Monday, July 2, 2012

My Big Announcement.

I've been keeping a big secret from you guys for months... and I guess it is finally time to spill the beans. No need to drag it out, so here goes:

I am moving to San Francisco!!
Okay, so it is not really a huge surprise for most of you who know me. I've been flying back and forth for nearly a year. It was time to make a change. So, at the end of July, I'll be putting RoxyCat in a travel carrier and hitting the road. Here are the details [that I know so far], and I've placed them in a Q/A format because these are the questions I ask myself every day:

Why?
To those of you who are new to the blog, I will be dorky and tell you "I'm moving for love." While it sounds cheesy, it is actually the truth. I met the love of my life last year- with the minor speedbump being he lives exactly 641 miles away from me. I am sick of going back and forth. I want to see him every day, I want to have normal dates and normal weekends and look at his face. I have always wanted a grand adventure, and I can't think of a better excuse than to have one now.
Do you have a job there?
To be perfectly blunt- Nope. I can tell you I know WHERE I want to work, I can tell you WHAT I want to do. I just need to make it happen. Having had a job since I was 16, I am a little panicked. The world of unemployment is water I've never treaded. But I also am confident I will not only find A job, but THE job. While I've had an amazing career so far and have been so thankful for my employer, the excitement and anticipation of a new challenge is pretty thrilling.

Will you still blog?
I think I'll probably blog MORE. Idaho girl finding her way in a big city? Sounds like a blogging paradise if you ask me!

Are you nervous?
I have lived in Boise, Idaho my ENTIRE life. I never went away for college [I went to Boise State], I never had a summer abroad, I've been here. Forever. But, when faced with the question "What would you do if you could not fail?" my answer has always been "move to a big city." So while I am nervous about little things [parking, getting lost, the fog], I am more than anything SO excited and counting the minutes until my new adventure begins!! 
Are you SCARED?
No way!! But, I must admit... the one thing that keeps me up at night about all of this is making new friends. A joke here in Boise is that you can throw me into any room at any place and I'll emerge with a new best friend. I'm chatty! For some reason, I am lacking that same confidence here. I am SUCH a dork and literally read a blog about making new friends as an adult, so I am well prepared to ask girls on "friend dates." But... I know there will be moments where ALL I WANT is to go to happy hour with a girlfriend and talk about clothes and celebrity gossip and hair products... and it will be awhile before I have those connections. That is going to suck... but only for a little bit. Wish me luck.

I also am a little "apprehensive" as to how I'll function away from my family [this includes Lindy]. I have lived a short 5 minute drive from my mom, about an hour from my dad, and down the hall from my best friend. It is a miracle for things like FaceTime because I can guarantee I will have those days where my heart aches to be home. 

OMG, How excited are you?!
Well, my head has been in "the fog" [pun intended] for the past few months. I have never been so excited for anything, ever! I get to go to a beautiful city, be with my love, explore new neighborhoods, meet lots of new people, and build a new life path. This is something I've been waiting for my entire life, and never thought would happen. I am SO. EXCITED. 

So, that is about all I can think of so far. It probably makes sense why I am selling everything I own now, huh?? [If you want to buy ANY OF IT, please feel free to contact me.] Anyways, I am so glad I can talk about it openly now... and hope you'll stand by me as my posting will probably be a little less frequent over the coming weeks. Moving your entire life is hard work, I've gotta say! If you have any questions I didn't cover, ask! I'm an open book here. And also [this is where I get shameless], if you live there and want to get happy hour--- let me know. I'll be free. :)

22 comments:

  1. Congrats on the upcoming move!! I'm really excited for you-- I did a similar move (From Iowa to Chicago), you'll do fabulous and have so much fun explore!!

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  2. I'm so happy for you! I'm glad I got to see you in person and give you a hug Friday, you will have zero problem making new lady friends :)

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  3. Congratulations Kelli! It's never easy to take a leap of faith like this, but I know you are going to learn so much and have tons of fun. I'm looking forward to reading all about your adventures! Many blessings!

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  4. I am so excited for you! That is a huge step but i'm sure it's going to be great! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  5. Woohoo! I was away from my hubby when he was in the Marines and being apart from the one you love is torture! I'm thrilled for you! You just look like a California girl! I can't wait to follow your journey through your blog. I hope everything falls into place seamlessly and you land your dream job! Get it, girl!!!

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  6. New places are always exciting! I've lived in VA my whole life and my hubs is from Florida, so we'll be moving there next year and I'm so excited! xoxo

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  7. I love that top pic of you! Your hair looks gorgeous! YOU WILL HAVE A BLAST IN SF! Loves!

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  8. Congrats! What a brave/exciting thing to do - I'm proud of you! Looking forward to all your blog post as a Cali girl :)

    Dana
    Big City Farm Girl

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  9. how exciting and romantic. =) Welcome to SF! I'm a native! =)

    xo,
    nancy

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  10. YAYAY! Congrats! My only question is how do you find a great love like you have? Ha.
    I'm only a hop skip and jump away across the bay in Berkeley. Holler if you ever need anything. :]

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  11. AHH! So exciting! San Fran is a city I've ALWAYS dreamed of visiting, so I'm pretty excited to follow along as you explore AND make new friends :) Good luck with the move!

    Sarah
    smalltowncatwalk.blogspot.ca

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  12. So excited for you...when I was 19, I moved to Boise from Albany, NY?..I did not know a soul, did not have a car, a place to live...only a pair of suitcases...I have lived here ever since and you know the rest...marriage and kids! You are so like a cool city girl and SF is so friendly with so many different kinds of people...you will love it. I have a proposition for you...a great opportunity to earn money and work for yourself! Message me your phone number so we could talk for a few moments!

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  13. I'm new to blogging but not San Francisco. I've been here almost 10 years. Maybe we can get together and trade some advice. I work in eCommerce in the fitness industry and was super jealous you were working for bodybuilding.com, definitely one of my favorite resources.

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  14. Congrats! I moved from Va to Chicago years ago without a job or an apartment (my parents were less than thrilled) and I knew all of 4 people there BUT it was the best decision of my life! Good luck and all the best on your new adventures!

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  15. This is so exciting! You go girl! Make your dreams a reality. Best of luck and can't wait to see how it all goes!

    xoxo, Emily
    www.mainstreetchic.blogspot.com

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  16. Wow Congrats!! Good luck on your next big adventure! I'm sure it'll be amazing!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  17. PS - love the first outfit! Details please!

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  18. Hey sweets! I have lots of gfs in SF, including my bestie. I can definitely set you up on some girl dates :)

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  19. Congrats on your big move! I live in SF and all I can say is you'll love it! Best of luck! Xo

    Ali

    Www.sanfranciscoblonde.com

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  20. oh my gosh, I'm doing the exact same thing except I'm currently in Florida and I've been here my whole life. It's very encouraging to read this and know that you're doing well. PLEASE let me know if you have any advice at all, including job searching because that's the part I'm most nervous about! (I'm a print journalist with a concentration in magazines! Twinsies?!) :) I'm definitely following along your journey now.

    xo

    MacKensie
    mackensieg.blogspot.com

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Thank you for reading! xoKelli