It’s been 730 days

I arrived in Chicago two years ago today. While I was not ready to commit to a permanent move, a sublease felt like something I could handle. I met some nice people, was thrilled when I made it to Trader Joe’s without getting lost and did lots of soul searching. I only met a few people and didn’t really have a reason to return once my lease was up. As we all know, that is not what happened.

It is amazing to see how much I have changed since writing this post two years ago. I was proud of taking a cab by myself. Sheltered, much? I was so scared but knew what I needed to do, and I did it. Even when I thought I couldn’t do this, things fell in to place. I woke up in tears every day for weeks wondering what I was doing and it didn’t hit me until I woke up by myself in Chicago and looked out the window. This happened for months. It still happens now. I live here.
A few favorite quotes from the past:

As scary as this is, it is an adventure of a lifetime and I want to take it all in. It will shape the person I become. I will meet friends I never would have met and will do things I never would have done. 

I made my plans, panicked, couldn’t sleep, stressed out, dreamed of my new life, shed lots of tears, ordered furniture and sat back as everything fell in to place. I cut off all my hair, walked away from an 8 year relationship and left the only life I ever knew. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but I would not trade the experience for anything.

Here I am two years later with the same little graphic design {& photography} business just weeks away from launching The Everygirl which launches this month!  I have made some wonderful friends and have created a nice little life for myself. It has not been easy & there are still days that I wonder what I am doing here. This move is the scariest/most rewarding thing that I have ever done. I am home.

Thank you to all of my readers who check in with me every day. On those days when I’m feeling lonely, I am able to connect with all of you and know that I am not alone.