I don't really need to get into my reasons for leaving NYC behind, since I did that here. I really don't even need to talk about how fabulous my first year in Pittsburgh was, since I did that here. But what I will say is this.
WHAT A RIDE IT'S BEEN.
I've now left Pittsburgh behind as well and moved to the City of Angels. Yes, I'm an Angeleno now. (Well, aside from the fact that I still need to get my California driver's license, but that's happening soon, I promise.) Various circumstances contributed to my decision to leave the Burgh for warmer pastures -- and, honestly, the warm weather wasn't even the biggest contributing factor. A wealth of job opportunities, good friends and the promise of happier and healthier times awaited me in L.A.
That's not to say I didn't have some good times in Pittsburgh, too, because I did. I made some lifelong friends, had a -- shall we say, INTERESTING -- job experience, discovered more about myself than what I even thought I still could. And I'm grateful for all of that.
But what leaving NYC has really shown me, above all else, is that I can and will persevere no matter what obstacles and hurdles are thrown in my way. I won't settle for less than what I think I deserve -- in jobs, in relationships, in friendships, in apartments, in my life in general. I will work toward making my life what I want it to be and I will strive to accomplish that no matter what.
Two years ago, I never would have seen myself living in Los Angeles. I certainly wouldn't have thought I'd drive across the country to do it. But here I am, ready to end 2015 and start 2016 with a clear head and full heart.
So, thanks for the memories, NYC. And thanks for helping to shape me into the woman I have become. I can't wait to see what comes next.