Goodbye Belgium, I’m moving to San Francisco!

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!

(Did I mention the app is free? DOWNLOAD IT!)


America, I’m so ready for you, GERONIMOOOO!

 

 

  3 comments for “Goodbye Belgium, I’m moving to San Francisco!

  1. February 23, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Good luck with your new job and endeavours in the US.

  2. stefanie
    March 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    good for you! keep us in the loop-awesome story

  3. June 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Great news, Judith, I’m so excited for you and your moving to San Francisco! It’s your right to be happy and when things get unsatisfactory you can’t do nothing but to change things! Wish you all the best there!

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