When I last wrote, I had just moved in with my dear high school friend Fallon (hi Fallon!) in Walnut Creek. Soon after, an awesome studio opened up and I moved to one block from Golden Gate Park in an adorable neighborhood called Cole Valley (SF).
I LOVE San Francisco. During 2014, my boyfriend Patrick moved to NYC (I'll get to that) and we alternate visits at least every 3 weeks. Every time I return home, I fall back in love with SF's fresh air. Compared to NYC, SF is quiet, small (only 7x7 miles), clean, spacious, has warm weather (currently 63F) and is super relaxed (with tech employees wearing jeans/tshirts/flip flops to work and SF residents lounging around our Google powered WIFI parks on weekends).
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My job as a 100% commission recruiter was an adventure for sure. I cleared my Q1 goal (Patrick and I joined the company to Chicago to celebrate), slid in Q2, then more than doubled Q3 for a net ahead of goal achievement. As I was cranking through Q4, I was invited by one of my favorite tech companies to take on their finance/accounting recruiting (plus a handful of smaller departments). After 2 lunches and 3 more visits, I was convinced that the opportunity was an amazing one (which means I'll be moving to Palo Alto, but more on that in 2015)!
I started my new job this month and am loving it! We are now on Winter Break and I've used the slower time to focus on training in order to hit it hard in 2015. Here's a cool article about the company (click pic). We work with exciting customers like the CIA!
So back to Patrick, he graduated with his PhD from Stanford YAAAAAAYYYY!
His beautiful CV lined him right up for a post doc research position with Columbia University's Business School (HOT!) where he is taking on a variety of interesting projects and working towards getting published. I love and miss my boyfriend like crazy but am SOOOOO proud of him and thankful that he also supports me in my career. We look forward to settling down once his post doc is done. Here's us being in love on a recent visit:
I saw my family a few times this year. Here's Thanksgiving at Grammy's:
Miss you brother Josh! (He's on a Mormon mission in Columbus, OH). Also, I can't get enough of my sweet nephews!!!! <3 <3 <3
Last week I flew in for my Papo's memorial service in Utah where I got to hang out with my Joplin cousins (love you guys so much!) Here's a classic Joplin hang out scene:
The crazy one is my sister Dani. Hi Dani!
I love you all so much! Hope you will visit soon!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015!!!!!