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.
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.
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.