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30Jun/130

End of an Era: Leaving London

I haven't updated the blog in a while so I thought I'd check in. Haven't been much of a market participant in the past two weeks, but I have added a few shares and closed an INTC option position for a small profit. It was mostly passive.

I've really been focusing on moving back to the states. I've been living in London for the last two and a half years, and it's all coming to an end in a week. Needless to say, I've been busy. We had a bit of a stag weekend, then all the nights out at the pub to get my last few pints in with my mates, now I'm sitting here in my flat trying to pack up! It's all a bit depressing, but it's going to be the start of a new chapter in my life. My company sent me over here on an ex-pat assignment and now I'm returning to the home office in Chicago. My time here has been incredible, indescribable really. What am I supposed to say about two amazing, decadent years overseas? There were lots of ups and downs, but mostly ups. I'm going to miss it, and in a way I don't want to go back. I've made a life out here, made friends and, in a way, put down some roots. I will always consider London to be my home away from home. I don't even consider Chicago to be my home, I only lived there for two years before moving to the UK. Before that I was kicking it outside of Detroit. I've moved around a lot in the last 10 years, so where is home? It doesn't matter.

I'll probably be a bit more vacant from the blog for the next couple weeks as I wrap up my job, pack up my things, and get settled in Chicago. I know I don't have a lot of readers, I'd probably have more if I posted more frequently, but there may be a few people out there getting some RSS feeds. I feel like I'll get back into in when I get settled, especially since my lifestyle will likely undergo a forced change. Chicago is a great city, but I feel like I've been spoiled in London. There's always something going on, always coworkers willing to go out after work, and generally less aggressive civilians. I love Chicago, I'm just afraid of reintegrating. I'm more nervous about going back than I was about coming here. I'll get over it, I don't have a choice, but it's going to be a challenge.

It's like graduating from college after four crazy years, then looking at the next phase and feeling a bit uneasy about it. In a way I've felt like a student for the last two years, except for the fact that I worked my ass off more in London than I ever did in school. I was my own boss, I made decisions for my department, I solved dilemmas without outside support, and I only checked in with my US manager a few times a month. So, in a way, it is like having been in college: my parents [management] is back at home and I only check in with them a few times a month, but otherwise they know I'm doing well in my studies [massive workload].

On the whole, the experience is positive. It's a new chapter of my life! I'll get to use the skills that I learned overseas to my job back in the US. I have a better understanding of business and execution after having been neck-deep in a challenging project. I've grown personally and professionally, so it's exciting to take that and apply it elsewhere. I have a chance to reinvent myself as well, a lot of my friends and associates haven't seen me in a long time and it will be an opportunity to improve those relationships.

More than anything I'm looking to see my family. They're waiting for me to get back, the distance hasn't been too difficult but after two years it starts to seem further away than it really is. I can't wait to do some BBQ with my brother, his wife and my beautiful niece!

Enough writing now, back to packing!

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