Ten years ago, I made a fateful decision to forgo law school to attend a graduate program in Washington, D.C. and pursue a career in politics. It is a choice that I do not regret. Being in this city and working in this industry has afforded me more unique experiences and opportunities than the little girl from Butte, MT ever thought were possible. But as my career has advanced and changed, I continually run into situations when my expertise is not enough.
In my new business, I often have to work with a fleet of lawyers who must review my ideas and plans before my work can move forward. I hated deferring to legislative counsel as they hacked my bill to pieces because we weren’t equals in the drafting process. And I’ve been in high level meetings where I am relegated to the professional kiddie table because I am the only person in the room without a juris doctorate.
Frankly, I’m sick of it. So I’ve decided to do something about it.
In ten days, I will be moving West to attend an accelerated two-year law program that offered me a fantastic scholarship. While I was accepted at three D.C.-area schools, the plusses of making the move outweighed the negatives of temporarily leaving the city that I have grown to adore and the people who I will miss terribly.
I didn’t come to this decision lightly, but my long-term goals are best served by a decision that will cost me no small amount of short-term happiness. And thanks to some friends, I’ll be involved with a campaign in my new city in a significant but volunteer capacity. (Politics, I just can’t quit you.)
So what does this mean for Capitol Hill Style?
As of right now, nothing will change. If I get to a place where I need to free-up some time in my schedule, I’ll cut back on the number of posts per week. This move may actually be the best thing for the blog, since being closer to a few very talented friends may allow me to bring in more original video, photo and interactive content. But the focus of Capitol Hill Style, a fashion blog for professional women, will not change.
The community that has built up around this site is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things in my life. CHS has been a constant during some very dark and uncertain times, and a place where I can create something that I am proud to call my own. Not to mention a convenient excuse for all of my internet window-shopping.
A decade ago, when I began my career, I was clueless about how to dress for work and fit in to my new surroundings. I started this blog for all the women who strive for professional success and purpose and want to look good doing it. For the ladies with big dreams who are currently folding mail in a cubbie in the Cannon House Office Building or toiling away on the first rung of their career ladder.
This blog means a lot to me, and I have no intention of giving it up. I hope you’ll stay with me as I take the next step in my career and in my life.