A Leap of Faith {or} I’m Headed to San Francisco!

Several of you have inquired about my post-graduate plans. The honest truth is that, up until yesterday, I had no idea. I applied to a few design jobs in New York. I lined up a few interviews. I got a few rejections. I still have a few irons in the fire — but I’ve decided to table those options for now.
A few months ago, Crystal mentioned that she would love to have me intern for Rue Magazine in San Francisco for the summer. (I intern for her now, but everything I do is via my laptop.) I appreciated the offer and assumed it would make an excellent back-up plan to my other prospects.
I had this notion, like so many soon-to-be graduates, that being successful would mean landing a job with one of my dream companies, making enough money to pay New York rent, and having the stability that a full-time job entails. But I had this increasingly nagging feeling that taking a position in New York would mean passing up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Working for Rue will not be the most lucrative or stable job I could take. Moving across the country, to a city I visited for just three days at age 15, is unsettling. And the fact that there’s no way to predict what will happen after Rue’s one-year anniversary issue in September reminds me just how big a risk I’m taking.
And yet I know I would never forgive myself if I didn’t take Crystal up on her offer. Words cannot describe how much I have loved writing and interning for Rue — and the opportunity to experience the day-to-day operations of an online magazine excites me more than any corporate job could. 
As my parents have reminded me time and again, New York is forever. All my family lives on the east coast, and New York will forever feel like the city in my backyard. But the opportunity to fly to California, live in a new city for three and a half months, and work alongside two inspiring female entrepreneurs is right now. When I redefine success as lifelong learning and personal enrichment, I don’t have to think twice about knowing which path is right for me.
From early June through mid-September, I will be living in Crystal’s beautiful new apartment and spending my days writing, coordinating photo shoots, planning launch events, making new friends, eating good food, and exploring a new-to-me city. To me, it sounds like heaven on earth.
My life to this point has followed a very average timeline: high school, college, study abroad, intern over the summer. Spending the summer with Rue in San Francisco is easily the biggest decision I have made to date — and I am grateful for the newfound knowledge that it’s the best one I could possibly make right now.
I am incredibly thankful to Crystal and Anne for extending this opportunity and to my parents for encouraging me to scratch all my type-A planning and do something totally outside the box. I am grateful to all of you who show up here each day to read and comment and encourage, and I cannot wait to share this adventure with you all. 

{all photos from Rue}

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  1. what a wonderful experience! You are a brave and courageous girl. Your leap of faith is not only inspiring, but also a great example of how to live life when given an offer like this. Good luck, and God bless your new adventure.

  2. From one Darien transplant to another, you are going to love it here! Congratulations on your continued internship with Rue. There is nothing more thrilling than getting on the plane to travel across the country to a new and wonderful adventure. When I moved out here almost 6 years ago (without ever visiting) I knew it would quickly become home. Best wishes!

    Fondly, Cassandra

  3. You are one lucky girl! When the universe offers you something that is outside your comfort zone, take it and you took it. Great surprises await you. I’m proud of you for taking that “leap of faith” and so proud of your parents for being so supportive of this new adventure. Soak it up and enjoy the moment in beautiful San Fran. You will fall it love with this city! Look forward to reading all about it in your blogs.

  4. So thrilled for you Mackenzie! You will never regret it. SF is an amazing city, and I predict you will totally fall in love with it. A fabulous place to be after college. Great luck!

  5. Mackenzie – When I graduated, I was sure New York was it. But, the best job offer was elsewhere. I spent a year there, garnered contacts, friends, independence and it made New York so much sweeter when I finally got there a year later. Now, five years into New York and with the dream NYC life I looked forward to when I graduated, I know that sidesteps are just part of the universe’s plan. If you follow opportunity when it comes knocking, you WILL be successful. Bisous.

  6. CONGRATS!!!! and honestly coming from someone who came straight to NYC 2 weeks after graduation last year, this city IS always here for you. it’s amazing and you may never want to leave once you get here. so exploring another city, another coast, an amazing opportunity is the right decision! can’t wait to hear all about it. xx.christine

  7. my mantra : live in the moment!!!
    As everyone else has said – I think this is an amazing opportunity for you and you just have to live in the moment and bask in all the opportunity and adventure that is about to come your way …
    I’m jealous to say the least … I would happily put my design biz on hold to jump on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
    best of luck and success!

  8. Darling what fun and satisfying prospects this will bring. I am so excited for you to take on this opportunity. San Francisco is such a great city and I know you will love it. Can’t wait to see what your adventures continue to bring:-)

  9. How super duper exciting. I think you’ve made a great decision and you’ll have the best time over there. Congratulations on being brave enough to make the move and make sure you take time to look forward to all the adventures that are ahead! xo

  10. so happy for you!! what an exciting opportunity and because it’s different and fun and a tad risky, it’s so sexy and that sets you apart from the rest!!

    Enjoy, I’ll keep CT warm for you this summer 🙂

  11. This is such a nice site you have. I have bookmarked it, and will return many times. Your website has been a great guide. Thanks.

  12. You’re definitely making a great decision! After law school, when everybody expected me to stay up north and take the bar exam, I moved my happy self to Florida and started a Master’s program in Library Science. I’ve never been happier than I am, now, NOT following the path everybody (myself included) expected.

    Best of luck to you!

  13. That is such wonderful news, Congratulations girl! It sounds like its going to be so much fun and a once in a lifetime opportunity! Taking this big step is so inspiring. Sometimes your heart knows best over your head! And you’ve got the rest of your life ahead of you to be whatever you want to be. I can’t wait to hear all about it this summer and to carry on following you through your journey of an incredibly fun life. All the best Mackenzie!! xoxo

  14. Congratulations and best of luck! This sounds like such an incredible opportunity! Like you, I’m going through a similar experience this summer. I was lucky enough to land a great design internship in Australia for the summer! It’s absolutely terrifying to be moving abroad to a place I’ve never been before, but I can only imagine the wonderful experiences and adventures that are to follow. So from one traveler to another, let’s have a blast and make this a summer to remember!

  15. Oh my goodness…this is SO exciting!!! Congratulations Makenzie- what a fabulous opportunity….the idea of living in San Francisco for 3 months and working for a magazine is just almost too fantastic to comprehend- enjoy!!!

  16. Best of luck and you are doing the right thing. I remember (this makes me feel old) when I was living and working in the fashion industry in NYC. Every day was a struggle and the cost of living, oh my! I just followed my heart, I took every opportunity that came my way, it lead me to the mountains, Texas, then to to where I am now doing what I love with the man I love. I hate to say it but everything does happen for a reason. Go to San Fran, soak up all that you can and never have any regrets…NYC will always be waiting for you. It sounds like you have an amazing family and a lot of people that support you and want the best for you, soak it up! Best of luck and sending you tons of well wishes!!

  17. Congratulations! That is an amazing opportunity and I’m so happy for you! I’m the same way, I like to plan things out and I haven’t really been much of a risk taker. But I have found that when I do take risks, they are the most rewarding and fun experiences I have ever had. You will LOVE San Fran! 🙂

  18. Congrats!! San Francisco is a city that you’ll fall in love with instantly. I’m terribly jealous that my mom has recently made it home and grateful that I get to visit as I please! Can’t wait to read about your adventures and see what you do with Rue! Crystal will surely be a fantastic mentor. Best of luck!

    Oh, and make time to go see Beach Blanket Babylon, go up to Napa and visit Schramsberg, and spend lots of mornings at the Farmer’s Market.

  19. Congrats on the opportunity with Rue! I am sure you will make the best of it and turn this in to something bigger and better! I love San Fran and would love to live there one day!

  20. Congratulations!! What an incredible opportunity to work with such a talented people. I was just like you, totally straight path but last spring I quit my corporate job and went to design school, it was the best decision I ever made. Sometimes, something different is just what you need! Best of you luck to you, I am sure you will be amazing!! xo

  21. Mackenzie! This is phenomenal! Best advice I have ever received: “Your twenties are all about garnering credentials”. That is exactly what you are doing! Enjoy this experience! Soak iy all up! Best wishes

  22. best wishes to you…you will have a wonderful time.

    I remember meeting you and your mom at NBS in NYC last fall. You are a ‘darling’ and will easily succeed…

    have fun! donna