This week marks one year in Chicago. Can you believe it? On one hand, it seems like just yesterday that I flew into town, a couple suitcases in hand, on a snowy winter day. On the other hand, I can’t believe how many big life changes and cool experiences I’ve had this past year!
My friend Jen recently asked me if I was happy that I moved to Chicago. And the answer is an overwhelming YES! I can’t begin to explain how much I’ve learned over the past year. On the work front, I not only started a new position at a new company, but it was also a new field for me. It’s been great to use the skills I’ve developed over the years in a completely novel and challenging way. I also learned to be more independent than ever; a necessity when you move so far away from your support network of friends and family back home. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There is just something so exciting and refreshing about diving into the unknown; a certain rush that comes with trying something new. Who knew that I craved change so much?
I think the biggest challenge with moving is finding a great group of people to hang out with. Given that it took me a solid year in NYC to develop a close group of friends, I prepared myself for the same here in Chicago. But little did I know about the Midwest Charm and the way that everyone is so hospitable and social here! I was pleasantly surprised to find myself making friends left and right, and I was quickly welcomed into an amazing circle of people. I think it really hit me at my birthday party last summer; I couldn’t believe how many people turned out to celebrate!
I also had a bunch of visitors! The perk of being in central location (and a city that is host to a plethora of medical conferences!).
Another big life change? After years of HGTV dreams, I finally became a homeowner! Though the walls have yet to be painted, and there are still a few boxes to be unpacked, it is an amazing feeling to have a place of my own.
With all of that in mind, there’s really nothing else I could have asked for. And there’s no place else I’d rather be! For now, Chicago feels like home 🙂