A New Adventure: Moving to London

Posted: March 7, 2011 in Joe's Life, New Experiences, Work and Play
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More than two and a half years ago, I moved to Chicago and embraced the city as my own. I’ve eaten some amazing food, watched the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup, survived three football seasons as a Packers fan and met lifelong friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start my post-college life.

The corner stone of my Windy City experience  is my office and my co-workers. The environment is challenging but nurturing, our clients are industry leaders, and the people I work with are intelligent, driven, and some of my best friends. I’ll never be able to replicate this group of people and the environment but I’m excited to say:

I’m moving to London.


Where did this come from?

A few months ago I started searching for opportunities to diversify my experience and set myself apart from my peers. After a week in New York, I came back to Chicago and reached out to my mentors and the agency’s leadership for guidance. During one of these conversations, someone pointed out that my plan didn’t exactly line up with the goal. It was during this conversation that we started to talk about opportunities abroad and how to make the most of my skills.

When am I leaving and for how long?

My plane leaves Chicago on Saturday, March 19th, less than two weeks from today, and I’ll start working at Weber’s London office on Wednesday, March 23rd. My apartment in Chicago is already down to the bare minimum, thanks to Mama Piehl, and I’m quickly evaluating everything I own and deciding what will come with me. My work visa is for three years and near the  end of each year, I’ll evaluate my experience and work with the London office to determine if I’ll stay in the UK or move back to the US.

Am I nervous?

You bet! I’ve been looking for new opportunities since September and have been discussing logistics with London since the middle of January. You would think this is enough time to overcome any fear or doubt, however, the reality of my situation didn’t sink in until this past Wednesday when my friend Sami gave me a book about Chicago and wrote on the inside, “Now you get to keep some of Chicago with you!” Like a slap across the face, I finally felt the reality of my transition.

Thankfully, the timing couldn’t be better! My apartment lease is up at the end of this month, my family is tremendously supportive, and there is nothing permanent connecting me to Chicago. I’m going to miss my friends and it seems weird to move now that I’ve established myself in the city’s different networks and social circles, but my fear is that if I don’t do this now, I never will. As a fun bonus with this change, I’m able to cross off two of my 25 in 25 goals in one move: visit Europe and move some where new.

What’s next?

Packing and partying – but not necessarily in that order. Help packing is always wanted but it’s not expected. However, this upcoming Friday I’m tearing it up and enjoying my last weekend in Chicago. Location: TBD.



Windy City
  1. Angela Ten Clay says:

    Congrats again, Joe! So exciting and such an amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to read more updates from you and hear all about your experiences. Good luck with the move!

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks Angela! Your notes and support are always helpful. I’ll definitely be sharing more but remember the information highways goes both ways and I hope you continue to share news from your end.

    • Angela Ten Clay says:

      Of course! I keep up to date with you on Facebook, so I’m always sharing news with you! 🙂

  3. Kat says:

    Joe, I cannot tell you how excited I am for you, and most of all, how proud I am of you. You will be Amazing in London. We really miss you. Please know Jordan and I will be here for you (no matter where the hell we all are) forever. Wish I could hug you in person. Good luck! Kat

    • Joe says:

      Thank you so much Kat! I’ve always tried to emulate you and Jordan and having your support means the world. I miss both of you (and Luca) but I know I will see you soon. I would take that hug in a heart beat. Tell the boys i say hi. -Joe

  4. Brit says:

    You will love it in London! Don’t be nervous. And, congrats on the opportunity! I’m quite jealous you will be living in my second fave city in the world.

    • Joe says:

      Thanks Brit! It’s encouraging to hear that you love London. I’ve never visited Europe so this will be an adventure. If you and Braden decide to visit Europe any time in the next few years, let me know and we can meet up for dinner. Maybe in Paris or Madrid… 🙂

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