First: no, we're not having a baby. Because I know you're thinking it.
Just over one year ago, only three weeks after marrying my lovely wife, we moved to Seattle and planted ourselves in an apartment downtown. I came to work as a UX designer for Amazon and Lisa started working at one of Seattle's finest barbershops. Not long after we arrived we found ourselves visiting dog shelters on the weekends and eventually adopted a cute little Shiba Inu mix and named her Pixel (appropriately).
We came here for an adventure, and an adventure it most certainly has been. We just gulped in the Seattle scene over the last year. Literally. Because Seattle food.
We explored everywhere we could on foot. Dinner on foot. Shopping on foot. Movies on foot.
We took Sunday walks to Lake Union during the sunny summer, and took cover under our drippy hoods during the cold, drizzly, wintery walks home from work.
We visited Portland a couple times, Vancouver once with Lisa's parents. We gazed up at massive waterfalls, rode ferries between islands. We spent a lot of time sitting on shores, looking out over vast ocean-y vistas.
But perhaps most importantly, during the first year of our marriage, Lisa and I had the opportunity to rely completely and wholly on each other. Sequestered a few states away from any family, we had this amazing opportunity to explore and grow in a brand new place together. To learn who we really were, as individuals and as companions, with no baggage from where we had been, but only the bright-eyed enthusiasm that came with this new, scary, exciting place.
Today, we're sharing the news that after a spectacular year in what is really an amazing city, we're headed home.
I accepted a position with a small software company called BambooHR, where I'll get to work with the design team to build HR software that people actually like. I'm thrilled to be joining the team, and excited to be working with old friends and brilliant minds. We're excited to head back to Utah, which, if we were to be honest, has never really stopped feeling like home.
Of course, it's bittersweet. We've made friends with some of the kindest and funniest people in Seattle. We'll miss them. We'll miss walking to work and well, walking everywhere really.
But there's also a lot we won't miss so much, and a lot we're looking forward to. Maybe that's a topic for another post. Today, I just want thank Amazon for a year so full of growth and learning, and thank Seattle for being so good to us.
And now, a new chapter begins.