I can’t believe I’m saying this – but last Wednesday marked one year since moving to Chicago! It’s been an interesting (and fun) year to say the least, but I am definitely glad that this is my home for now. With that said, I thought it might be fun to share some of the things that I’ve learned since moving here! Let’s get started.
Now I’m sure my parents would disagree with this (LOL), but I feel like I’ve truly gained a new sense of independence since moving here. I moved to a brand-new city on my own, and pretty much knew just three people upon my arrival. I’m grateful to have made great friends since then, but often have moments where I think that everyone I know is in Cleveland and that I’m missing out. That is until I realize that I am so blessed to be living in such an amazing city that is just full of opportunities! Not knowing many familiar faces has also forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and be okay with doing tons of things by myself… and there’s nothing wrong with that. Now if I want to explore the city, I don’t feel weird if someone doesn’t come with me. In fact, I’ve actually grown to love doing some things alone (only child syndrome), and it feels super rewarding knowing that I don’t have to rely on anyone else. I’d also like to think that I’ve become quite the handy woman 😉
Everyone Has Their Own Journey
There have been so many times this past year when I have compared myself to others and felt down. Although it’s still a bit of a challenge – I’ve grown to accept that everyone has a different journey and you can’t compare yourself to anyone… we all have different beginnings, middles and ends. Sometimes it’s tough to see the various things that people are doing, but I try to remember that God has a plan and I’m just along for the ride. I have to sit back and enjoy!
Soak in Every Moment
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in things that are out of my control, that I forget to just let go and enjoy the moment. I’ll think about something that won’t happen until years down the road, until I realize that I have to be more present and just enjoy where I’m at right now. On a smaller scale, my friends will tell you that I used to LOVE my bed freshman year (trust me, they still talk about it), but now I’m barely in it! I’m always doing new things on the weekend and trying to take advantage of life while I can. There’s been so many weekends where I wish it will rain so I have a valid excuse to stay inside my apartment! However, my favorite saying that everyone hates is, “When you look back on life, you’re never going to say you were happy you stayed in the bed that one day!” Chicago has brought out a new me!
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