Thanks, Obama (A Retrospective on my Life in DC)

Thanks, Obama (A Retrospective on my Life in DC)

Today is my last day in Washington and to really reflect, to give a sense of scale of what this place has meant to me, I have to go way back to the beginning. 

Six years ago, I packed my Ford Explorer and my dog and moved to a part of the country where I knew literally nobody.  I didn’t even have a place to live. When I got here, I spent 3 weeks sleeping on a massage table in a back, windowless room in the basement apartment of a house in rural, like... RURAL Virginia. 

An Announcement

After 5 years working in DC media, I am pleased to announce that I have accepted a position with Lonely Planet where I will be managing advertising product development and strategy. 

Lonely Planet is an incredible brand focused on experiencing the world, and I am unbelievably excited for this shift in focus from political advocacy solutions to one that focuses on wonder and experiences. Professionally, the possibilities are endless and exhilarating. Personally, I have gone on more than a few “hey, I have this harebrained idea…. do you want to go with me to _____ next month?” trips with various friends and family, and I can’t wait for this next chapter of my life to have a greater focus on seeing the world.

What makes this even better, is that Lonely Planet is headquartered just outside of Nashville, so I will be moving back home in July! 

More to come on this blog as I reflect back on my time in DC, and as I look forward to the future, so stay tuned.  

World War II - a snippet from my grandfather's memoir

World War II - a snippet from my grandfather's memoir

My grandfather was drafted for the Army in 1943, eventually becoming a sergeant in the Battle of the Bulge. Years later, he sat down to write a memoir of his life on an old typewriter - something that I have come to appreciate, because I see a lot of myself in his words. I thought on this Memorial Day, I would transcribe some of his words about his time in the Army, fighting the Germans in World War II.