5.07.2010

I suppose you've been waiting on that UPDATE

I don't know why publishing this post would be so hard, but I wrote it a while ago, have updated since first writing it, but had yet to hit that little publish post button. Here it goes...

I found an apartment right before I left Chicago {which was on March 10th -- 2 months ago}, and put down a deposit. I cannot believe that I have been back in LA for such a long time. And no, I have not been happy. At. All.

I planned on making the move to Chicago, and even booked a flight for the morning of April 28th. I obviously did not make the move.

It gets better. I promise.

When I got back to LA, I was anxious & unhappy. Things just didn't feel right.

Here's the part where it gets better.

Two weeks ago, I came across a building in an area that I really like. I immediately contacted my realtor/friend who told me she knew I'd love the building. I filled out my application {without a co-signer} and waited to see if I would be accepted.

That day, I got a call. Turns out that I got the apartment. In Chicago. And I move in just a few months {with the pup}, as soon as the pup friendly unit becomes available.

See? I told you it got better.

I also spoke with a friend yesterday, and we are discussing my coming out to stay with her for a visit. One thing that really made me feel like I needed to do this was the amazing support of new friends that I hardly know. I actually just got off the phone with one of them. And I have to take a trip out in the next month or so, because I need to walk around Chicago in a maxi dress and flip flops. I hear the summers in Chi-town are amaaaazing.

Now don't get me wrong. I am still scared, but I met some really great people in a pretty short time span and am confident that I'll meet even more. This is only the beginning. And when I miss my people back in LA, they are just a few hours away by plane. Since I conquered that fear of flying, it shouldn't be an issue. I'll bet I can even lure a few friends out for a visit.

While this is hands down the most difficult thing that I have faced so far, I keep holding on to the fact that that I do not want my story to be "I took this trip to Chicago, loved it, went back for 5 weeks and really loved it, and almost moved there but didn't because I was too afraid". I would spend the rest of my life wondering what would have been. So I am committing to a one year lease. One tiny little year. It has already been over 3 months since I left for Chicago. I mean, we're almost 1/2 way to Christmas. Time flies.

I am so glad that my story will be "I took this trip to Chicago, loved it, went back for 5 weeks and really loved it, so I packed my things and moved there." I can't wait to find out what happens next.

19 comments:

  1. YAY!! That is SUCH AWESOME news!! (I thought i had missed the update somewhere along the way and had been wondering where you were living!ha!) It's amazing how God works things out for us, and it's in HIS timing that things become the MOST perfect. SO happy for you! Now the best part is that you have a little time to just enjoy being in LA before moving, knowing that life is coming together in a new place so easily, and that you can ALWAYS come back to LA in the future. You already love Chicago so life there will only become so much more amazing! YAY YAY YAY! :)

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  2. you're doing the right thing. whether this is IT for you or you ultimately move back to LA, you'll always be able to say you took the road less traveled. i'm proud of you.

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  3. Danielle, I am so tremendously happy for you! I wish you nothing but the best and am blown away by your bravery.

    XO*Tricia

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  4. Oh, Danielle... I am so, so, SO, SO thrilled for you! this is fantastic. God is obviously guiding you and opening doors! and, I, myself would also be terrified... really, I know I would. This is the sort of thing that scares me... and I really admire that you are actually doing this! God is so good.

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  5. Good for you! I could tell you were so happy in Chicago just from your postings, well other than the spirits and that crazy girl.

    I can't wait to hear about all your adventures.

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  6. Congrats!!! I knew you'd get there sooner or later. And what's 1 little eyar anyways. But, just look at my life in 1 little year. :)

    I'm SOOOOO happy for you!

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  7. Sooooooo happy for you and prooooud of you!!!! Love you :)

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  8. whoo hoo!!! I was waiting for the update, and it is better than I imagined it would be...so so proud of you!!! xoxo

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  9. I am so happy things are working out. It just sounds so exciting! I can't wait till you get to Chicago and have so many fun things to blog about!

    Yay!

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  10. Yeah that is so exciting!!! I hope you love it and it's everything you hoped for and more! And now I can visit you when we visit M's bro!

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  11. Yay! Congratulations!! A year will go fast, but I know you will love it!

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  12. That is fantastic news! You will LOVE Chicago. Although I don't live in the city, I am 2 hours away, and I love it, even though I don't get there very often.

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  13. It feels weird to type this since I don't know you personally, but I am just beaming with pride! For the last few years (yes, YEARS!) that I've been reading your blog I've thought- if only she could get out of LA- it's just not suiting her. So I'm thrilled to hear that you faced the uncertainties you feel and will be giving it a try. Can't wait to hear how things develop in Chicago. Best of luck!

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  14. I can't remember how I found your blog, but I love it! And I especially love this post. If this helps at all, I left college in North Carolina and moved to Boston to volunteer for an entire year, having never been to Boston before. Talk about a culture shock! It was fun and exhilarating until one day I had a panic attack. Long story short, I got beyond the panic attack, embraced the changes and enjoyed the experience.

    You are doing the right thing. It's like that quote, "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore". You are courageous. Good luck!

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  15. Congrats!!! I'm very happy for you. It's going to be a great journey.

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  16. D, I am so proud of you! You're such as inspiration!

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  17. Girl, I am so proud of you. For taking chances and following that nudge that is getting you going. And the nudge that told you to take a chance on this new place that sounds divine. It's one year in a long life that will have many adventures you'll add to the list.

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  18. AWESOME! Can I come visit!? LOL I LOVE LOVE LOVE Chicago! haha. Almost moved there, myself. IF I had landed that job, that is. lol So, way cool for you, hun!

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  19. I've been wondering about this!!! SO EXCITING!! I'll definitely come visit someday! Never been!

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