So right now I’m vacationing with my family in the Florida Keys. The following week I fly to New York City to go to WeWork Summer Camp and visit Keith and the Girl. I then fly directly to Texas for work meetings and get this, on August 31 I move to San Diego.
That’s right. I’m giving up the cold blanket of fog for the warm sunshine of America’s Finest City. Starting September 1, all things going as planned, I’ll be moved into my new home and starting work a couple of days later.
If you feel taken aback by this news rest assured you’re not alone. Three weeks ago I’d never have even thought twice about moving to San Diego. I’d never even been to San Diego! Then, seemingly out of nowhere, an incredible job opportunity opened up. I jokingly responded something like, “Oh if only I lived in San Diego!” and then boom, two weeks later I’m in San Diego on interview six or eleven (depending on how we’re counting).
Then, just a few days later, and as the best birthday gift I’ve received in some time, I got the call. They wanted me to join their team and gave me an offer I simply couldn’t refuse.
This will be no easy change but sometimes dramatic and unexpected change is what you need to strike inspiration and drive you to new and exciting personal and professional heights. Saying goodbye to my friends will be difficult and closing out my office at WeWork was already a sad event. But this isn’t the end of my life in San Francisco.
I’ll be back to visit Ryan and my friends as often as I can. I’m hoping this will spark new passion into my photography and blog. It will definitely cut down on my travel but it’s a sacrifice worth making right now. Taking this opportunity by the horns and riding it south will no doubt open me up to amazing new adventures, experiences and friends. Not to mention new wine regions to play around in!
Right now I only know six people in San Diego, according to my Facebook Graph Search. Here’s hoping that by this time next year that number will at least compete a little bit with my incredible number of friends in San Francisco, which currently sits at over 100! Of course it’s the quality of friends that matters most, but it sure doesn’t hurt to have variety!
If you live in San Diego or just have tips or stories about the area please let me know in the comments. I’ve got a ton of stuff to take care of in the coming weeks like packing up my things, moving down there, buying a car, starting my job, getting more “big boy business dress” clothes (hello Bonobos!) and who knows what else.
Depending on how things go, I might even go back to Ignite and do a new talk titled, “Serendipity 2.0!” It was serendipity that got me to California in the first place, whose to say it isn’t behind this odyssey too?