9 years ago today (or maybe tomorrow, but close enough) I packed my all my belongings, including a very unhappy feral cat who was like, “🙄🙄🙄we’re not seriously moving AGAIN…” into a 20-foot Penske truck in Somerville, MA, and left for a two day drive to Asheville, NC.
Why’d I leave? For a man, I like to joke, because that’s exactly *not* what cynical jaded Boston Sam would have done, ever.
And it’s true, I did move here to be with Matthew… but that was just serendipity.
I left because I was so burnt out I couldn’t even tell I was burnt out. I left because I didn’t know what came next, but I didn’t want to keep working 12 hour days in the gym and getting drinks with my friends for the next year (or five, or ten). I left because I was done with Boston, but I couldn’t tell because I was so, you know, IN it.
I didn’t know anything about relocating from a big city to a small one (does Asheville qualify as a city? discuss.) I didn’t know what I’d do when I got here. I didn’t have any friends here except the ones Matthew introduced me to, and I was really goddamn lonely for a really long time.
All I knew that day 9 years ago was that I needed something new. I needed an adventure. I needed…Asheville.
Today I’m doing some of my favorite Asheville things, including but not limited to the world’s best salad at Nine Mile and poke around the coolest writer-y store Whist.
Happy Ashe-Versary, me!
Samantha Pollack is a Copywriter & Creative Director who works with ethically minded, mission driven businesses who are actively trying to reshape our culture (and possibly tear down the patriarchy). She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Business Owner, a 12-week online program that helps HSPs & neurodivergent business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.
Sam also writes about feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and whatever else is on her mind. She currently lives in Asheville, NC.
Emails for cult thought leaders.
Want to learn how to craft emails that inspire action and engagement WITHOUT the “tried and true” (cough: patriarchal) norms we’ve all been taught?
I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.
(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)
*Just kidding. It’s only an email list.
Books. Cats. Rants. Drawrings.
(and every couple months or so, an unexplained absence 🤷🏻)