For the past few months I’ve been tossing and turning over the idea of moving back to the States. As much as I’ve grown to love New Zealand, it’s not my home and I miss my friends, my family and the ability to travel the world without spending all my savings and all my annual leave. (New Zealand is very, very far from, um, everywhere.)
Finally, after months of freaking out over what I was going to do with my life, I decided to just make a decision and go. Without a plan, I figured I would road trip across America for a year until I found my ‘dream job in my dream city.’
The next day – decision made no matter what happened – I saw CouchSurfing had posted an opening for a Social Media Manager.
So I made this:
Two weeks later and I’m booked on a flight to San Francisco to join the CouchSurfing team.
Yup. Writing that was just as heart-poundingly exciting as I thought it was going to be.
I’m moving to San Francisco to work for my dream company doing my dream job in a city I’ve wanted to live in since I first visited at age 18.
My CouchSurfing Story: The Abridged Version
You guys were with me when I subsequently discovered the CS community in Auckland. When I made fast friends and did everything from hike the Tongariro crossing with 80 surfers to motorbiking with a speed-loving Indian doctor through the Coromandel.
The CS community changed my life and made me view my place in the world both as something bigger and smaller than I ever could have imagined.
If you’re unfamiliar with the breadth of CouchSurfing, here’s a brief quote from their mission statement that sums it up perfectly:
At Couchsurfing, we envision a world where everyone can explore and create meaningful connections with the people and places they encounter. Building meaningful connections across cultures enables us to respond to differences with curiosity, appreciation and respect. The appreciation of diversity spreads tolerance and creates a global community.
I couldn’t be more humbled, more inspired and more honored to be able to work for a company like CouchSurfing. And the fact that I get to move to San Francisco in the process? Icing on the cake of life, yo.