5 years back

Twenty-Something Bloggers, that massive network of personal bloggers, is turning 5 this week. And as part of the celebration, we’re hosting a blog carnival (sponsored by GlassesUSA.com).

As part of the Executive Board, we shared our carnival letters to ourselves from 5 years ago on the 20sb blog. So, you can read my letter there… However, I do want to share some highlights from the past five years…

I moved to Chicago. Yep. Five years ago this month I moved to Chicago. I had just graduated from college, and was super excited about moving to Chicago with (but not as roommates) my friend Chrissy. Granted, Chrissy moved back home about a month into it… but I stayed and Chicago definitely has become my home now. I absolutely love it here.

I adopted the kittens. Though they’re a handful, I love these little furballs. It’s kind of weird now, because every so often I look at them and go “YOU’RE A CAT!”… I still picture them as my teeny tiny kittens…

I met Mucca Pazza. Four years ago, also this month, my friend Josiah invited me to Andersonville’s Midsommarfest. “There’s this band you’ll love…” A bit of an understatement. You’d have to be absolutely new to my blog to not know that I consider this bunch of band nerds my Chicago Family. (LYA, Muccas!)

I gained another mom. We welcomed Cynthia into our family, and I am so grateful for all that she brings. I know my (half) sisters miss their mom, as I do too, but I do believe that Cynthia has opened them to new worlds and possibilities.

Oh the jobs I’ve had… From working as a nanny, to working in a biological imaging lab with lasers and liquid nitrogen and a 56″ poster printer, to managing a toy store, to running a school… There were ups and downs and some really not pretty moments, but there was some fun times there.

Hello, Endo. Not a happy thing, but still a big part of these five years. It tested me, and still does. I’m learning to adjust not only my diet, but just my regular habits. I still have hard days, painful days, but overall, I’ve pushed through it and I can definitely say my self-esteem is a lot better.

I pursued passions. Summer writing conference. A Stanford writing course. Writing workshop. Portfolio School. The Graham School’s Writer’s Studio. Not to mention all the crazy side projects I’ve started over these 5 years…

I don’t know if I would change much. There were definite not-good moments. But I’m happy. I’ve got some pretty awesome people in my life. I get to do some pretty cool things. Life isn’t that bad.

“These next five years in Chicago are going to be amazing, once you get to look back on them.

Relax, you’re amazing”