3.11.2011

Change is Good


The first piece of my little news is that I am leaving my job. It was such a strange feeling to "put my two weeks in" and as much as I loved the company, I was ready for, you guessed it... change!

If you follow me on twitter (@megan_biram) you may have picked up on the second half of the news. But I thought I'd do an "official" announcement. So here goes... as much as I adore my family, cherish my friends, respect my colleagues, and love the cost of living, at the end of this month my husband and I are moving from Kansas City to the DC area! I am so excited!!! I've wanted to move to a larger urban city ever since I can remember.

Do we have a place? Yes. An awesome condo that is literally next to a Whole Foods (my excitement about the proximity to a Whole Foods is a little scary). Will my furniture fit in the condo? No, and I've recently mentioned that I'm wanting to do a clean sweep of my belongings. Partly because I just want less stuff and there is no way our furniture will fit in our little condo, but also because it's just time for new furniture! Do I know anyone in DC? Oh, about five people. All of whom have been so helpful already! Thank you! But I love meeting new people! Have I ever been to DC? Nope, not once. I'm a DC virgin. Wait, does the airport count? What am I going to do? A lot of things. Do I have a job? No official job yet, but I am looking for jobs or contract work in the social media consulting, new media marketing, brand strategy, blogging, design, or events/fashion/interior styling fields, but honestly, I'm open to many different things. And I'll be amping up freelance, contract work, and other creative projects in the meantime. So e-mail me if you have any ideas!

I'm so happy and excited to take on this east coast adventure! New cities give me a crazy adrenaline. I want to dissect them, search every corner for caf├ęs, shops, wine bars, parks, restaurants, yoga studios, historical buildings and interesting architecture, museums, and in DC there is so much to see! Not to mention the proximity to so many other east coast cities anywhere from an hour to a day's drive that will need exploring and frequent visits: Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Virginia Beach, Boston. I hear the Adirondacks are beautiful, and I'm pretty sure I need to drive through New England while the leaves are changing in the fall. I can't sleep because I can't stop thinking about all of the opportunity that awaits, the culture I'll experience, the people I'll meet and the good times I'll be having.

From the quote above, Mark Twain goes on to say, "So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Thanks Mark, I'll do just that.

All DC-area advice, recommendations, and connections welcomed.

*The design above is Volte-Face wallpaper at Fabrics & Papers

41 comments:

JenLynn said...

Congrats on the big changes. I currently live in DC, so welcome to the area.

Lauren said...

Good Morning! I've been following your blog for a while and I've lived in DC since '04. While I'm not sure I'd be tons of help in the finding a job arena (I work for the government), I would love to try to help answer any questions you have. Please feel free to contact me and best of luck to you and your husband in the move!

Katie*Belle said...

Congrats! How great to have new things, places and experiences to look forward to. I hope your adventure is wonderful!

wishful nals said...

my goodness, big changes your way! i quit my job back in september and it has been the scariest and best change. can't wait to see what's in store for you! only great things. xo

Fpandola said...

Best of luck! Change is a good thing!!! Dc is an amazing place and there are so many opportunities.

Melanie said...

Congrats on the move! Buy a SmarTrip card. :)

Dayle said...

Megan, let be the first say bravo and congrats! You know I'm from Baltimore, so I will see you soon. I'm so excited for you and your hubby! You and I have been on a similar journey and I know taking that leap of faith is scary but necessary. You will love DC and you find a job. Just take this time to sit a debrief and relax. Much love sistah!

Erin said...

Holy smokes, this is HUGE!!! Congrats to you, what a giant, exciting step! I know amazing things are waiting for you in DC and I can't wait to read all about them!!!

And Kathleen said...

Congrats, Megan! This is soooo so exciting!

But I need more details - as someone who is currently flirting with the idea of moving I'm curious about the logistics. Did your husband find a job? Aside from the points you listed - what made you decide on DC? Does your husband have a job out there already? When do you move!?

I'm super excited for you! I can't wait to follow along on this new adventure.

With Style and Grace said...

Woo hoo! I'm so excited for you and the adventure that you're about to take - only good things to come! xo

travelkate said...

Sounds exciting, your enthusiasm is contagious! I should follow your advice and get more excited about exploring the new city I just moved to a few months ago :)

Niki McNeill said...

CONGRATS!! Such a brave move - I'm going to be putting in my notice at my "day job" at the end of the month and I CANNOT WAIT.

sarah @ design me daily said...

Congrats on the big move! I am so excited for you and can't wait to read all about it :) I also am planning a big move in the future and it's so inspiring to see it happen for others. Cheers!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

how exciting! that is wonderful news, and you will just love love DC! there is so much to do and see. xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

KC said...

So exciting! I'm sure you are going to find that perfect coffee shop in a matter of minutes! Best of luck :)

Christi said...

Congrats my friend! This has been a long time coming and you deserve an amazing adventure, full of excitment,good things and a fullness that will fill your life up! Much love.

Nag In Chief said...

I'm moving to DC at the end of April! From Seattle! And I totally planned where I'm living so it's close to a Whole Foods too :)

colls said...

Many congrats to you, Megan! I have enjoyed following your blogs and plan to continue as you transfer your inspirational mind. You are extremely talented, and moving into a new city & keeping your mind open will greatly influence the design world. I wish you the best of luck in your new adventure! :) cb

jessie said...

Holy moly! Congratulations! Wayyy excited for you. :)

17 Perth said...

Congrats!!! That is very exciting! I just moved to a new city (in august) and I think you just rejuvenated me with your excitement! : ) Hope it all you want and more.
xoxo

Twelve Chairs said...

Congrats! How exciting for you! When you make your way up to Boston be sure to look us up. We're devoted readers and would love to meet you in person!

Miggy and Roisin

P.S. Teaism in DC is one of my favorite spots, particularly the Dupont location.

Erika Jackson said...

So exciting, Megan!! Congratulations on making a big life decision and I can't wait to follow along your new journey :)

Mrs said...

Felicidades Megan! I know its a big change for you but hopefully it'll be the one to put wind in your sales!

Susan said...

Wonderful news, congrats! I live in Philly and there is so much to discover here, and of course all around! You will love DC!

Megan said...

I grew up about 20 minutes outside of DC, it is a truly amazing place! There is so much to do & see!

colleen [there comes a yes] said...

Congrats on your move! I just moved out of DC after living there for 2.5 years, also a Midwestern transplant.

I never fell in love with the city, but if you haven't started reading it already, DCist is a really great resource for finding things to do and just keeping up on city news.

the jealous curator (danielle) said...

congratulations megan!!! i just got back from dc and it's amazing. the architecture is gorgeous, and you're right... so much to see and do! have fun exploring the wine bars and yoga studios (but maybe not in that order!)
d xo

Miss Walker said...

I am really excited for you! I live by the saying 'i'd rather regret what I did do than what I did'nt'...so live on the wild side, take risks and always, always, always dance like nobody is watching! Good luck with the move, wishing you nothing but the best! Miss Walker xoxo

Tina said...

Congratulations! I'm glad to hear you're excited. I don't know much about DC (only went once when I was 9), but I live in KC and might be able to take some furniture off of your hands - we're currently dresser shopping!

the joneses said...

I'm so excited for you, Megan! And because of all of my extra mom hormones I cried a little in excitement for you.

Can't wait to keep on your adventures and findings in your new city.

Love,
Kristyn

Jeanee said...

Wow... you said DC was coming. But it's already here!

A M A Z I N G !

I'll see you on the Internets!

Natasha said...

This is such big news!! Congratulations... we met at ALT and I've been meaning to get in touch. You were such a ray of sunshine there I have to say. It was so great meeting you. I think you will love DC -- I've lived there several times and always had such a good time there. Good luck with the move!

jaclyn @ thelateafternoon said...

congrats on change - here's to new experiences, places, and people! that quote is so true!

Lindsey said...

I live in DC and LOVE it! It's such a nice manageable city but still with lots going on. Enjoy!

Sara said...

Congrats! I can't wait to follow along! DC is great I have visited a couple times but have been wanting to go back.

Kelly Ferraro said...

Love this post! We look forward to having you!

Megan (MIMI+MEG) said...

Thanks for all the love everyone!!!

Kathleen, we are going there because my husband is attending a graduate school there. We are both looking for jobs and move at the end of March!

DC ladies, thanks for the tips and we should have a little meetup!

Other New Englanders & NYC ladies, I'll be visiting your hoods at some point in the next few years!

Kristyn, I love your mom hormones! I'm learning the crying thing is totally normal for new moms :) Love how I know what's going on through your blog! So sorry to hear about all you went through but super happy for you!

Thanks again for all of your wonderful comments & encouraging words. I'm beyond excited

Kat said...

Congrats on the big move! I love DC but Richmond is where it's at. You must visit! You'll really love it. It's only an hr and a half away :)

Lindsay said...

Congrats! Looking forward to having another blogger in the area! xo

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

Congrats! Really exciting news. I'm gonna be doing a similar thing soon so I can definitely find inspiration in this :)

xx Cristina

Heidi said...

Slowly, but surely you're coming back to my coast. I'm so for you and C.

The close proximity to Whole Foods is awesome for two reasons: good groceries and a high-speed Internet cafe.

Did you know Ricci and her hubby might be moving to DC at the EXACT SAME TIME AS YOU?? She told me this last night and it just about blew my mind.

I was like, "What the christ is going on in DC?"

Joe said, "It's a happenin' place to be."

I said, "Can we move there?"

I can't wait for our next phone convo.

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