To the most awesome people at Merrill Lynch:

I have had a wonderful time getting to know each and every one of you over the past year. Working with each of you has been a pleasure and your willingness to help and teach me the ins and outs of the job has been irreplaceable. I wanted to let you all know that I have just informed Brad of my intention to resign on the last Friday in May. You will all be dearly missed.

I will be spending the summer traveling around the country with two good friends, and when I arrive on the West Coast I will take up residency in Portland, Oregon. You can track my adventure and leave me comments at

Each of you has been open, friendly and helpful to me over the past year that I have been here and it has been a sincere pleasure to bring you pie, see you smile, and chit chat about everything under the sun. I hope to stay in close contact with everyone.

Thank you all for a wonderful year.

Yours truly,



I click “send” and the final weight flutters off my shoulders like rice paper on a breath of air. Joey and I have finished funding, we recently found out there is a cousin in Portland willing to share their home with us when we arrive, and just now I informed my boss and co-workers of my plans to leave on a grand adventure.

Nothing left to do now but wait.

…well, packing would be a good idea too, I guess. 


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