(but not without a few travels beforehand, of course...)
In the fall of 2017, I was hell-bent on moving back to Paris. Once winter set in, my eyes were set on Los Angeles. After a spring trip to Nashville, I considered starting a new life and career in Music City. In between all of these options, New York City sat quietly in the back of my mind.
I don’t see New York as the sparkly, shimmery, where-dreams-are-made-of city as I once did from the small, quiet Maine village I grew up in, but that doesn’t dull my love for the fast-paced, inspiring, and promising place I currently hope it will be. I’ve had weekends here and there discovering small sections of the city. I follow photographers and influencers as they document the streets and what’s trending, and I’m convinced that it’s the best next step in my career.
But as exciting as it is, it’s also bittersweet.
Much to the chagrin of many Islanders, I proudly claim that Martha’s Vineyard is my home. I grew up on the fun, packed little Island. No, I didn’t go through the school system. No, I didn’t step foot on the Island during the winter season until I was out of college. But the Island is home to all of my best childhood memories. It’s where my family gathered and bonded and we were taught the value of friendship, work ethic, and a whole lot of sunscreen.
I’m so proud to have worked at the Vineyard Gazette – first as a summer intern, followed by a Marketing and Events position created to fill a void the company realized it had upon my departure as an intern. I’ll miss the loud hum of the Goss Printer as it prints the weekly paper, in which I can see the ads that I co-created with the production team. I’ll miss organizing the annual events that are no easy feat, but highly rewarding when attendees are seen with smiles on their faces or posing in front of a step & repeat. But, most of all, I’ll miss the people. When you live on an Island that is all but deserted in comparison to the in-season months, colleagues become friends become family.
I don’t yet have a new career lined up, but I’m hopeful and confident that with my experiences and skillset I will land a position at a company whose goals and mission I believe in. That values the same things I do. That encourages an environment where everyone can thrive and is always working to do better and be better. What will that be? We'll figure it out... it's about the journey, anyway, isn't it?