Bust A Move are posts focused on what Tyler and Megan are thinking and learning before, during and after their move to another country.
First off, "after hours" is not going to be as sexy as you think—unless, of course, your fetish is descriptive insight into my and Megan's work/life balance.
First up, Meg-O:
Megan worked 7 years at a sleepy, slow-moving company and was a year away from being named their head of marketing. It was an offer that flung her into a quarter-life crisis.
A month later, she ended up at a fast-paced marketing agency, and if you don't know…agencies are roller coasters of emotion. Where Megan would once come home and have to burn off energy, she would now come home from work and have had either the best day imaginable or the worst day in history. Those consistent highs-and-lows would regularly land her zonked on the couch after work, where she'd sleep until it was time to go to bed.
As for me:
I started writing for agencies almost 10 years ago and have been working freelance for them ever since. I slowly became numb to the lifestyle—I "meh" at their delirious ascents and "whatever" to their dream-crushing drops. When it comes to work, nothing's personal. I'm now basically one non-fluctuating purple line that remains as professional as necessary while having as much fun as the environment allows.
I guess what it comes down to is that during Meg's life-changing job switch, it was really hard for me to relate to some of her growing pains because I'd been brought up in the culture. But with this life shift, we'll each be starting with the same amount of experience: none.
Neither of us really understand the high-and-lows that will come with changing countries yet, but it's kinda cool that we get to feel it out together.
You can read about all 5 reasons I'm glad I'm leaving here.
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