A New Lease on Life

After four years at my first job ever from college, I have left and moved on. My first job was at a swanky Boston advertising agency known for making award winning ads and a great work place culture. I loved the office, the view was amazing and I made some of the best friends I’ve ever met. I learned so much about the advertising industry and corporate culture, for which I am forever thankful.

Vintage photo from my first month of work, at one of the over the top media functions that occured before the recession...

However, nothing is always sunshine 24/7/365. As the years passed by, friends began to leave me for new opportunities, many moving onto new cities and many others starting a new career, or going back to school. The recession was particularly hard, watching friends get laid off, and the constant stress and fear of being let go lead to many sleepless nights. This constant fear and sadness lead to work feeling like a grind, and after awhile, I began to wonder what work might be like outside of the hallowed halls of my prestigious agency, and not live in constant fear of losing my job.

So after over four years, I left my first job in mid October in favor of going to a much smaller agency. So far, it’s great!

I will miss my time at my last job, but I’m excited for what life will bring with my new venture. Since it’s a smaller office, I’m looking forward to working on multiple different projects and having more client interaction. The office is also known for having a great work life balance, so I’m also looking forward to being able to fit in a days worth of work, AND great work outs!

I’ve also joined a new gym, Boston Athletic Club, so I’m looking forward to utilizing all of their amenities! The gym is quite large, but a few things that I’m interested in are utilizing their: full sized lap pool (HOORAY!), Yoga & Pilates classes, Squash Courts (never played before, so why not?!), spinning and exercise classes. I’m sure I’ll find more things to try as I get into a rhythm at the club, but right now I’m just trying everything out.

On top of the new job, I also made the decision to move to a new apartment! I know, big changes. I moved to a 1 bedroom not too far from the ocean in my favorite neighborhood, South Boston. So far I’m absolutely loving living alone, and I’m looking forward to making it my own and having friends over. My new apartment is also relatively close to the headquarters of the L Street Running Club, which I definitely want to try out! I don’t know anyone personally that runs with them, so I need to muster up the energy to go and be the new kid on the block 🙂

Aside from life, I’ve decided to focus on triathlons in 2011, instead of distance running. I love marathons, but my experience at MCM and then my injury that eventually led to dropping out of the Chicago Marathon, has caused me to feel a bit burnt out on running for longer than an hour. I just want to get the feeling I felt during the 2008 ING New York City Marathon back! I think the perfect solution is a mix of everything, swimming, running and well…I guess cycling too (side note, I TOTALLY suck at cycling and I hate it…I suppose I’ll have to change that)! I have my eye on a few sprint triathlons in the Boston area, and if that goes well, then I’ll try longer distances. But for right now, I just want to get the fire back. I’m hoping that my new job and living situation will help put me in the perfect position to do so. Here’s to hoping!