Today I woke up without a job. And so ended the first chapter of my life after college. I always knew this day was coming, (it’s been the end date on my contract for months) but it’s certainly a little scary that it’s over. That being said, I feel pretty much like I always feel when big things are happening in my life - nervous and excited.
If you ask my friends what my trademark saying is, all would reply “nervous and excited”. And while I may overuse it, it pretty much sums up exactly how I feel when I know the tides are about to change. I’m nervous. Nervous that I won’t find a new job. Nervous about moving to DC, a city that is far from my family and entirely new to me. Nervous that I’m pretty much in limbo in regards to my timeline and prospects. Nervous that when I get a new job, my first job has pretty much spoiled work for me forever because it was so much fun. But of course, I am excited. Excited that this is the biggest step forward I’ve made in my life thus far. Excited to begin my adult life in a new city with many friends. Excited about the prospect of working in an industry that is always changing and will be the place I want to build my career. Excited about apartments and restaurants and all the little things to learn about a new place.
When there is so much that is unknown, I can only hope to be nervous and excited.
So today, as I wake up unemployed, I feel nervous and excited. But I also feel thankful. Thankful that I got to spend my first year out of college traveling, speaking and spending time with co-workers who are some of my best friends. Thankful for students who impressed me, who made me cry and who made me proud of my work. Thankful that I have a great support system behind me, and thankful for the growth that I’ve experienced. I’m thankful that I feel ready to move forward. And so, I will.
Ladies, I need your help! I’m moving to DC within the next month and I need a place to live! Do you know anyone who is looking for roommates or subletting their apartment for the summer? How did you find your apartments? What neighborhoods do you like/dislike? Any other thoughts, tips or tricks for apartment hunting?
“I get worried for young girls sometimes; I want them to feel that they can be sassy and full and weird and geeky and smart and independent, and not so withered and shriveled.”—
Amy Poehler in an interview for Bust Magazine (via ellens)
Dear Amy and Tina,
Thank you, not just for being funny women, but for talking about what being a funny woman means. Here’s hoping that I can someday raise geeky, awesome, independent daughters who will be proud of their sassy, weird mom.