September 20th, 2012. That’s the last time I posted on this blog. I was still in Chile but I was coming home to make a big move and start a brand new stage in life. In the five months that followed my life changed — a lot.
My wife and I found ourselves in Seattle staying with some incredibly generous friends and looking for an apartment. It took a couple weeks to find a place but eventually we had the keys to something we could call home. My family filled a trailer full of our stuff and drove nearly 18 hours to bring it to us. For the most part, it was stuff we hadn’t see in six months other than in the whirlwind packing week we had between South America and Seattle.
All told, moving took about three weeks and during that time I had also started a brand new job. Officially my title was “Community Manager,” but the reality was I got to do a little bit of everything. I ran social media, worked to craft a compelling story, devised plans for content marketing, took point on customer service, got my feet wet in fundraising, and even helped pull off a gala. Never in my life have I learned more or worked harder.
As I devoted more time to the office other things naturally had to give way. The blog ground to a halt and my camera’s shutter open and closed less than a hundred times in five months. The change wasn’t bad, it was just different. And now things are changing again.
Because of cut-backs in marketing and media at the nonprofit I was working for, I’m once again deciding what the next adventure is going to be. Layoffs are never easy and don’t make anyone feel good, but if there was ever an amicable one, it was this one. When I left, I left still believing in the mission and vision of the organization and with the knowledge that losing me was painful for everyone involved. It was hard to walk away from an organization I believe is doing something meaningful in this world and it was hard to leave an amazing group of coworkers devoted to helping others.
What am I doing next? It’s hard to say. The plan is to stay in Seattle at least through the summer, but beyond that, the future is wide open. These days I’m spending my time looking into job options and enjoying the freedom that comes with being your own boss. That means you’ll be seeing regular blogs from me in the future, as well as more photography (maybe even videos!). It also means that I just launched a brand new upgrade to the website. Take a peek around and check out my new portfolios. Let me know if you find anything broken so I can get it fixed.
These last few months have flown by incredibly fast and it’s nice to have a moment to reflect. With all I’ve learned and the chance to start a new life in a great city, I can honestly say that I don’t regret a moment of life since we moved back to the States.
Thanks so much to everyone who supported us along the way and all our friends who have kept us in their hearts. I don’t know exactly where I’m going, but I’m looking forward to it!