Self Improvement

The best thing I ever did.

Just 17 days after moving to Chicago {and exactly 1 month before my 28th birthday} I can say without any hesitation that this move is the best thing that I have ever done. I am still finding myself & have so much to figure out, but for the first time in my life I am truly happy. I love this city & cannot imagine living anywhere else.

For as long as I could remember I had this plan. I was supposed to be married by 28 and a mom by 30. It’s a pretty safe bet that those things will not be happening any time soon & I am completely ok with that. Believe it or not, I am actually happy it worked out this way. I had to reach a point where nothing felt right to make this change, & had I not been unhappy with my life in LA, I would not be living in Chicago.

I questioned this move once right after I got to my apartment, and that uncertainty lasted for all of 5 minutes. The only moments that have taken place since have been ones of happiness. That’s not to say that there will not be rough patches. I have to assume they’ll come because it’s impossible to imagine that everything can be this good. I have never felt this happy and on some level think that I don’t know what to do with myself. I definitely have plans to start a new career & make my current job part time. I just have to figure out what my next step will be. There are a handful of things I would love to pursue. Until I figure that out, you can bet that I’ll be enjoying my life here in Chicago.

Since I am officially training for my first 5k, I headed to the beach with a friend for a run yesterday. This was my first time visiting the beach & I absolutely loved it! When we turned around and I saw this, I had one of those amazing “I live here” moments. Such a great feeling. I took the new photo in my banner with my iPhone as well. Love that it was taken during my first run on the beach.


Things definitely didn’t turn out how I thought I wanted them to, but I am definitely exactly where I am supposed to be.

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. – Oprah
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  • This made me almost… shed a tear… I guess because I have been EXACTLY there- just where you said- it all was no NOT what I wanted in DC I made the change and for the first time felt in control of my life, and dreams.

    I always say if something goes wrong, let it go wrong in Chicago- bc you could not be in better company or a nicer place.

    It looks like you you took this at about N Ave right?
    I have those I Live Here Moments Every day…. and this is a great thing… they never go away.

  • I am beyond thrilled that you are so happy!!!!! And this encourages me so much!!!

  • Congrats on being HAPPY. 🙂

    Beautiful picture and love the new look.

  • I'm so happy for you! And I love your new banner, and don't you love how the iphone can take such great photos? I have more of my daughter on that thing than my nice camera 🙂

    So happy you're loving chi town!

  • SOO glad you are here too!!! There will always be ups and downs and plans laid out, but where you choose to go in life is where you are meant to be!

  • 🙂 parts of this post remind me so much of my most recent post…same feelings about not being where we thought we would be but knowing where we are is where we should be…and being okay with it.

    i am so happy things are working out for you in Chicago and that you love it as much as you do. it's such an awesome feeling when you take a risk and are rewarded 🙂

    Good luck training for your 5k! When I get to India jogging is something I'm hoping to take up (for some reason I have this picture of myself jogging through the park in the early morning….lmao)

  • Girl, you have no idea but you're my inspiration when it comes to starting new and going for whatever you want in life. I'm so happy you're enjoying life and the city. One day I hope I can make it to wonderful Chicago!!! 🙂