A lot has happened since I wrote my last post. I got a new job at the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Although the interview process went on for a couple of months, everything happened very fast after I accepted the position. Within a matter of weeks, I sold all of my furniture, packed and shipped my belongings, and hopped on a plane to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles skyline at sunset with Griffith Observatory in the forefrontMoving to California had always been on my mind after my sister and parents relocated to the West Coast. I had visited Los Angeles several times as my boyfriend’s family is originally from Orange County, but had never really thought about what it would be like to live and work in the area.

It has been a few months now and I’m still getting used to driving and the urban sprawl, but I’m finally starting to settle into a routine. One thing I’m hoping to work on this year, in addition to my physical and financial wellness, is building a network in Los Angeles. My hope is that networking will not only help me professionally, but also personally as it has definitely been a challenge adapting to life in California.

Some of the things I’ve been doing to build my network include reaching out to connections on LinkedIn, setting up coffee dates with other nonprofit professionals, arts administrators, and marketers, as well as looking into events to attend through General Assembly, industry trade groups and more. I’ve also started researching places to volunteer in the community and most recently signed up for a 6-week CrossFit challenge. That last one might not seem related, but you never know who you’ll meet when you make the effort to get out of your house!

Although I was terrified to move across the country and start a whole new life, I’m excited to see what the new year will bring and hope that, if you live in the area, we can connect soon. Happy new year!

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