It's Been One Year

August 12, 2014 || I left my hometown with two big roller bags, a carry on, and my pillow. I began the journey to Boston. It was a long travel day. I, with my parents, flew from Fresno to San Francisco to Chicago to Boston. We arrived late on Tuesday night. I remember flying into the city and seeing it all lit up. I couldn't believe I would be starting my next chapter in the city. Everything seemed surreal.

After stepping off the plane and getting some sleep, the next few days were all about figuring out where I would be living. Fortunately, I found a place to live in a short amount of time that was available immediately. I got the apartment the day before my parents would be leaving. I remember bawling like a baby the night before they were supposed to fly out. I'll admit it - I was scared, I had some second thoughts about it, but I knew I wanted to stay.

Before I left home, I gave myself a time frame to decide if I really liked living here or not. I told myself to give it a year before I decided to move back home. A year would give me plenty of time to make friends and settle in. Within a few months, I made friends from Meetup, a bus stop, and work. I began figuring my way around the city - but not without getting lost so many times. There were countless times where I felt so turned around. I began adapting to my new home.

August 12, 2015 || It's been a year. A lot of things have happened over the course of the year. Here are some highlights of the past year: >> I've figured out how to live in snow. I survived the 108 inches of snow that fell this winter. >> I attended Red Sox games >> I was in Boston when the Patriots won the Superbowl >> I saw Julian Edelman when I waited in line to see him at the Puma Store >> I saw the Best Buddies Football Challenge game where Tom Brady QB'd, and other Patriots players were there to play with kids with special needs >> I've been to East Coast beaches. They aren't California beaches, but I'll take it. >> NYC >> Job promotion >> I met Dave Coulier {{ aka Joey from Full House }} >> I learned how to assemble a lot of furniture >> I learned how to kill creepy crawly bugs {{ has never been a favorite thing of mine }} >> I lost 25 pounds - most of the weight was lost just by walking. Never underestimate the power of walking >> I was part of a flash mob >> I figured out I could cook more than five things - and they actually tasted good

Looking Back || When I began to tell people I was planning on moving to Boston {{ before it was official }} - people were skeptical. I don't blame them for being skeptical, I mean, I didn't know a n y b o d y before moving out to Boston. I literally moved to Massachusetts with some of my clothes, toiletry essentials, and a few basic things to get me by. I'm pretty sure a lot of people at work thought I was insanely crazy for ever leaving California. Occasionally I get the "You're so badass for doing that" but really, everyone thinks I'm a crazy Californian.

Yeah, looking back, I can see how I seem like a crazy person for wanting to move here, but I don't regret it. At all. People probably thought I would be running back home after the year was over - especially after this horrendous winter. But, I was determined to make it out here. To prove to people that I could pick up and move to a place where no one would know me and be okay. I didn't want this to be my one regret in life. It was my now or never moment. I always knew I could do it, so for me to be able to sit here and write that I made it a year puts a big smile on my face.

I made it. As some of my family members have put it, I have "blossomed" since moving here. I'm not the shy little girl some remember me to be anymore. I'm thriving in the big city and am absolutely loving every single second of it. I don't plan on moving anywhere else any time soon. I'm sorry Boston, but you can't get rid of this crazy Californian that easily.

If you're someone who is thinking of making a big plunge and moving to somewhere you've never gone, do it. There's a high chance you won't regret it.

If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough - unknown.

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