photocred: CRBOWMAN
photocred: CRBOWMAN
I can’t believe July is almost over. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was coming back from Bali and summer was just beginning. The fall felt so far away. But here we are, August just around the corner, and in a few weeks, I will be leaving Charlotte. Certain key players in my life have known about this decision for a little while now, but this week I broke the news to my boss and coworkers.

I have lived in the Carolinas for 6 years now. I spent 3 years in Charleston, South Carolina, and 3 years here in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been quite the rollercoaster, and while I will miss my friends and colleagues here, I am ready for my next adventure.

my new backyard
So, on September 7th, I will be moving to Pago Pago, American Samoa. I will be working for the Attorney General, in the Criminal Division. So yes, I will still be prosecuting. And I’m thrilled.

I expected to get mixed reactions when I broke the news, but everyone has been supportive and excited for me. Honestly, the support and love that I have received in the past few weeks from my ‘people’ has been overwhelming, and bittersweet. I am so grateful to have people in my life who understand and appreciate me, and genuinely want to see me succeed and be happy.

Aside from the kind words, love, and excitement, I have also gotten many inquiries as to where exactly AmSam is, what there is to do there, and how I’m going to survive without air conditioning. I have also received many tidbits of knowledge from those immediately researching this crazy place I’m running off to. I have been introduced to the “wildlife” that I will be experiencing there, more specifically, the MASSIVE insects.

trading in this adorable roommate...
trading in this adorable roommate…

for this creepy dude!
for this creepy dude!
So, where is American Samoa? Here’s a somewhat helpful map. Here’s some perspective – it’s about 5 hours from Hawaii, and 4 hours from New Zealand, and about 3 hours to Fiji. Yes, FIJI.


I have done enough research to get myself comfortable with the move. Rather than obsessing over it and finding out every little detail (while building up expectations) I have stopped researching, and am open to the surprises that I’m in for. Here’s the important stuff:

  • I can surf there
  • I can run there
  • It’s absolutely gorgeous
  • I’ll have enough vacation time to travel, a lot…and to really cool places.
  • I get to wear flip flops to court
  • I get to be a lawyer. In the South Pacific.

Bugs…humidity…lack of malls, shopping centers, and bars? I think I’ll be ok.

What excites me most about this move is the simple lifestyle I’ll be adopting. I am likely bringing 2-4 pieces of luggage, and sending a few boxes.  I’m getting rid of most of my stuff, selling my car, and putting sentimental items in storage at my mom’s house. I have done this before when I moved to Honolulu and when I moved to Charleston…and it was absolutely liberating.

Honolulu -> Charleston shipment