June 6, 2019
Tears rolling down my face, I kissed each of my dogs goodbye, hugged my sister and drove to my grandparents’ house, where my dad was waiting. I tried to talk normally, but my grandma could tell I was in pain and said, “Look, she’s already been crying.”
Today I left my beautiful, perfect home in New Jersey to move to Los Angeles, California. While I am absolutely heartbroken to leave my favorite place on Earth, I know I need to make this move to start chasing my dreams of being an entertainment reporter. As I jokingly told my family, this is what happens when you encourage your kids to chase their dreams.
Luckily I have some distraction from my heartache, as I am embarking on a small cross-country road trip with my one and only partner in travel, my grandfather (Pop Pop), which I am forever thankful for.
Over the last two years, I really contemplated what I would do after graduation. I would definitely apply to jobs. Maybe I would teach English in Asia. Maybe I would become a European tour guide. By the time grad school rolled around, I narrowed it down to finding a “real” job or getting a summer internship, saving up and going on a long, well-rounded cross country road trip in the fall. The “real” job won, but technically I am still getting my cross country road trip.
In just about two weeks, I will be starting my career at Entertainment Tonight as a production assistant. But first, I have people and places to see. Tag along on my journey as I share with you my adventures to:
- Richmond, Virginia
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Wilson, Kansas
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, Utah
- Boulder City, Nevada
Whitmanythought 1: I can’t wait to check out America!
Whitmanythought 2: I wish I could bring a dog with me