Thursday, April 15, 2010

It's Official

I'm moving to the East Coast this summer.

The plan is: mid-June road trip across America.  Visit & stay with friends, see places I've never seen (like the Grand Canyon - what! I know!), and enjoy a windows down, music up, singing to the sky road trip.  Arrive in North Carolina just in time for my friend's wedding in August, then drive up to my Mom's house in Virginia.  She's offered to let me live with her for a year while I save money, pay off debt, and figure out my next step.

I know how it sounds - I'm 28 (will be 29 by the time I move), broke, single, moving back in with my mom.  Pathetic right?  And it would be if I HAD to do it, or if I was just too lazy to do anything else.  But I'm choosing to do this.  It will be good to be near my family (it's been a long time) and great to save some money; it'll be a perfect jumping-off point for whatever's next.  I've been going through a dirty, duuuuurrty quarterlife crisis the last year and a half, and I've come to the conclusion that what I thought I wanted is not, in fact, what I want (or what I've ever wanted - just what I thought I should want) and therefore I can go anywhere; LA has no hold on me.

Besides my friends, which is a whole other weepy, gonna-miss-you-so-much story that I'd rather not get into right now.

If I stay here, yes, I'm staying with people who love me and inspire me and have picked me up every terrible time I've fallen down (sigh), but I'm also staying in a place that has disappointed me, given me heartbreak and uncertainty, and holds memories and anxieties that have held me down for way too long.  It's time to make a fresh start.  It's time to write the next chapter of my life.

I plan to get back into theatre.  Working the Awesome Festival in Perth reminded me how much I love live theatre, in every capacity, not just acting, and made me realize I'd like to be somewhere it's more respected, not just treated as the bastard step-child of film.  There are some amazing theatre companies in VA and DC, and I have connections to at least one theatre festival on the east coast.

I plan to travel the world.  Saving on rent is gonna make that way more possible.

I plan to sort out what I want to do next.  New city?  New country?  Grad school?  The more I think about it, the more I feel that there's a way to balance my nesting instinct with my wanderlust and that this is the first step.
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 And don't y'all worry, I plan to write.  And write and write - you'll be included every step of the journey.  I'm sorry I haven't been great about it recently; I wasn't ready to make this official yet & that's what I was working through.

It's going to be a huge change, and it's gonna be sad.  But I'm excited.  It's time for a new adventure.

Today I am so grateful and happy for:
~ a simple, relaxing visit from my best friend
~ my roommates supporting my decision & having a good plan for when I leave
~ the next big thing to look forward to

xo! n.


  1. um, it sounds like you are going to be soooooooooooooo close to me that you know i am going to try to sweep you off your feet with all the charm nyc can muster and try to make you my gypsy cupcake roommate. holy. canoly.

  2. this doesn't sound pathetic at all! you're being smart and saving money and getting ready for some amazing adventure around the corner, it's going to be really exciting! :)

  3. If you're passing through Texas (and really, your other options are Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas) and have an interest in seeing Austin, let me know. It would be cool to catch up and get Australia tips.

  4. I'm just drawing you gradually closer to me with my Nikmagnet. Watch out if you go swimming in the Atlantic...that's one powerful magnet!

  5. Nikki, When you get into town come straight to our house; the pool will be open, the grill hot and the beer & wine cold. Looking forward to seeing you. Bob & Jayne

  6. I second Jessica - come to New York! We have cookies and tunnels and history and real theatre and music everywhere and no more sitting in traffic and spending a half hour finding parking.

  7. thanks everyone for your awesome support!

    Jess & Colter - I will totally be taking you up on that, at least for a visit or five. :)

    Victor - I AM planning on seeing Austin & will let you know...

    Lydia - one of these days we'll be in the same state (at least continent) again!

    Bob - I'll totally be taking advantage of your pool as often as you'll let me! ;)

    Kelly Ann - thank you & you're totally right! I'm excited!

    x's and o's to you all!


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