By: Dana Zillgitt, Regular Contributor
Moving is an ordeal. I’m currently in the process of moving from the comforts of family and friends in Los Angeles to a whole new world of deep dish pizza and Cubby baseball in Chicago, IL. I’m doing all of this for a new job. I think I’m taking a step in the right direction and hopefully not into a toxic work environment. As terrified as I am to be breaking a lease and picking up just to start all over, I’m more nervously excited. There’s a herd of butterflies in my stomach and a stampede of delight in my hair right now. I’m ecstatic that I’m doing something for myself and joining an industry I’m intrigued by and a subset I’m obsessed with. But moving still sucks. I think my hair is falling out or turning gray, I’ll be in a car driving for what’ll surely feel endless, and my rear will certainly fall asleep at least a few times. But I’m doing it anyways.
I’m going to be working for a review site you’ve heard of and probably have checked on a regular basis, and I’m stoked that I’ll be somewhat putting my degree to use. But that being said, picking up and starting again comes with its own set of skeletons.
I finally had a good group of friends in the City of Angels, and I had a regular routine: hiking on Saturday, kickboxing on Sunday, and work during the week. I would check social media and volunteer at causes sporadically during the month, and, of course, I would write for IATG bi-monthly. I had it down pack. But now, with moving to the Windy City, I’ll have to start all over and make a new routine. And in a way, it’s exhilarating.
To say that this is something I’m doing for myself doesn’t even begin to cover the emotions I’m feeling. And even with the added stress of having to move half way across the country, I’m not afraid. I’m throwing my back to the wind and my face towards the sun. I’m embracing this step forward; this move in the right direction. And, I’m taking in this adventure while I can. Because, after all, you only live once.
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Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander
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