Everything ends, no matter how good or how bad, it eventually ends. And thus, so does my time in Seattle and at Microsoft. I was so excited for this job, excited to do and try new things. It was going great! I loved my team, I loved the work, I loved the possibilities and the future places it would take me.
And then COVID. 7 months into this new job.
I was luckier than many during this time. I got to keep my job, I had health insurance, I had a place to live. I was safe. I was luckier than many. I am thankful for it beyond measure. And luckier still to be in a position to even consider leaving a secure job. But that’s what I did. It’s what I am doing. I’ll tell you more about it when we can have drinks or brunch again (I will be fully vax on May 12th, 2 weeks past my 2nd dose!). But ultimately, the pull back to New York was too strong and the job was no longer the job that I moved across the country for.
I’m so happy to have met and worked with some really brilliant people at Microsoft and I hope it isn’t the last time we work together. I have doubled my network of freelancers and agencies. I have added some wonderful new people to my life, friends. I have added to my skillset (I can do corporate keynotes AND variety programming!). I’m not sure what would have come of this life had the pandemic not changed all of ours, but we are here now. I think we all had to re-evaluate what was important in our lives because it is short and fleeting.
Sometimes you have to come to terms with the end. It’s time for me to return to New York. More on what’s next soon. I’m pretty excited about it and I hope you will be, too.
“When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.”
— Fran Lebowitz