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I am now on my third day without caffeine and am finally starting to pull out of the fog that is caffeine withdrawal. It has been a whirlwind this past week as I received two jobs offers last Wednesday after interviewing last Tuesday! After accepting a job offer from a start up called Earnest Inc, I packed up all my stuff and headed home to Florida on Sunday. Saying goodbye to friends was tougher than I expected and more than a few tears were shed. My last meals in Chapel Hill included the classic Cosmic Cantina and YOPO combo and for breakfast Sunday morning biscuits and cinnamon rolls from Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen. Needless to say, the couple extra pounds I gained were more than worth it. More than anything, it was hard to leave purely because of the people. I have seen so many loved ones leave UNC. I tend to befriend older kids so it has been a pattern in my life. However, it never gets easier. You always miss them. You always know it won’t be the same. 

My life will never be the same as it was in college. it will always be different. But different doesn’t mean bad. It just means different. That’s my take on it. My life could be better in a new way from here on out.

I move to San Francisco come Saturday and have yet to pack (eeek!). One day at a time. 

The above picture is the gathering of web.unc.edu folks that I was so lucky to work with for three years. As I said in my Facebook status recently…

“In one week, I have a one way ticket to San Francisco. In 10 days, I have my first day as a Happiness Engineer (could the title be any better?) at a start up called Earnest (meetearnest.com). I got the job offer on Wednesday and jumped at the opportunity. Yes, this is very impulsive. No, I don’t have a place to live yet. Yes, I am ready. No, I don’t know what I am getting myself into. One day at a time  Sadly, this also means that today was my last day in the office working for web.unc.edu. I am humbled by how amazing the people I work with and for are. I will miss them dearly to say the least. While teaching me everything I know about websites, they also taught me how important it is to believe in people and give them a chance to grow into a role. I have had incredible mentors who believed in me and gave me the chance to grow time and time again. Thank you. I just hope one day I can pay it forward to someone else. To new adventures in new places and life lessons that will stay with me forever!”
 
For now, I am home and I am soaking in time with the family. Life is good. 

 

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