Monday, June 22, 2015

Where Y'all Going, Jessi?

Hi, blog!

Hey, hi! You remember me, right? 

It's been 20 days since we last got in touch and I wanted to share what's been going on. 

The last time I took a 20 day break the post was titled "Where'd You Go, Jessi?". This time I poetically and intentionally took a 20 day break so I could make that parallel connection, but did my disappearing act again without telling you. At least you can count on me to be consistent.

This 20 day break was unbelievably more life-shaking than the last where all I did was traveled to multiple states and read books and kept my nails painted. It's been hard to keep all of this to myself  on the blog, but it's been very easy to have this break from blogging while I've kept myself busy elsewhere.

Busy with what? Let's start with a big one.

+ I gave notice at my job on Monday, June 1st. I work at my dream company and I'm resigning 12 days prior to my six-year anniversary. Technically I gave four and a half weeks notice after a few administrative changes and have been in high demand for the past three weeks.

+ The resignation from my dream company is because I'm finally ready to listen to my heart and follow this crazy feeling I've previously attempted to describe as love. I'm finally ready to go somewhere I know will be uncomfortable. I'm finally at the place where I want to make this long-distance relationship into a short-distance one. I'm moving East of the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee. If you're new to geography that's very far away from this Upper Left USA I've lived in my entire life.

+ That's right, I'm back together - please don't throw things at me for not telling you - with a man I care very much about and love very much. If you're really in the know you saw me throw a casual #NationalBestFriendsDay and #MCM on Instagram three weeks ago, but you really had to be paying attention to remember that you hadn't seen his face on social media since 2014. The sweet guy you read about here and here? Well, he's the same one you consoled me over here and a few other places on this domain before. He's my heart-eyed emoji and always will be. I can't wait to start this adventure.


+ In my moving prep I've tossed out more than three truckloads of clothing, furniture and why-did-I-need-to-buy-this items that were in my three bedroom home. I found way too much cash in a few envelopes that were from Christmases where things like Nintendo Wii were on my must-have list. I'm finally tossing some of the nail polish that's not Essie and glitter I used to wear all over my face in middle school. I've never realized how much "stuff" I had before understanding that I needed to significantly down-size to fit into my new life.

In the non-boy / non-leaving my job / non-moving across the country news, here's a few more things you missed.

+ Miss Black Betty (my brand new baby Prius) got in a 4-car accident. A < 5 mph vehicle damage only and nobody's hurt accident. Not my fault and not my money to get it repaired, plus I learned a few lessons on what you're supposed to do when you find yourself on the side of the road with a few other victims of the same collision.

+ I made it up on stage at my drum class TWO more times and hope to jump up there once more with mom in the crowd. Then maybe be a part-time fitness instructor in Memphis and bring Pound! to my new town. #poundtown

+ I went for a four-mile hill run in ninety-degree weather because it was just too nice to not do it. It made me miss the clear head and full heart I used to get when that used to be my daily routine rain or shine.

+ Weekend trip to the Oregon Coast for Father's Day as a family and watched a fireworks show on the sand. We struck it lucky to find a weekend we could all be together.

I know that Helene just announced that she's moving to Tennessee, but she's going to Nashville which is a three hour road trip away from Memphis and apparently much much much cooler because they've got a hoppin' enough city for Trader Joe's and ClassPass. Two Portland things I love and will miss dearly on my new adventure. Thanks for the care packages in advance, mom.

Other Portland things I'll miss dearly are my amazing parents who have done everything possible to show me support through this emotional life-altering decision. My brother who just returned back to our same time zone after four years away in Europe. My golden sisters who are crazy and silly and more grown up than ever. My friends and mentors and coworkers, the good ones who know who they are. My city that's been there for me through good and bad and great and worst.

Much more work to be done in the upcoming weeks but I'm happy you're now in the know.

20 comments

Kathy@RealTalk said...

i saw that IG post and thought: hey! they're back together, yay!

good on you for listening to your heart. sometimes you just have to do it - make the jump and see how/where it goes and most of the time, it's totally worth it. congrats on the move !!!

Samantha Skye said...

So so so happy for you!! I followed my heart and moved to a new state, and I'm here to tell you that it's sooo worth it!! I won't lie, being in a completely new area without having to catch a train/plane back home is overwhelming, but it's fun and exciting and adventurous all at the same time. Good luck, and I wish you all the best!!

alyssa said...

Proud of you for this post, dear. Happy for you, and excited to see you shouting from the rooftops :) Cannot wait to watch your wings spread as you cross the country and jump into your new chapter of life and love. And also, no TJ's in Memphis just gives me an opportunity to return the Twinkie favor. Your wish list, please? ;)

Tracy said...

This is going to be so great. So, so great. I don't really believe there are right or wrong decisions in situations like these, just different ones, and it sounds like this choice is going to set you up for an amazing adventure. Your enthusiasm for such a big (literal and figurative) move is so inspiring!

Helene in Between said...

I am so so excited and proud of you. also i will be VERY close to you over in nashville!! EEE!

MacKensie said...

Cha-cha-cha-chaaaaangesssssss. Glad this news is now public domain. :) Proud of you!!

MakeMeUpMia said...

That is awesome! I'm a huge fan of taking leaps, how exciting :) VERY happy for you friend.

P!nky said...

OH my goodness, yay! Awesome! I support you, this decision and everything else. Happy happy happy for you <3!

Nadine Lynn said...

Oh this makes my heart smile big time :) I took a leap and moved from Atlanta to Birmingham for love. It isn't across the country like you....but I know it is scary and exciting and wonderful! Annnnd you will only be three hours away from me too!!! I wish you the best of luck during your move. It is amazing how much you can purge when you know you have to pack it if you keep it!

Erin LFF said...

How amazing girl!!! You rock and I KNOW this adventure will be freakin' awesome!! Plus, you'll be in the Midwest(ish) and that's where its at!! ;)

Angie Even said...

Your Mama is going to miss you, hard! I love you, Jessi. I am looking forward to all your adventures and happy times!

BLovedBoston said...

That is amazing!! So Happy for you! xo, Biana

Julia said...

Wow, lots of changes, but very exciting ones! So happy for you!

The Rachael Way said...

Girl, sometimes you have to make the BEST DECISION for you, no matter what that feels like. You know I support ya from the other side of the globe! <3

Myra said...
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Myra said...

Oh lovely, so so happy for all the amazing changes coming up in your life! When I saw your picture on IG, I genuinely smiled so big because you look so happy! <3

Liz said...

That is SO exciting!! I wish you all the best on your move/new adventure!!!

Amy's Fashion Blog said...

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Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

kudos to you for listening to your heart. i know it's scary but im sure it will all work out magically and unicorny in the end. i hope you know i'm going to come visit you now. can we visit elvis?

Kay R. said...

Im soooo happy for you (you know Im a sucker for a happy ending). Im just catching up on posts and bummed that Im late to this. Like Im genuinely smiling from ear to ear. This will be magical and great and I am legit way too happy :D