It’s funny how quickly things change. Life is going along as expected and then BAM – next thing you know, you have interviewed close to 10 times with a single company (including phone and on-location), been offered a job, accepted it, and decided to move to San Francisco the next month. I’m sure you can relate. And even if you can’t, such is the case for me.
Come Christmas, I’ll be finished with my enjoyable tenure at SUPERVALU (it’s still annoying to write it in all caps), and less than two weeks away from starting at Fluid, working for a great company with some truly stellar folk, including my good friend, Cody. I wasn’t looking for a new position (this has been a great spot for me – and if you’re interested, there’s a great spot here), or even to move, but the position came up and I just couldn’t refuse the opportunity. Amazingly, the job is one where I have the option to work remotely (telecommute), but I thought the San Francisco urban experience would be good for me personally and professionally, so I decided to leave the comfort of Boise and venture out.
How am I feeling about it?
Scared, Sad, & Thankful. I find it interesting how much this change has yielded true appreciation for the things and people I have here. I’ve been given so much through God and others. There is much to love and miss in this place, and probably some regret, or at least a valuable lesson, to be had for not cherishing that more. I have such an amazing support system here – so much overflowing love. Plus, Idaho just rocks – let’s just say you don’t need a permit and a 3-month waiting list to go camping.
Excited. Much lies on the horizon and I trust that it will result in all sorts of growth. I look forward to learning more about myself, my chosen profession, my faith, and the world. From what I hear, an urban experience provides a unique perspective on lots of things. Plus, San Francisco seems to be quite the city. It’s beautiful, has the ocean right there, contains a billion and one things to do, and has things that Boise lacks, like ethnic diversity, human diversity, usable public transportation, and more than a couple good choices for Thai food.
Rushed. Amazingly (if things go according to plan), I’ll already be living and working in San Francisco this time next month. Wow. From accepting the offer to a completely new situation in less than a month. Needless to say, there’s LOTS to do before then, particularly given the holidays and a short family vacation at the end of this month. The list is large, but I thought I’d start to compile and categorize it here. That way if I miss anything major, you can let me know.
Uniquely Boise or Idaho
- Eat a veggie bagel sandwich at Blue Sky Bagels
- Throw a snowball (not too many opportunities for that in CA)
- Talk to my renters
- Take some pictures
- Get Bangkok Thai’s warm purple sticky rice, cold coconut ice cream, and cashew dessert
- Go to a free, in-the-mountains-of-Idaho hot springs
- Finish Into the Wild (and return it to the Boise Public Library)
- Get the Jeep ready to roll (hello, mechanic)
- Change my motorcycle’s oil
- Purchase motorcycle hitch carrier
- Decide between taking the road and mountain bikes (just heard today that there’s a Napa Valley mountain bike trail…)
- Figure out how to best pack the bicycle
- Store or give away all the stuff I’m not taking
- Pack the Jeep
- Plan Boise-to-San Francisco road trip (Redwoods, perhaps?)
- Research San Francisco churches
- Decide on roommates and an apartment in San Francisco
People, My Favorite
- Maximize time with immediate family
- Enjoy time with Idaho-based extended family
- Take my grandparents out for dinner
- Spend good time with friends
- Express my love to those close to me
- Pour one for me, one for my homies
- Say my goodbyes
- Shed a tear, perhaps two
- Start life in a new place
Keep me in your prayers. If you’ve read through this, chances are that I love and appreciate you very much – I hope to see you soon. Meanwhile, I guess I’ll have to start doing a better job of keeping this place up-to-date.