All About… Why I’m Moving to DC

The Story of the Next Chapter of My Life

As a blogger, it’s part of the job to share aspects of my life, the events I attend, restaurants I try, share my opinion on things and more. However, I honestly lean more to the private side when it comes to my life. There have been times when I wanted to share more of my life and publicly answer questions that I typically answer privately. From the books I’m currently reading, bucket list items, my thoughts on post-graduate internships, life after college, working in public relations and even my favorite podcasts I’m currently binging.

There has always been a sense of fear that lures over me and has hindered me from sharing more aspects that make up who I am. Those same thoughts are what keeps me in my little, safe comfort zone of a bubble. I have learned over time, and rather quickly, that those thoughts and the cozy bubble of comfortability are what keeps me from reaching the next level of many areas of my life that I wish to advance in.

My biggest comfort zone is Dallas. It’s my home, it’s where my family is, it’s where my friends are, it’s what I know, it’s where my life resides. But that’s the thing… it’s all I know.

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I first visited DC when I was in the 7th grade (like most American children do) for a leadership program. From the moment I looked out the window and saw the national monuments from the sky before the plane landed, I had a connection and a sense of home. The same feeling I had when I drove on SMU’s campus for the first time.

I was blessed to have the opportunity to visit many times for a multitude of occasions throughout the years. Having the exposure from a young age allowed me to get comfortable urban environment, navigate the metro, explore the neighborhoods and more. Essentially deepening my love for the city of DC.

I have always been a goal oriented person, due to a leadership and one of the larger goals on my list has been to live in DC. Fast rewind to a month ago, I had the opportunity to return to the city and visit Weber Shandwick’s (the PR agency I work for) DC office. While on the tour the multiple floors, I had the same feeling I once had on the plane looking out the window and when I first entered SMU’s campus. That content and unshakable feeling… as if you’re in the right place at the right time.

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As I learned of opportunities in the Weber Shandwick / Powell Tate office, I pursued them further and as fast as I could. I scheduled one-on-one’s, asked questions, conducted research and cultivated the appropriate relationships. On Friday, August 10th, I received a call from the DC office offering me a position in the DC office within the Social Impact practice. Prior to receiving the call, I already had my mind set that I would pack up and move if the offer presents itself. Once it did, it officially did was game on.

The first thought after I received the offer was, “But Dallas…”

Those words were the confirmation I needed. The one thing I loved, lived in and even created a blog about is the one thing that will keep me from reaching the next level. So I accepted the offer and purchased a one-way ticket to Washington, DC.

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I can’t wait for the next chapter of my life and immerse myself in a culturally diverse city. If there was any time in life to do it, it’s definitely now! As my move date quickly approaches, the sadness of leaving my family, friends and Dallas slowly are replaced with excitement for the unknown, something that typically scares everything inside me.

I also can’t wait to bring you all along through my blog and Instagram page! As I start to adjust to DC and work, my content will reflect more lifestyle and life-related posts. All while maintaining the events, reviews and recommendations aspect of my blog.

I look forward to telling you all about it!


I want to hear from you! Hit me with all of you advice, recommendations, thought, comments, etc. I want to hear it all! Leave me a comment below, in the contact page or shoot me an email at allaboutlastnightblog@gmail.com!

M

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