Within one week, two awesome life events occurred in my life, both of which I’ve nervously awaited for quite some time. I’ll be careful to list and describe them in order of importance and meaning 😉
Firstly, I moved in with my girlfriend last week. We’ve been dating for about 2.5 years and back in 2010 I made an insanely abrupt and crazy decision to skip out on a one-way ticket to South Korea and move to Boulder to give us a shot. Here we are, still giving it a shot and it’s been, without a doubt, the best time of my life. With and without her, I’ve grown more as a man, a partner, a person than I have in my entire life. She pulls the best out of me like no one else and as most people who know her and I remind me, I am way out of my league and lucky as hell 🙂
I’ve never lived with a significant other before. I guess I’ve considered living with ex-girlfriends before, but nothing remotely came of it. Maybe it’s my maturity, or maybe it’s the both of us together, but this clicks and makes sense. She’s even letting me have a hand in decorating the place (her place originally, now ours). So, onward and upward with that. Bye bye bachelorhood, it’s been fun. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go do laundry for 2 now.
That other life event I mentioned. I’ve subsisted on consulting work since December of last year. I was lucky to have a lot of great clients over that course of time and enjoyed the flexibility and independence that start-your-own-business-advocates rave about. I also became a bit isolated and frustrated with the touch-and-go nature of my work and sought to remedy that somehow. I wasn’t sure if it was going to look like getting a full-time job, taking on something part-time, learning a new skill (I tried learning Ruby on Rails with limited success) or a mix of those three.
What happened instead was that I got hired by one of the most award wining advertising agencies in America, Crispin Porter and Bogusky. Yeah, that was a “holy fucking shit” moment for me. I kid you not when I say I’ve sent them at least 5-10 job applications a year since I graduated college in 2006. It was one of those dream job scenarios that I’d keep applying to until I got an interview. That interview finally came in 2012, 6 years later. So, last Friday, before leaving for a completely offline retreat with my girlfriend’s company in Rocky Mountain National Park, I officially was hired. You should have seen my face.
I’ll be the Community Manager for the Microsoft Bing account. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of this team. They get me, I get them and I cannot wait to work my ass off for/with them to create social community greatness. It’s going to be a trip!
There we are. The first week of August was a crazy and amazing one. I don’t have much else to say except that I am truly ready for where I’m at. I’m ready to be the best person I can be and perform in all aspects of my life to my greatest potential. I’m so psyched.