The big news this past week is that I am moving back to Oregon! Portland area will be my new stomping grounds come February. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little scared and nervous. I have wanted this for so long, now that it is happening it is hard to wrap my brain around it.
Why are we moving to Portland?
My husband got a promotion at work and we are off and running, so to speak. With his job starting in February, we only have a little time to wrap things up here in Ukiah before heading North.
The tough part for me is that I was finally really building a bit of a name for myself for training in Ukiah and growing local classes and programs at the gym. My client base was right where I wanted it and I have clients I absolutely love and I will absolutely miss. But this is going to be a good change and in the long run, so much better for my career. It’s so good to start things fresh.
The big change
Change is hard. It’s vital to survival, and in the end, I think this is the best move for me career-wise. But in the moment it is hard and a little scary. My big dream has always been to work for Nike in Oregon. Beaverton, to be precise. The most terrifying part of this whole move is that I am worried that my dream, since I was in grade school, won’t be realized. Hopefully my fears are unfounded, but it can be tough to leave a sure thing for something better when there is no clear path to get there.
Life has been a strange roller coaster the last few years, with a lot of highs and a few lows. I’ve built something I’m proud of at the gym. I have had a few incredible Nike experiences (Zoom Project & Chicago). I’ve expanded my running and training business. I’ve traveled. But there is always that one, looming Nike dream.
I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I had the desire to work for Nike. But I do know that at one point in grade school I wrote it down on a piece of paper as a goal and that goal followed me through high school, college and now, a few years into my career. If I don’t put everything I have into achieving it, then everything up to now wasn’t worth it.
Go For It
So my motto right now is to GO FOR IT! They say not to put all your eggs in one basket…but in this case I’m putting all of my career dreams on that Nike job and hoping that my passion and work ethic shows up well on my resume. You have to work for your dreams and you have to believe in yourself. I embrace both.
In the spirit of my Swoosh dreams, I am going to Just Do It!