m living at the time.
I love that different streets hold different memories for me.
I love that when “The Remedy” comes on the radio, I think of driving across the 14th Street bridge as a freshman at GWU.
I love the feeling of being at home as I walk down the street.
Will I travel? Absolutely! Some of my best friends are scattered all over the country and I will go see them as often as possible.
Will I move away? Maybe. As I told people who wondered why CO instead of NY…I’m at a point in my career that will take me to wherever the opportunity is. It could be a startup in CO, a marketing agency in NYC, a publisher in Seattle or maybe, one of my favorite companies right here in DC.
[Speaking of which, Sisarina is hiring a Social Media Manager & I naturally applied. I need your help though! If you’re on Twitter, please tweet with the hashtag #SisarinaSMM & tell the lovely ladies of @Sisarina why I would rock as their SMM. You can also post on their FB wall. It’d rock if you did both 🙂 ]
So, Washington D.C., you got a hold on me. Thank you for not letting me go without a fight because …