Monday, November 3, 2008

[Feature] Leaving on a Jet Plane

Well, Life in Boxes readers, it's been fun.

I, Yuri Kim, will no longer be an editor for Life in Boxes effective November 14th. I am leaving because I recently joined the Americorps and I'll be moving out to Seattle for a year to work for the United Way of King County. It's such a big change that my life will be a bit too hectic for me to regularly post on the blog. So because of that, I'll be bowing out for the time being.

To give you a little more detail....

A few months ago, I found myself in a bit of a rut. I had been looking for a full-time job, but everywhere I wanted to work, I wasn't hired, and everything that I was hired for, I had no real interest in. After some soul searching, I realized that I was at a juncture in my life, post-college and pre-mortgage, where I could try something different. To that end, I joined the Americorps. I've always had a strong interest in public service and I saw the Americorps as an opportunity to do something I was interested in and at the same time go somewhere I'd never been. So when I got offered to work for United Way in Seattle, I took the chance.

Even though I'm leaving, I feel like I'm embodying the concept of Life in Boxes more now than ever. In less than a month's time, I need to once again put everything I own in as few boxes as possible and move to somewhere I've never been to before. And even though I roughly have a year of my life planned out, the details are very murky and anything past December of 2009 is still a mystery to me.

It's going to be different. I'm sure my year will be exciting, nerve-wrecking, sad, and enjoyable all at the same time. I think the most important thing is that I will be making a drastic change for the better. I'll be moving, living on my own and doing something I have a passion for.

Hopefully, I'll be able to make some time to keep you all updated on the trails and tribulations that comes with living below the poverty level in a strange new city. But for now, it's goodbye.


With my decision to leave, I've obviously shaken this blog up, so some changes are coming to Life in Boxes.

As you may have noticed, our "What are you doing this weekend?" posts are no more. The work started getting tedious and we feel like we can better utilize Fridays.

Also, our weekly features are going to change to monthly features. As editors, we found ourselves sort of forcing out features instead of becoming inspired to write them. Now, we'll have time to think carefully about what we want to write and give you something nice and meaty to chew on.

With the loss of one editor (me :x), there will be a slight drop in posts, but it should still be more than enough for you voracious readers!

Life in Boxes will still be around, sans me, and it'll probably be better than ever. Keep reading, I know I will!


Anonymous said...

Good luck with your future plans. I think your posts were the ones that were most "wow, that's kind of what I'd be thinking."

Jen Shin said...

perhaps it was the kind of day i was having, but your feature made me tear a little. it's the end of an era! :(

Jeannine said...

wow! i am so excited for you. i have always wanted to do something similar and i greatly admire you for it. you always had fun post and i'm sad i won't see you for thanksgiving but i'm sure you'll have an amazing experience. good luck!