I am so excited to finally publicly announce some big news. On September 26th*, I will board a 1:55 p.m. flight out of Midway (with my two suitcases (thank you, Southwest), a carry-on bag, and a purse) to Boston.
A one-way flight.
I am moving to Boston.
I have told so many of you individually, but allow me the space to cheer about it online and to offer you some more details.
I have been slowly job searching since I chose to leave my graduate program last fall. It was not a serious or frantic search, as I have been satisfied with my employer and job in Chicago, but I felt like I needed something different, a new path for my career. If I was going to stay in tech, I wanted to really get into tech. A few small actions – reading more blogs and books about tech and project management, signing up for Path.To, revamping my LinkedIn profile, feeling antsy the day before vacation, all led me to apply for a “project management”-esque position with an Open Web development company in Boston.
In Boston?! What?!
It was not so long ago that I even started musing on the possibility, saying, “Well, I love Boston. If I was ever going to move to another city it would be Boston.” I’ve only been back in Chicago since February, after all. I think getting back to Chicago though was just what I need to get me back to myself, and able to figure out the next step. This is the right thing to do, and the right time for it – I am certain of this. Let the lesson here be that if you love something,
let it go visit it a half-dozen times in less than a year and see if you can resist the allure of moving there.
Over the last six weeks, I’ve gone through this amazing interview experience, which honestly never felt soul-crushing, stressful or overwhelming. If I was ever intimidated, it was by the amazing work they do and feeling humbled by how much I have yet to learn (and can learn, and will learn). If I was ever nervous, it was always easily dispelled within the opening moments of conversations. Indeed, every interview really did feel more like a really interesting and engaging conversation. Have you been on many interviews where you talked about the democratization of the web and the need for an informed and engaged public? (I have not.) It just felt right the whole time.
This is a huge, big, scary, exciting, wonderful opportunity and I am ready. I am so excited about the work they are doing and I am ready for the challenge. I am going to be learning a lot, and pushing myself hard, and recapturing that elusive feeling of contributing to society, of making a difference. (Snippets of Cassie circa 2006-2008 rising to the surface again.)
I have to add here though that I have been happy in Chicago, and that if I hadn’t found any satisfaction in my work, I wouldn’t have had any hunger to do more, do different in this field. If I hadn’t found any happiness in my life, I would not have had the confidence and drive to pursue more. This is not about leaving Chicago, or anything or anyone here, but about going to Boston, and going to something new.
Oh, how I am going to miss you all, and that skyline! I am really, really, really going to miss my friends oh-so-very much but am grateful for social media, blogs, and Southwest’s multiple daily flights making it easy for us to all keep in touch.
Perhaps not surprisingly now, my next endeavor will be “Three Month Project: Becoming a Bostonian, 10/1/12-12/31/12.”
*The date of my flight is subject to change based on, you know, finding housing and other relatively important things that need to be done.