GatorUptown, 2018 Edition

It’s a new year, and I’m excited (and relieved) to announce some big changes in 2018. I’m also, quite frankly, terrified.

I’ll start with the biggest change first: leaving New York.

It’s amazing to me that we’ve lived here more than six years. I’ve been in this city, and indeed in this very apartment, longer than anyplace I’ve lived continuously since I moved out of my childhood home at 18. I love this city, and I absolutely adore our home here, and I’m miserable about leaving.

Having said that, I’m also struggling with a bit of wanderlust. As I said, this is the longest I’ve gone without a fresh start since my childhood. I’m not excited about leaving, but I am excited (and anxious, and apprehensive) about the opportunity to start over again and rebuild.

You might be wondering where I’m off to… Longtime friends and readers are probably making one of two guesses: Italy, or Central Florida. The reality is a little more complex than my frequent ramblings about both places, however.

Yes, it’s Florida. But no, this isn’t a move “back home” in the Cocoa Beach area, where family and lifelong friends live. I’m actually going about two hours’ drive south of there. Precise details TBD, but likely somewhere in between West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, on the Atlantic side. This means I’ll be in “occasional weekend road trip” distance, but not close enough for weekly visits.

This, of course, leads to the big question of why I would leave a place I love, to go live somewhere I’ve never spent any time in. And it’s a pretty compelling reason: I’ve been offered a full time faculty position at a university in Boca Raton, starting later this year.

I’m kind of freaking out.

I’ll probably ramble more, later, about this job and why it’s such an amazing fit for me. For now, let me just say that it’s an Associate Professor position (which is a big deal; ask me if you’re curious why that is) at a teaching-focused university (also a big deal, in my specific circumstances). I’ll be helping them build out HR degree programs at both the undergraduate (bachelor) and graduate (master) levels, and teaching in those programs and their existing Business and Management programs.

In a truly bizarre coincidence, two days after I got the job offer (while we were still mulling it over) Sal was down in West Palm Beach opening up a new gallery with his own employer. He still has to work out the details with both the NY and FL groups, but it looks like he should be able to transfer down… It’s encouraging that he gets to continue to grow with an amazing company, and that there are opportunities for both of us down there. It also means we’re focusing our search for a new home somewhere in between the two jobs.

What does this mean for our plans to start a family? What about our schemes to move to Italy? When does all this happen? All this, and more, in future posts over the coming weeks and months… for now, though, I’m excited to say that 2018 has some big opportunities coming, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.

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