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I’ve talked about how 2016 was a difficult year. There was the election, the breakup, and the general malaise of living in an apartment filled with too many memories.

One month ago, I cleared out my old apartment and moved into a summer sublet with 10 boxes, literally no furniture, and no clear vision on what was next. The only thing I was sure about was that I wanted things to be different.

I was sure that I was leaving New Orleans. Things had gotten too expensive and everywhere I looked, I saw reminders of a life that hadn’t worked out quite as I expected.

I was sure that I wanted to get a job. I have the spirit of an entrepreneur and will always have solo projects, but I genuinely missed the camaraderie of working on a larger team.

I knew I wanted to transition into digital marketing. While the majority of my career has been connected to creating things, I was heavily influenced by a new personal interest in metrics, data, and conversion. And I was more than willing to start at the bottom and work my way back up.

So I applied for jobs all across the country. I had a few good leads, but nothing felt quite right.

A funny thing happened though–a chance encounter with two friends turned into an unexpected opportunity. A college friend was leaving New Orleans, opening up a position I thought was impossible to find in New Orleans at a company I had watched for years.

That brings us up to now.

Two weeks ago, I accepted a full-time position as Creative Director at FSC Interactive, a digital marketing company in New Orleans. It’s a huge transition professionally from solo entrepreneur responsible for producing graphic and web design for clients to now managing a team of six incredible content producers. It’s the perfect culmination of 10 years of varying experience.

The best part, though, is that honestly, it’s my dream job.

Here’s my message:

If you feel stuck, make a drastic change.

Let the universe know you’re ready with your actions.

But don’t get stuck on the outcome taking a certain shape.

Opportunity often comes unexpectedly, but you have to be open to receiving it.

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