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When it rains, it pours and notes on what’s happening next

When it rains, it pours and notes on what’s happening next

Here’s what the last couple of weeks have looked like:Β I’d accepted one job offer, put in my two weeks’ notice, went through three rounds of interviews in 48 hours for another position (that was cleared by HR on the day that I put in my two weeks’), accepted a great side freelance gig, found out my roommate is moving to California, accepted the second job offer, had to call and decline the first job offer, fill out mountains of paperwork, prepare for the transition at my current job, and then celebrate my last day in the office withΒ a trip to Top of the Rock. Throw in a million yoga classes and social events and coffee dates, and it’s been a little chaotic, to say the least.

Christine Amorose of C'est Christine in New York City

It’s basically been a two-week living example of “when it rains, it pours.” And it’s been scary.

I’ve gotten comfortable with my life here: I’ve worked for ONA for the past two years, and it’s largely defined my identity and experience in New York City. I’ve loved my job in many, many ways: coffee dates with talented photographers (many of whom I can now call friends), the flexibility to work remotely, more gorgeous camera bags than I know what to do with.Β Almost as soon as I put in my notice, I was plagued by doubts about whether I’d made the right choice: it’s the first time I’ve left a job for a reason other than moving to another country. And yet, there’s something exhilarating about the unknown: I’ve taken plenty of personal and professional risks in the past, and they’ve always seemed to work out even better than I imagined.

I’ve known Aly since we were roommates in California, and we’ve lived together in our delightful little apartment in Brooklyn for the past year: it’s hard to imagine my social life, let alone my apartment, without her. My home is my escape from the chaos from the city: it’s clean and orderly and quiet, and it’s scary to open that private space up to a stranger. I’ve had good roommates and bad roommates before, and I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that this will be another one of those situations where it works out even better than I could hope. [Side note: I’m still totally looking to fill the room if anyone is searching in NYC! We have a dishwasher, an in-unit washer/dryer, outdoor space and I buy fresh flowers every week, HOLLA.]

It’s been a lot of change, all at once. Right at the apex of it all, when it was a just a swirl of unknowns, I decided that my mantra would be I can handle this situation with grace. It was a reminder to be both honest and kind, to be upfront yet tasteful. It was about remembering others and how my choices affected them even as I accepted that my own happiness and success had to be a top priority.

Whenever I call my mom to complain about all of the crazy things happening in my life (as I did last week), she always says the same thing: “when it rains, it pours.” it’s funny how many different ways we think of rain. In a drought, any drop of water is seen as a welcome relief. But too much water can also be a flood, a deluge, a disaster. We can’t control the weather, but we can choose how we plan for it and react to it. We can decide to be depressed by a rainy day, or we can curl up with a good book and a hot chocolate and listen to the pitter-patter of the raindrops.

There has been no doubt that the last few weeks has felt like an absolute downpour: sometimes it’s been refreshing, and other times it’s been overwhelming. And yet, it’s been a good reminder that you can’t predict the future and you get nowhere by worrying: you can only expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now.

So, without further ado! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be working in brand partnerships at Vimeo: quite literally, my dream next step. And bonus: I’ll get to spend a week in Sacramento before my start date. Good things are happening, y’all. Thanks, as always, for the support.

  • Megan Henry

    Great post Christine! I love the reframe about rain. You are so right that a downpour can actually be viewed as a positive opportunity for growth, rather than a sequence of unfortunate events. Thanks for the post! You will find a great roommate, I know it! πŸ™‚ Congrats on your new job!

    – Megan

  • Marie

    Love this post! It’s been a season of change for me too– I’ve started a new job, moved to a new city, started wrapping up my Master’s degree and took a trip to the other side of the planet in the span of four months. I can’t believe that I was complaining that my life felt “slow” and “stuck” just at the start of the year! Best of luck to you in your new position– can’t wait to read about your new adventures!

  • Congrats! I have felt this a lot over the past few years and it is amazing how even the best life events can still stress you out a whole lot.
    Excited to hear more about your work with Vimeo!! I think that will be exciting.

  • Congrats lady, I’m excited for you! I can’t wait to hear about your new job adventures.

  • Congrats. I’m a few years younger than you, and your writing, photos and outlook of life always inspires me to be more like you! You’ll be great!

  • Congrats, Christine! I can’t wait to follow your new adventures – and I’m excited you’re staying in my favorite city πŸ˜‰

  • Sincerelykateb

    BRAVO C’EST!

  • GET IT GIRL! So excited to celebrate with you in person!

  • This post was so captivating Christine! I really enjoy reading about what you’re going through with your career. Congratulations and have a great week in Sacramento!!

  • Wendy

    Congratulations on the new job! Can’t wait to hear more about the new adventures!

  • SheyDraw

    The other day, I got super angry and annoyed at receiving some wrong information from a company and running around for like 2 hours on a dummy errand. I was so angry that it was this stupid company’s fault for my bad mood. Then I just thought, I won’t let this ruin my day, and let it go. From now on the saying “I can handle this situation with grace.” is my new motto.

    P.S. congrats in the new job! It must be hard leaving a job you love, but you’re taking the chance anyway!

  • camorose

    Spoken like a true resident of California in the middle of a drought–I think everyone out there is reshifting their attitude toward rain πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the kind words lady–hope that life is going fantastically out in SF! Fingers crossed on the roommate front!

  • camorose

    Totally feel you there! I feel like things have been pretty stagnant recently, so I’m excited for the opportunity to shake things up πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Super excited for Vimeo, and agree completely about even good change being scary change πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you! Looking forward to it!

  • camorose

    Aww I’m so glad! Thanks so much for the sweet words!

  • camorose

    Yes! No plans to leave NYC just yet πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    MERCI MACGREGOR!

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! Can’t wait to dish it all in person πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you! Thrilled that I’ll be able to relax at home for a few days without any work obligations πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    Yay! It’s seriously such a good life mantra πŸ™‚

  • yourroomatewhowillmissyouso

    you are the most wonderful human

  • Erica

    Congrats on the new gig! If anyone can handle all of that with grace, it’s definitely you πŸ™‚

  • Dana

    Congrats, Christine! Glad things are working out for you πŸ™‚

  • My life this year has been much the same: births, deaths, promotion, new house and an engagement! It really does pour! Embrace it (and write about it!). Good luck!

  • Briel79

    Wow, so much going on! Congrats on the new job! πŸ™‚

    Good luck with finding an awesome roommate. I live alone and wouldn’t want it any other way at the moment but I know that would be pretty difficult to do in NY money wise (and that some people prefer living with others)!

  • Riana Autumn

    Congratulations Christine! All of these changes are really exciting, and I’m sure for the best. It’s awesome to read the inspiring outlook you keep during chaotic times. I’ve got a few big changes in my life coming up (finishing school, finding full-time work, relocating, etc.) and I hope I handle it with as much positivity, insight and grace as you seem to have!

  • Lucykbee

    Amazing! so happy for you!!

  • “There’s something exhilarating about the unknown”…how true is that? Everyone who’s quitting their job always seems happy, no matter how uncertain their future might be. πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your new job!

  • camorose

    MISS YOU MORE

  • camorose

    Thank you! Looking forward to it!

  • camorose

    Thanks, Dana! Appreciated!

  • Michael Hodson

    Very excited for you. You’ll handle it with grace, class, and kick ass in the end.

  • camorose

    Hooray! So much good, so much bad–but it all evens out πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    I would LOVE to live alone but unfortunately in NYC, that’s just not feasible. Fingers crossed on finding a roommate who isn’t home too often πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    You’re too sweet! Thanks for the well wishes–I’m sure you’ll be able to handle all of your life changes with the same amount of grace.

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    Thank you! Yes–easy to get excited about the possibilities!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Congratulations! Sounds like a lot of good things to come. Definitely well deserved πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thanks so much for the support! Much appreciated πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you! Looking forward to it all πŸ™‚

  • AnΔ‘ela Δ†enan

    wow, so many exciting things !!! πŸ™‚ congrats on your new job πŸ™‚ I’m sure you’ll rock it! Good luck on finding a new roommate (who isn’t home too often?? haha xD) it can be done πŸ™‚

    I’ve become such a lazy ass when it comes to commenting! going to do something about it RIGHT NOW πŸ™‚ have an amazing day! XX.

  • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

    Congratulations, sounds like an opportunity that is right up your alley. All the best!

  • camorose

    Haha yes I found a roommate and the new job is going well, and it’s nice to see your familiar name back in the comments πŸ˜€

  • camorose

    Thank you!

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