Archive | November, 2010

Leaving California

16 Nov

Leaving California was one of the hardest choices I’ve ever had to make.

I’ve lived there my whole life. I LOVE being a California Girl (not a Katy Perry inspired, California GURRL, but a true-blue, Los Angeles native, Beach Boys-style California Girl). I love the beach, I love the sun, I love the restaurants, I love the theaters, I love the warm weather, I love my friends, I love my family, I love my fiance, I love my puppies, I love the nightlife, I love to boogie… I LOVE MY WHOLE HOUSE! jk.

But seriously, I love California.

When we decided the best thing for me to do for my career was to take the job with Saatchi & Saatchi X, it was really scary and stressful. Everything about the job was right, but Grant and I (after 4 1/2 years) had just gotten engaged and wanted to plan a wedding, and now it meant having to plan my wedding from really far away. It meant leaving the man I love at home with my dogs, while I ventured east in search of job stability, opportunity and a chance to build a real future for ourselves and our future family.

Grant stayed behind for 2 reasons; 1. Beta Wolf, 2. Apple. Can you believe that there are NO Apple stores in the ENTIRE STATE of Arkansas? You have to drive to Tulsa, OK (2 hours) or Kansas City, MO (3.5 hours) to find one. And, of course, Arkansas doesn’t have a very good music scene, so there was no point in him coming out here for now. The great thing for Grant is that my being here totally frees him up to explore every possibility with Beta Wolf. He has the chance to do anything and everything it takes to make this band his future, and we couldn’t be more excited about the direction the last month alone has already started to take for him.

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Goodbye California, hello Arkansas… ???

14 Nov
Welcome to Arkansas

Well, here it is. The long awaited explanation for “why in the world” I left my home in California – 12 months before finally getting married – to live in the great state of Arkansas.

It’s simple; I got a great job.

I know it’s not much of an “excuse” but at the same time, it’s the simple truth of the situation. I now work for Saatchi & Saatchi X, global leader in Shopper Marketing, as a Digital Producer. It’s an amazing company with excellent benefits and the people make the workplace a dream come true. I no longer work for a small agency, I made it to the “big leagues” of advertising with a Company so well established and successful, it makes the last several years look like a giant question mark. But then again, had I not struggled through my life in the smaller agencies, I never would have made it here, so thank you to my former employers, I’m happy now. No more missing vacation time, no more paying out of pocket for health insurance, no more submitting invoices for payment, no more questioning the longevity of my workplace; it’s a solid and reputable place that I’m privileged to have been offered an opportunity with, so I took the job. I also took the job because I knew how happy it made my soon-to-be father-in-law.

Arkansas is 100% different than home and it’s a huge adjustment, but I’ll try to keep you as up-to-date as possible while I’m here.

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