My Journey Back to the "A"

On Saturday, August 19th, I officially made the move back to Atlanta. It was a move that was much needed not only for my professional life but my personal life as well. After graduating from the illustrious Clark Atlanta University in 2013, I returned home to South Carolina, but that summer I was determined to move back to Atlanta. I had a part-time position at a popular jewelry and accessories store and I transferred to a store in the Atlanta area and my friend agreed to let me stay on her couch until I could find a job and get my own place. I moved, went on a few job interviews, which turned out to be unsuccessful and then I ended up quitting my part-time job and found another one at a popular retailer.

However, my friend's lease was coming to an end and so I moved in with my aunt. Here I was in January 2014, broke and feeling defeated. I ended up calling my mom with tears in my eyes and told her that I wanted to move back home. I transferred my job to the one in South Carolina and I continued working there, trying to figure out what the hell I wanted to do with my life. I started a celebrity blog and had some success scoring interviews with artists such as Sevyn Streeter and Tinashe, but this all happened due to having to make frequent trips to Atlanta. I ended up letting it go due to my loss of passion. I began working at a department store in the mall and was ready to make an attempt to move back to Atlanta through my job, but that ending up coming to a halt.

A few days later, I reached out to a friend who was interning at a local magazine and inquired about a position and he invited me to an event that same evening where I met the CEO and office director and I was hired on the following week as the associate managing editor. I then became the managing editor and stayed with the company for two years and some months. As time went on, I felt like I was back at square one as my hunger for fulfilling my dreams were taking over my mind. I left the magazine and told myself that whatever I do from now own was going to benefit my dreams. They say third time's a charm, so with my third attempt, I moved back to Atlanta. With most of my friends in the city and the connections I made from working with the magazine, I felt confident in my decision. This time, I know what I want and I have the courage and support to go after it. I'm excited about this new chapter in my life and I promise this time I am going to do everything to make sure I conquer my dreams.