So, I have some rather crazy news.
I'm leaving San Francisco at the end of July and moving to Philadelphia.
Absurd, right? That's what I thought six months ago when I was approached by Anthropologie about a possible position at their headquarters. I've always loved Anthropologie, ever since I first got my hands on one of their impossibly pretty catalogs when I was a yearning teenager, and I was incredibly flattered that they liked Fancy Fine enough to reach out. But it didn't occur to me at first that I could ever leave this city, my beautiful home, and move across the country for a career. Until it did occur to me, and I accepted the position of Web Visual Experience Manager after visiting the headquarters and falling in love and seeing a place for myself there. How could I say no to that kind of adventure?
I have lived in San Francisco for a decade now, after moving here aged eighteen to attend the San Francisco Art Institute and carve a little corner for myself in the city of my dreams. I have met many wonderful, silly, talented and loving people who I am proud to call my friends. My heart breaks a little bit more every time I think about not being here anymore. I will be leaving behind my handsome man, my family, my friends, and my sweet mint green bedroom... an entire life that I have spent years building.
But I think I'm ready. I am beyond excited about the opportunity to work for a company with such a strong identity. I'm excited to actually begin my career and be part of a team, something I have been lacking while being my own boss. I'm excited to explore a city that is entirely new to me. San Francisco had me for ten years, and now it's Philly's turn for a bit of karaoke-singing, vintage-wearing fanciness.
Cross your fingers for me!