Monday, August 07, 2017

13 months.

we lived here in our "new city" for 13 months & last week we moved back home a year earlier than originally planned. originally the plan was to be down here for both years of the graduate program, so it would have been 23 months. when i found out that i could finish my second year of classes at the satellite campus and i was offered my top internship pick back home, the opportunity was too good to pass up!

although it's only been a year, this place has started to feel like home. it only took 13 months for the hottest city in the world to capture our hearts despite the heat & humidity. we have our favorite places and our favorite people. our favorites delis and our favorite used bookstores. our favorite parks and hiking trails. our favorite coffee places & cupcakes places. ;) we have our routines, our favorite back roads, our favorite time to go out to the lake and catch the sunset.

i've learned a lot about myself and i have grown. it was nice to have so much space this first year of grad school as i got used to the routine and not having any free time. honestly, i was glad not to have weekend plans because i spent almost every weekend doing school work anyways. it was so nice living close to my internship and summer job, and any store we needed to go to. it was nice living so close to the zoo & having memberships so we could just chill each time we visited.

it is a bit scary to think about moving to a place where no one knows you, but i think it forces you to confront yourself. it allows you to figure out who you are and who you want to be without those other voices telling you who they think you should be. these past 13 months have given me the freedom and space to process through life and what i want moving forward. it has been a nice break from the "should" so i could contemplate the "could" and "would." these past 13 months have been everything i needed them to be. and while i am excited for the next 13 months and everything they hold, i am sad to see this time in this city go. it will always hold a special place in my heart. i will always think of it as our second home.

what is your favorite part of the city you live in?

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