Gorgeous Chicago skyline
It's been two years. Two incredible, scary, fun, happy, sometimes-lonely-but-wonderful years. There are still days it doesn't feel real. I look out the window and don't know how I ended up here. But I smile every single time I see that gorgeous skyline. This is exactly where I am supposed to be, and I am so grateful for every single moment that I've spent here. I grew in ways I never thought I would.
In many ways I am still that same girl that I used to be. Same values. Same heart. Same awesome personality (ha). Same sense of humor. But I am so much more open than I used to be. Moving to a new city where I knew no one forced me to put myself out there. I have become less neurotic. I have learned a thing or two. I have a good sense of who I am and what I want out of life. And while it hasn't always been easy (it still isn't easy), this move is the greatest thing that I have ever done for myself.
My first blizzard. View from my old apartment that I was too afraid to share because it pinpointed my exact location.
I survived a blizzard, went boating on Lake Michigan, have made some truly wonderful friends, and of course, launched The Everygirl with my business-partner-turned-best-friend Alaina. For the first time in my 20s, I have found and stuck to a workout routine with CrossFit. I cannot imagine where I'd be had I not made this move. Every time I see the skyline or go for a walk by the lake, I am blown away by how beautiful this city is. I live here. People regularly ask why I chose Chicago and I always say the same thing – it seemed like a nice city and my car lease was up. I did not move for a job. There wasn't really a reason that I settled on Chicago other than I knew I needed a change, and it just felt right.
My first Chicago apartment.
Here are a few posts I've written about my move to Chicago:
Journey to Chicago (It's LONG but is one of my favorite posts)
The best thing I ever did
One year in Chicago
And go Bears!