In case you missed it on my Instagram, I arrived in San Diego a year ago as of a couple of weeks ago.
It’s crazy to me how quickly the past year flew by, but that’s probably for a good reason: it was undoubtedly the best year of my life.
I remember how I felt when I began applying to jobs out here from Connecticut. I figured the likelihood that anyone would hire me–let alone, interview me–was pretty low. In 2012, I had tried applying to jobs in Manhattan and Boston, and no one would talk to me since I didn’t already live there. And at that point I was only 2 hours away from each of those cities.
But I got lucky. Two weeks after I began applying, I had a first interview at two separate companies, both of which were for roles dealing with social media, something I was hoping to get more involved in. A week after that, I had a second interview (this time via Skype) at one of those places, the next day I was asked for references, and the day after that, I was offered a job. By mid-November, I had a new job lined up at a company 3,000 miles away.
By the beginning of December, I learned how to actually pack up an apartment, planned my route, and spent a week driving across country with Adam and Maeby, during which I learned the best way to move across country, especially when it comes to moving across country with your dog. In the end, it took us 7 days, but we drove through 14 states and arrived in San Diego with a lease starting the next day and all of my furniture scheduled to arrive later that week.
I have so many thoughts about this past year. I experienced doubt but was reminded by so many people that the right time is now. I expected such a significant change and in some ways, that’s what I got, but at the same time, everything was just so…easy. I don’t know if it was my job, the support I already had here, or just how wonderful of a city San Diego is, but from the moment we arrived, it felt right. And yet, I’m still in awe over the landscape when I’m driving to and from work, and can’t get over the fact that I live in a place where people come to vacation.
Despite all the doubt, fears and uncertainty I faced when moving, I am so happy I did it. It’s crazy how time flies, but it’s been a year since I arrived in San Diego, and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
As 2014 comes to a close, and I reflect back on all of the incredible experiences I’ve had over the last year, I’m eager to see what 2015 brings. I’m not sure how this coming year could possibly top 2014, but 2015, give it your best shot.