Can you believe it’s July?! One year ago today, I was boarding my one-way flight from New York to Chicago, so anxious for what the future held. Hindsight’s always 20/20, but I wish I could have told myself to chill the F out. Reflecting on the past year, it’s been a pretty good one! Lots of ups, definitely some downs, but a lot more good days than bad. Who knows what will happen in the future or where I’ll end up next, but I’m definitely enjoying the ride.
Chicago has it’s pros and cons, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m probably pretty harsh when it comes to the comparison game. You know I love a good analogy, but it’s kind of like New York is that “perfect guy” who is so good-looking, funny, charming, dresses well, has a great family, job, apartment, etc. He’s literally perfect except the little issues you like to forget… he’s a pathological liar and cheats on you over and over again. Chicago is the nice guy that’s almost, like, too nice, but he’s a really great, well-rounded, down-to-Earth guy. Mr. Perfect broke up with you (kicked your ass to the curb one day after work) and now you’ve somehow found yourself dating Mr. Nice Guy for a whole year now. (One of those rebound things that just kind of lasted… You know?) It’s all good and you really can’t complain. But Mr. Nice Guy just ISN’T Mr. Perfect, and he never will be. (Which is both good and bad!) But you’re always going to be comparing Mr. Nice Guy to Mr. Perfect. Does that make sense?
Bottom line: I’m actually pretty happy here for now. Do I know if I’ll marry Mr. Nice Guy? No fucking clue. My guess is probably not, but it’s fun for right now. Will I ever get back together with Mr. Perfect? If he goes through counseling and finally gets his shit together and proposes with a big ass ring, I’d consider it. Maybe we’d get back together for a few years and break up again, who knows. I’ll admit that I fantasize about that often! But I can’t forget how Mr. Nice Guy treats me so well. In a perfect world, it would be okay to just date both of them at the same time. I have to remember there are plenty of other fish in the sea, too!
How’s that for some cryptic messaging?! I feel like I could go on and on with the analogies, but it’s after 2:30am and I need to get some sleep before my meetings in the morning. I do get a lot of questions about life post New York, what I like/don’t like about Chicago, if I miss New York, if I want to move back, how the transition has been, where else I would move, etc. So if that’s something you want me to chat about on the blog, let me know! If you’re interested, I’ll take a bit more time to write something worth reading, instead of my cryptic code with analogies at two o’clock in the morning. And if you have any specific questions, leave them in the comments, shoot me an email, or find me on social media. Happy to honestly answer!
Whoa, sorry to get so deep on a Friday. On a holiday weekend, no less! But I’ve seen July 1 creeping up on the calendar, and I just felt compelled to say something publishing this post. I hope you all have such an amazing long weekend with friends and family! Enjoy some time soaking up the sun (with SPF, of course) and I’ll see you back here next week. Lots of fun posts planed for the blog this month! xo
The skyline and having a beach so close to the city are definitely both on the “pro” list for Chicago! This grassy little knoll between Oak Street Beach and North Avenue Beach is kind of my happy place here. It’s a pretty easy walk from my apartment and there’s just something about the water and this view that instantly relaxes me. A great spot to go for a picnic, to read on a blanket, or just to clear your head.
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