A Toast to Chicago
Though I was ready to move on after living in the city for almost five years when I finally packed my bags for good this past August, it was heartbreaking to say goodbye to a place that held so many memories and new experiences in my life.
It was the first place that made me feel like a true adult, making my own decisions and living in big girl apartments.
It gave me my first real professional opportunities and introduced me to so many great mentors.
It established public transportation as my main mode of getting around. At first, commuting kind of freaked me out--especially after an episode of wandering around for three hours trying to find the Red Line and somehow winding up in Greektown from Union Station when I first went to the city by myself--but eventually I got the hang of it.
It taught me how to be responsible, caring for a pet all on my own and keeping on top of paying my bills.
And it showed me so much beauty in every day.
Above all else, it brought so many incredible people into my life who have helped shape me into who I am today.
Can't wait for this weekend full of friends and fun in a city I adore so much. Chicago, I raise my glass to you.