As previously alluded, change is coming, and SOON.
I’ve accepted an incredible opportunity I can only describe as my “dream job”, in my dream location, close to some pretty special individuals.
And what is so clear to me in how these events transpired, is that everything truly does happen for a reason. As a person of faith, I choose to acknowledge God’s plan for me and His overall goodness, but if you don’t believe in that, I still feel the universe aligned perfectly to put me where I’m about to go.
Rewind— my dad is from Washington state, and every August we would visit his childhood home. Each year, I experience a sense of magic when we stepped outside of the SeaTac airport, took a ferry ride across the Puget Sound, went hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, or watched the boats on the sound from my grandparents’ home as we ate the waffles my grandfather would always make for us for breakfast our first day there.
And I always said I wanted to move to Washington one day….
Second year of pharmacy school, I spontaneously decided to change my elective from psychiatric pharmacy (I had majored in psychology in undergrad) to ambulatory care pharmacy.
I knew I wanted to be an ambulatory care pharmacist, and so I dove into research and clinical rotations that would make me a competitive residency applicant. I always thought that career path would mean a second specialty year residency in ambulatory care.
Combine my dream of Washington, with my dream of ambulatory care pharmacy, and by the end of my pharmacy school career, I anticipated I would move from Oklahoma for a general PGY1 and then go on to a PGY2 in ambulatory care.
In the bendy path that is life, I met a guy and decided to stay. And then, the story deviates, which I’ve been pretty open about (and which led me to start the blog).
2018 has been the hardest year of my life. But it’s also grown me in so many ways.
In May, I started to apply for post-residency positions. I knew I wanted to work in ambulatory care, and I knew I wanted to be in the Carolinas, Seattle, or Minneapolis. But getting an ambulatory care position without that second year seemed impossible. I was dejected. I had rejections. I had silence.
In June, I had a phone interview for a position in Charleston doing EXACTLY what I wanted to do. I was so excited to even have a phone interview for an am care position, and even to learn about what opportunities are out there. But, the timing was not right, I still had several months to go, and they needed someone before that. They told me they would keep my application on file and contact me if anything else came up, but I didn’t expect to hear from them again. I continued to apply for jobs, and about three months went by.
My best friend moved to Seattle in June, and needless to say, I was JEALOUS. One of Morgan’s strengths is that she is an encourager, and she prompted me to apply for positions in Seattle and assured me I would end up in Seattle if that was the place for me.
In early August, I had a phone interview for an ambulatory care pharmacist position in the Seattle area. The pharmacist was leaving at the end of October, and they were looking to fill the position at the beginning of October. My residency will end September 28. The timing seemed too good to be true. They scheduled a second phone interview, and I began to dream of fulfilling a 20 year dream. And then, Charleston called me. Turns out, they had another ambulatory care pharmacist position pop up, and they had remembered me. In the course of a week, I found myself booking tickets to fly to Charleston for an onsite job interview, and having the second phone interview for the position in Seattle.
The second phone interview went well, and suddenly my job search went from zero for forty, to flying to Charleston on a Thursday, interviewing on a Friday, coming back to OKC on Saturday, flying to Seattle Sunday, to interviewing in Seattle on Monday.
At the end of the day on Monday, I had verbal offers for both positions. How can I even begin to convey the GOODNESS in this story? The redemption, or the hope? If I hadn’t taken the time out of residency, the timing wouldn’t have worked. If so many little things along the way hadn’t happened the way they did, these opportunities would not have come.
And so, now that I’ve accepted, signed a lease on an apartment, planned a cross country move, and been studying for a law exam in another state, I’d like to share that I’m moving to….
I hope you all will continue to follow my journey (good and bad and everything in between) as I enter a new season, new job, and new chapter.
More to come. If you made it to the end, thank you 🙂