25 years. A quarter of a century. Wow, I feel old. As I reflect back, especially on this past year, I can’t even to begin to comprehend how far my life has taken me. I graduated college and just moved my whole life up here to the city on a whim. I rented an apartment because they weren’t doing security deposits and I didn’t have a lot of money. Something was just calling me to the city. I tried to justify it by saying, “my boyfriend lived up here”, or I even told someone that I wanted to move to the city because it was hipster. (wow, I really have changed in a year). I didn’t have a job, didn’t really know anyone up here and I’m kind of far from my family, that it’s sort of inconvenient to see them a lot. I used to live 30 minutes away from my dad, so when my car broke down or something went wrong, he could stop by on the way home from work and fix it. Now, not so much. I paid $400 for something to get fixed on my car the other day, when my dad could have done it for $100. Such is life I guess. When I got up here, I had to start looking for work in order to pay for the next month’s rent. I looked everywhere and even resorted to serving jobs. I finally got a job at Starbucks and they became the family I didn’t have up here. My shift manager was “Mom”, and saw us all as her kids. I got rides from all of my partners when my car was broken down for a week during last December’s snowstorm. I’m even planning on having one or two partners in my wedding party one day.
Last Christmas, I met Matt. We met at a little coffee shop for our first date, and my life has changed ever since. We sat and talked for 8 hours that night, and I wouldn’t trade that night or any of the nights following for anything in the world. Since that night, I’ve fallen in love with that man, and I’m so excited to see what the future with him holds. I know it won’t be boring!
As you probably know if you’ve read any of my other posts, Matt and I have our own place now, and it’s been an adventure making that place into a home. I’m relearning how to use a lawn mower, something I haven’t done since I was about 11. We’ve been decorating and making it homey. And I love it.
This past year, I have grown so much. I went from being on my own, just trying to make ends meet, to now having a job where I’m doing well for myself, working in my career field, planning a future with Matt and learning how to be an adult. I’m not perfect, I’ve got a lot to work on myself, but I’m learning. And I’m proud of myself.