Because Apparently, I Start to Get Itchy When There’s No Turmoil In My Life

by Rachael on April 5, 2013 · 66 comments

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Almost exactly a year ago, I packed all my worldly possessions and flew across the country (BTW, my favorite new flight search tool = flighthub. Get on it!), accompanied by a loudly protesting feline. We moved to a city I’d only ever spent a few hours in, to live with strangers I’d found on Craigslist, and start a new job at one of the world’s coolest companies. I had Twitter friends, and friends-of-friends, but essentially, I was on my own. (Well, except for that yowling cat.)

I’ve never been one to shy away from change; if anything, I search it out and crave it. If things aren’t changing, I feel like I’m stuck, or stagnant. Or the ultimate sin in my eyes - boring.

So, if you think about it, it actually makes perfect sense that I’ve decided to leave the security of corporate Americana for the scrappy, insanely busy lifestyle of a lean little startup.

Adobe has been an incredible ride. I’ve worked on social for some of the world’s biggest brands, while learning from brilliant teammates, colleagues and the world’s best manager. And best of all, we had a ton of fun while doing it. (God, I will miss our Skype chats full of videos of animals doing and wearing silly things they have no right to be doing or wearing. It’s incredible for team morale.)

But the opportunity presented to me is one I simply can’t pass up. The chance to lead my own community team and head up social for one of the nation’s most exciting companies; a business that’s not only part of the “share economy” I so love, but actively revolutionizing the transportation industry? Sign me up, please.

April 15th will be a very good day this year. A) Because my taxes are already done, and B) because that’s the day I’ll start my work as Sidecar‘s National Social Media Manager, where I’ll be focused on growing our amazing national rideshare community by leading a team of 8 community managers spread out across the nation, all charged with telling the SideCar story in their home city.


 

Dream job FTW.

So that’s me! What are your big life changes? I need to get back into the blogger-ly world – in the year that I’ve been here, I’ve focused solely on exploring the new (enchanting) city around me and developing my new relationships; I feel like it’s time to get back into e-world as well.

So *sips my wine* - what’s new with you??


Update: We’re hiring like crazy as we expand – check out the openings here and we could be coworkers (squeeee)!!!!

{ 66 comments }

1 Lainey April 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

I am SO excited for you/proud of you/happy in my heart space! xoxoxo.

2 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Thank you!! <3

3 Julie April 5, 2013 at 8:01 am

YAY FOR DREAM JOBS! I am so proud of you! I have always known that big things were on the horizon for you and I’m sure this is only the beginning. Congrats on taking this leap – we are rooting for you!

4 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Thanks so much! It’s awesome to know the community is still out there, even when we take a little break. :)

5 Akirah April 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

Congrats on the big change! I have some big changes coming up too. I’m graduating with my Master’s this month. Yahoo!

P.S. I get itchy when there’s no change in my life too.

6 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

HELL YEAH, lady! Congrats, that is huge! You better be throwing a bombass party.

7 Shana Glickfield April 5, 2013 at 8:09 am

Well, I’d hope the punchline was you’re moving back to to DC, but…. ;-)
Congrats!! Sidecar is lucky to have you!

8 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Hahaha, not yet ;) But I will be back for a bit in June! We should try to grab a drink

9 Amy April 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

What exciting news! It’s been so fun to watch your journey over the years, especially this last one with your big move. What an amazing experience at Adobe and I know you’re going to be perfect fot SideCar (BTW what an awesome gig!) I’m so glad you’re starting to share more of your story here. I’m definitely along for the ride, doll! P.S. We should Skype sooon!

10 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Thank you, and YES we have a hot Skype date on Friday!! Can’t wait to see your lovely face :)

11 Jessica Murray April 5, 2013 at 8:12 am

AWESOME, Rachael!! I’ve got a great Sidecar story for you from SXSW, they pretty much saved my life. It was the night of the monsoon, unending rain for like 4+ hours and I was stranded at a house party miles from downtown. I caught the LAST Sidecar of the night at nearly 4AM and avoided all the awful rain and made it home nice and safely.

I totally respect your hunger for change, I’m the same way. It keeps you sharp and living with no regrets.

Excited to see what Sidecar does in/around Chicagoland and of course, call on me if I can ever help.

xoxo
Jess

12 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Well isn’t that just the BEST. Their amazing presence at SXSW was a big reason I couldn’t turn down the job, they absolutely killed it! Definitely get in touch with Lisa @SideCarCHI, she’s the best and I know she’d love to support the WOMMA conference.

13 Mattie April 5, 2013 at 8:18 am

CONGRATULATIONS! So insanely exciting!! It’s incredible what all can change in just one year, isn’t it?

14 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Fact. I’ve stopped planning my life any further than a month or two, because I’ve learned there’s no point, haha.

15 Sam April 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

SO exciting! Congrats on the new gig!

16 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Thank you thank you!

17 nora April 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

Congrats! So excited for you =)
I had two years of change so I’m good with none for a bit, but I am sure that Life has other plans for me on the change front. I’m ok with that so long as there is wine within reaching distance!

18 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

That sounds just lovely too, especially after going through so much change. And I’m 100% with you on the wine! <3

19 Nona April 5, 2013 at 8:27 am

Congratulations on the new job! I am excited for you.

20 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Thank you! Me too :)

21 Edwin April 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

That is so awesome ! Congrats on the new job !

22 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Thanks, Edwin!

23 allison April 5, 2013 at 8:39 am

You freaking go my californian friend!!!! And I look forward to reading my hilarious stories and adventures from you

24 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Hopefully there will be many to come! Thanks lady :)

25 ListenToLeon April 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

Congratulations Rachael!!!

26 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Thank you!! How are things back east?

27 suki April 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

sweeeeet – does that mean I have an insider connection to making the driver app better? :p

28 Rachael April 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

Yes, definitely! Send me any and all feedback and I’ll take it straight to the engineers :)

29 middlechild April 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

Packing up and moving across the country not knowing much about it? I have always wished I had the balls to do that. In my case I would see it as a chance to get away from…..and whatever I want to get away from would surely follow me there. I am excitited for you!

30 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

A cross-country move always has at least a *tiny* bit of escapism involved… nothing wrong with that ;)

31 Gina April 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

Yay! Congrats on the new job, lady! Movin’ on up in the world. ;)

32 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Thank you thank you!

33 Lauren Schultz April 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

Cheers to you, Rachael! What a better time for new beginning than Spring! I wish you the best. If Sidecar has career opportunities in Columbus OH or Denver– let me know! :)

34 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I will *definitely* let you know – we’re moving fast, I could see Denver on the horizon soon!

35 nonsequiturchica April 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

Congrats on your new job!!

36 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Thanks!

37 Lauren April 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

I am truly so happy for you, Rach! The Community team here at Adobe won’t be the same without you, but I 100% support you and your drive for change and to always be moving forward. It’s been an incredible year and we couldn’t be where we are now without you! Can’t wait for this new experience to take off and for us to have longgggg chats about management over glasses of wine and copious amounts of cheese (on a Paleo cheat day, of course).

Hugs, and I know you’re going to ROCK IT.

38 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

God I miss you. We need one of these wine nights, STAT. <3 <3 <3

39 Lacey Bean April 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

So awesome – congrats!!

40 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Thank you lovely lady! Try it out next time you’re in NYC or Brooklyn :)

41 Peter April 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Very exciting! Congratulations, lady!

42 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Thx!

43 kelly April 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm

CONGRATS!! Also, hi I got that job at Bleacher Report and work in SF every day now and I’m moving in the next month so yeah let’s hang out.

44 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

YES I LOVE THAT PLAN. Let’s do it!!

45 GG April 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Sweet congrats! Switching $hit up FTW!

46 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

You know it!! #missyouguys

47 Jessica Malnik April 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Congrats! I can’t wait to see all the awesomeness you bring to Sidecar! :)

48 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Thanks so much, lady! We’re in Austin, check us out :)

49 Sean April 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Congrats on the new position! There was just something about Sidecar in today’s Washington Post Express. Here’s the link (if you didn’t already see it) – http://www.readexpress.com/2013/04/up-for-cabs/

50 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Thank you!! Such a great piece. We really are like slugging via app!

51 spleeness April 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

*swirls glass* Woohoo!! I love how you take us for a ride on your blog too, it’s like you signed up for a virtual sidecar whenever you start writing. Congratulations!

52 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Hahaha I love that!! And thank you lady :)

53 e3writing April 8, 2013 at 5:30 am

SO EXCITED FOR YOU!

Let me know if you decide to expand to your northern Canuck neighbours :) Or if you’re looking for remote support!

54 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Oh, you know I will!!

55 katelin April 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

eee that is awesome! congrats lady! xo

56 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Thank youuu!

57 Jenn Pedde April 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Congrats Rachel!!! This sounds so exciting and I can’t wait to hear more amazing things from you and SideCar!!

58 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm

You will hear plenty of ‘em! Try them out next time you’re out, and let me know if you have an event you want us to support with rides :) I’ll put you in touch with our CM out there.

59 Foggy Dew April 9, 2013 at 4:47 am

I guess the good ones keep getting better, eh? Best of luck in the new gig.

As a sidenote, it’s strange to read down the list of Lilu commenters and not recognize any of the names. I’ve been away from this for too long…

60 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm

You and me both, friend. ;)

61 hillary April 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

Congrats on the new job and main squeeze!! I am so happy you’re back to blogging, as you were the first blog I got hooked on, and remain my favorite. Please keep it up the regular, homegirl! cheeeers

62 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Well thank you lady, that’s so nice to hear!! I’ll do my best to keep posting <3

63 ClevelandPoet April 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

awesome sauce! I’m in the process of self publishing a book of poetry/setting up some readings at Art Galleries around here. Plus actually started the process of getting our theatre company up and running. Congrats to you!

64 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

That is bad ass, well done you!! Oh how far we’ve come. :)

65 Liz Murphy April 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Congrats, Rachael! That’s really exciting!

On our homefront, Patrick and I are moving onto Annapolis, and I have a new gig out at National Harbor, overlooking the Potomac.

It’s pretty awesome. :)

66 Rachael April 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Congrats to you as well, that sounds just lovely.

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