What A Difference A Year Makes…


It’s hard to believe that one year ago today I was saying goodbye to the most influential and important people and place in my life.

One of the most bitter sweet moments of my life.

I was leaving my home (even though it wasn’t where I was born it IS where my HEART is) and heading out on the next adventure in my radio career. I’ve moved from California to Tennessee and Tennessee to Charleston for my career (without knowing anyone in my future destination) with a smile on my face, a hop in my step, ready to see what the universe had in store. Yes I was going to miss my friends. Yes I was nervous about being accepted in the new location but overall I was just READY! The move from Charleston to Washington D.C. was a little different…

The smile was there the pep was in my step but the thought of leaving the people and a place I loved so much weighed very heavy on my heart. I’ve never felt so comfortable in a place before. You know when people ask “How did you know you were in love?” to the couple that’s been married 50 years and are still deeply in love and they say “We just knew” or “It felt so right”. That’s exactly how I felt about Charleston. It just fit.

With that being said, I knew it was time. Time to grow in my career and take the next step…or GIANT LEAP! I was offered an opportunity in a Top 10 Market on a Major Morning Show. The Radio Dream…I couldn’t turn it down.

It’s been an exciting year to say the least. I’ve been within feet of Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey, attended the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, witnessed a presidential motorcade, met some amazing people, and learned how to take public transportation. I’ve learned how expensive it is to live in “The Big City”, how pretentious people can be, and how hard it is going from being a big fish in a small (er) pond is to a small fish in an ocean.

During the 27th year of my life I experienced the HIGHEST OF HIGHS and the LOWEST OF LOWS! I laughed and cried…boy how I cried (Sorry for constantly unloading Tanya, Alysa, Shea, Brandy, Joe Quinn, Melissa, and Mom) but made it through with lessons learned and experiences I wouldn’t trade for the world. 

Thank you to the old friends that have been there to lend an ear, a skype chat, or a hug. Thank you to the knew friends that have been willing to take me under their wing, show me new places, and put up with my constant comparisons of Charleston to Washington (I promise to stop doing that. It’s like comparing apples to oranges).

One year later, I still miss Charleston everyday. (I don’t think that will ever change) One year later, I’m finally starting to find my place in Washington DC.

Well let's see, Don't think I could live without Bacon, BritneySpears, Hair Extensions, Hallmark,& Ketchup. OH & wine. So I usually post about those things
  • Jenolver

    I and Charleston Love you Brooke!!! We miss you but you know you took the right step in the right direction for yourself!!! Every now and again someone has to continue to climb that ladder and sometimes that means leaving where you are comfortable!! Take care and have fun up thar in that big ole city 😉

  • Mjwitt

    Can I just say?  I’m a NATIVE Washingtonian — and it’s only through you (granted, through you & your 30 dates / 30 days) that I’d ever heard of Cantina Marina.  I LOVE that place!  LOVE it!  So, it’s just funny that I learn about ‘these parts” where I supposedly grew up from you — who grew up elsewhere!  Glad you’re here & I just hope you find it easy calling home wherever YOU are!  :o)

  • Brooke

    Thank you so much! I’m glad you found Cantina Marina…ISN’T IT AMAZING????

    Miss Charleston! But you’re right…it’s about climbing the ladder. I can always come back for a visit…in fact I’ll be there to support Tanya for the Chili Cook Off this year! We’re bringing the trophy home =)

  • Jacki Rizzo

    Brooke, thanks for letting us know you’re accepting all that life offers to you!  I still remember crying leaving DC for TX to only turn around 3 years later and cry leaving TX to move back to DC!  Mrs R

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