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Why I moved to Seattle

A content strategist and ux designer walk into a bar…in Seattle!

I sit here this morning, sipping coffee and watching the ships sail across the sound. The fog slowly rolls out. There’s chatter of people across the street waiting for the bus, with their backpacks and glasses and smart devices plugged to their ears or thumbs or mouths.

This is the city of growth, youth, technology, and, of course, the best coffee around. Yes, this is Seattle.

Just a week ago, my husband and I packed our little belongings and flew from our homeland of Denver, Colorado to settle in to a new city. The air is cool and salty. There’s hustle and bustle and rhythm to this city unlike any other; it has its own charm, and I’m delighted to be here.

So why did we decide to venture to the Pacific Northwest? That I will tell you.

Calling all designers

First things first, my husband got an awesome new position as a mobile ux designer with Amazon. I’m ever so proud of him and can see his sheer excitement as he takes on his new role. And since my freelance business is in the cloud, it was very easy for me to pick up and move without any interruption. I now just have to consider the change in time differences.

Community and jobs galore

Denver’s really a wonderful city. It’s eclectic and has a growing startup community. It’s just not growing fast enough. Unless you’re an engineer, nurse, or developer, it’s tough finding work, especially for a content manager or writer. And there are only a few ways to get connected in the community whereas Seattle has tons of various networking groups, conferences, and meetups. Seattle’s also hiring left and right, which is great for me because I want to transition into a full-time position hopefully by the beginning of next year.

Time for change

My husband and I lived in Colorado for twenty years. That’s a long time. We grew up there, married there, and now need a different scenery. And for the most obvious reason, Seattle’s damn gorgeous. Surrounded by water and city, this girl’s creativeness is soaring. Did I mention I do film photography? I can’t wait to capture this beautiful city with my lens and umbrella.

So if you live in Seattle or are visiting, come say hello. I’m excited to become a part of this amazing city and build relationship within the community.

And now for a cheesy sunset photo.

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Written by Megan Whalin

writer. dog mom. PNW.

Website: http://meganwhalin.com

2 comments

  1. Love hearing the background to your move. It sounds like you both are making the right decision! I hope we join you guys next year. Can’t wait to hear more of your experiences in Seattle!

  2. All I can really say is “Welcome to the West Coast”… Being from BC, rather than Seattle – but in the end it’s close enough I think. I do wish I was a weeee bit closer and could actually come and say hello, but a wave from the Sunshine Coast will have to suffice for now :)

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