It's slowly been floating around my social networks that I'm planning to move back to Cali in early 2011, after my original post about this in August. I truly appreciate everyone's concern and helpfulness through this complicated process. So I thought I should update you all on my thought processes and plans so far.
It's looking like January will be my last month in New York City as a resident. I will probably finish up my projects at Global Kids in early January, and then spend the rest of the month packing my stuff, selling and giving away a lot of things hopefully, and shipping the most essentials (books, clothes, cat) to the Bay Area.
I'm thinking about renting a van and doing a roadtrip across the country with the few things that won't ship well (framed photos and artwork, the bike, computer gear.) It sounds like fun and a challenge — something I've never done before and feel like I should do at some point in my life. There's so much of America I know almost nothing about, which seems kind of wrong.
I'm a bit intimidated with the logistics of a long car trip to be honest. Having a traveling companion will be super helpful for many big and small reasons (sharing the driving, navigation, not going stir crazy talking to myself…). So if you are interested in coming for all or part of the roadtrip, I'm happy to help compensate you for your time — perhaps flying you back home if the flight isn't too expensive. Be in touch if you are interested.
In terms of other plans, I'm also hoping to do in early 2011 a trip to the Philippines to do some snorkeling in the Southern region. For those that don't know, the Philippines has some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world, which unfortunately are in constant danger of being destroyed due to pollution and destructive fishing practices. I'm looking for a traveling companion to come with me who is interested in some fairly adventurous travelling for a couple of weeks: snorkeling, kayaking, camping, balut-eating, etc.
As to the overall transition, I'm feeling at peace about the whole thing, like this is the right time in my life to be doing this move. I'm looking forward to planning and experimenting with what I want to be doing in this phase of my life. And just have a bit of breathing room, time with family and friends, in a familiar setting, seems like something I really could use.
So no, I don't have any employment lined up yet in the Bay Area. This is definitely not the ideal time to be out of work. But I'm not looking to jump into any major commitments immediately. If you do have contacts or suggestions for positions in the Bay you think I'd like, please send them my way.
My time left in New York is running out so fast! There's a bunch left to do here, and people to spend time with. I'm thinking about what I want to do as my final farewell to New York party in January. Dancing and good food will of course need to be the primary activities.
But first things first: who's down for a roadtrip?