As most of you know, this is my last weekend in NYC. As of Sunday, I'll officially be back home in Chicago.
The past year has been one of the craziest adventures of my life, and I wouldn't have done anything differently. I moved here, from Dallas, less then two weeks after graduating, only knowing a few people. As I quickly became unhappy at work, I started daydreaming about starting a blog.
Well, that became a reality. One I never thought possible.
As I close one chapter of my life, it is with bittersweet emotions that I begin the next. It's never easy to uproot your life, and move to a foreign place. However, I believe that you learn the most about yourself, and what you want from life, when you are put in new and unfamiliar situations.
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney
In the past five years, I've lived in Chicago, Dallas, Paris and New York.
When I moved to Dallas, I didn't think I could do it.
When I moved to Paris, I nearly freaked out.
I stayed and fell in love with the city.
When I moved to New York, I thought I was a nut case.
It was the best decision of my life.
I can't adequately put into words what this blog, and NYC has meant to me. And because I'm no good at goodbyes, I want to say
Thank you to my readers for reading every day.
Thank you for inspiring me.
Thank you for pushing me to be a better blogger.
Thank you to the bloggers I've met and love.
Thank you to New York for being the best jungle to learn and thrive in.
Thank you to my sister for always being by my side here.
Thank you to my brother and soon-to-be sister for giving me wise advice along the way.
Thank you to my Parent's for supporting my decisions, and allowing me to pursue my passions.
Thank you to the friends who dealt with late night phone calls.
After five years, four cities and endless boxes, I'm ready to call Chicago home.
"...to me it's so damn easy to see
that true people are the people at home.
Well, I've been away but now I'm back today,
and there ain't a place I'd rather go."