Update #15: Why am I Relocating? (+vlog)

Hey Guys! I hope everyone is doing well! I’m writing this post in the past, so I hope my day is going well too! (update: it was okay, it was my last day at my old job!)

Today I wanted to share why I have chosen to relocate.  I will be honest that this is going to be a very lengthy post, so grab something to drink and get cozy because you’re going to have a lot to read!

It all stated when I went on my business trip in May to home office. I did a lot of networking while I was there and learned so much about professional growth. I attended a seminar where we talked about our professional development and I learned that sometimes you have to take risks. I really like the company I work for (which, for personal reasons, have chosen to keep anonymous). I really wanted to stay with the company and hopefully advance, but in my current role, the path of advancement was not what I was looking for. My feelers were always out but I didn’t really want to move outside of where I was currently living.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I came across a job post that would require me to move and applied on May 30th. It didn’t quite happen that fast. I talked to a few different people (some I knew in the department to which I was applying) as well as friends and family. I will be honest, I needed encouragement. I was intimated about applying for a job where I would need to relocate. I had never done it before. It’s a big life decision and wanted to make sure that it was something that in the long run would be worth it.

After talking it out with everyone I knew, I decided to apply for the job. The job that I applied for was a facilitation position, and was something that was always my long term goal to do. I decided to take the leap because I thought that it would be a good move for my career.

It honestly was a very difficult decision. If I got the job, it meant I would be losing a lot. Not materialistically. I was born and raised where I currently live. My family is here. My friends are here. My boyfriend is here. I play in two pinball leagues and a trivia league. Almost all of my life is here in Akron. This may seem like silly excuses to stay for some, but I’m a very social person. Not that I wouldn’t be able to find a new pinball league, trivia, and make new friends, but my boyfriend is amazing and my family isn’t moving. Did the pros outweigh the cons?

I had many real deep conversations and emotional nights. I cried…a lot. As each week passed and I the got the call for another interview, I grew more and more anxious. The severity of what I had gotten myself into finally hit me one night after pinball. My boyfriend got off work early and met up with me. After league ended, we walked to our cars together. I told him I had received a call that day for a final interview. He congratulated me and kissed me goodbye. Before he walked away I stopped him. I told him that it would be the FINAL interview and that it meant I actually had a chance of getting the job. I mustered up the courage to tell him we need to have “the talk.”

We talked for what seemed like forever (well most of the time I was crying). I admitted to him that everything about this job was great except for the fact that this meant I had to move away from him, my friends and family…and I didn’t want to lose him. After an eternity of me trying to gain my composure, he looked at me and told me “you’d be crazy if you didn’t take this job.” This made me cry even harder. Just to know that I had the support of him made me know I was making the right decision, should I get the job.

The next few days were a blur. I interviewed on a Friday, and was told “we’re looking to make a decision quickly” when I asked when I would hear something. The following week I was prepping for a big presentation. The day of the presentation (it was a Thursday) I got an message from the manger of the job to which I had interviewed. He wanted to talk to me. I instantly filled with emotions. (Did I get the job? Are they turning me down? What does this mean?!? This is so nerve-racking!) Long story short (too late) I got the job!

I blew up my contacts with texts sharing the good news. I was honestly in disbelief. Each job I had interviewed for I honestly wanted the job, but if I didn’t get it, I wouldn’t have been upset. This was the first time I had ever interviewed for a job and had to prep myself to NOT be upset if I didn’t get it. The whole experience was very eye-opening. I learned a lot about myself, but I also learned how understanding people can be when you are honest with them.

And…scene.

So, where am I at now? Here is a quick video update on where I am at with my relocation. I hope you enjoy it!

Have you every had to make a tough decision like me? Not like when you’re at brunch and your waitress asks  “white or wheat?” A decision where you had to leave your friends and family? Maybe you left your job without having one to replace it? Don’t be afraid to leave a comment!

I’ll be back next week with another update!

Talk soon,
Jennifer