It was so hard to keep my mouth shut, but now that my visum got approved, I can finally make it official.. I am moving to California!
I wanted to fly, so I left the nest
In August I realized I was no longer happy with my job and with the city I lived it. So I sat down with myself, took a cup of coffee and thought of what to do next. I had been paralyzed by fear to make a drastic and stupid decision, but I could no longer deal with being unhappy. I knew I needed a serious kick under the butt if I wanted to make changes and start looking for the things that would make me happy. So I grabbed all my courage and did what I had never done before: I sat down with my boss and told him I would be leaving by the end of 2014.
Since not a job, not a city, not a boyfriend (au contraire) etc was keeping me in Belgium, I decided to take a shot in America. I mean: what was stopping me? I realized that I wasn’t going to be young forever and now was the perfect time to step out of my comfort zone that goes by the name of ‘Europe’.
They told me I couldn’t, so I did
One night I was -once again- sitting behind my computer, to look for a job in America. I thought it was a good idea to post my jobhunt on a Facebook group of Belgian citizens in the US. People from the Netherlands had been very helpful before, so I had good hopes Belgians would even be more helpful. I wrote about my plan and hit the ‘send’ button. Immediately people started to answer. The reactions ranged from ‘being crazy to believe I was going to succeed’ to ‘you better get married’. I was shocked by the negativity and closed my computer. I took a deep breath and realized this typical negative Belgian attitude was exactly the reason I wanted to leave the country.
People often say I am stubborn. It’s always perceived as something negative, but sometimes my stubbornness comes in very handy. I was so pissed off for the reactions I’ve got on Facebook, that I was even more determined to prove I was going to succeed. And so I did.
I wanted to work for a start-up, so I am joining the most awesome one in San Francisco
I got in touch with the founders of Addapp, a start-up that is building a health application. I was fascinated by the potential the company had and I guess they were fascinated by the potential I had, because they hired me.
I am joining their young and enthusiastic team. They are spread over the globe, but I am joining forces with the people in San Francisco. Together with them I’ll market and build a community around their amazing application. An application that provides insights in your well-being by combining and correlating data from other tracking apps like Runkeeper, MapMyRun, Swarm, Facebook and a lot of other services. Sounds complicated but fascinating? True! It’s awesomesauce!
Apple Watch? Jawbone? Fitbit? I’ll be right in the middle of the upcoming wearable market and I couldn’t be more excited: I can finally combine my love for marketing and technology in one job, right from the place where so many things are buzzing: San Francisco!
America, I’m so ready for you, GERONIMOOOO!