Heading East

It seems like it wasn’t all that long ago that I was writing about big changes…saying goodbye to the life I’d built in San Francisco, packing up my car and moving across the country to Ohio! Now, a little over a year later, just as I feel like I’m hitting my stride here in Cleveland, change is on the horizon again. Avi and I recently found out that we'll be moving to Providence, Rhode Island this summer, where he’ll begin his medical residency at Brown.

In the wake of these recent events, a friend said to me, “Man plans, God laughs.” How true! Always a planner and wanting to know what’s next, I find venturing into the unknown to be less exciting, more stressful. I do well with routine and consistency and thrive off a syllabus or a training plan. So as Avi and I embark on our upcoming East Coast adventure, it’s with a bit of trepidation on my part.

However, if working at a startup has taught me anything, it’s that hardly anything ever goes as planned – your thoughtfully-scheduled day often goes off the rails at 10 am. To succeed in the fast-paced startup world, you must be flexible, nimble, and approach challenges (there will be many!) with a smile. So now that I’ve had some time to let this big change sink in, my tearful, trembling frown has turned upside down, and I’m excited for this next chapter. 

What exactly does this next chapter entail? We pack up our house in Cleveland and find a place to live in Providence. A 2-bedroom place is a must since I’ll need an office – I’m very thankful that I’ll be continuing in my role as Program Manager at MOVABLE, just working remotely. We’ll drive to Rhode Island (cross your fingers that my trusty 1999 Subaru Impreza can survive another long road trip!) and settle into our first home as a married couple (oh yeah, in the middle of all this craziness we’re getting married!). It’s sure to be a busy next few months!

Throughout all this I’ll be trying to run fast. The goal of this season is to qualify for USA Outdoor Nationals in Sacramento in June and race well in front of the hometown crowd. With all that I’ve got going on right now, this at times feels like a lofty goal, but then I remind myself that busy people run fast all the time! Heck, my teammate Annie Bersagel just ran the 11th fastest half-marathon by an American woman EVER (1:10:10), all while working as a full-time lawyer! It CAN be done!

So here’s to Annie – a true inspiration! – and to a busy but exciting next 3 months!