1 year down

Today marks the day of my one year anniversary of living in NYC!If you asked me 12 months ago about this day, I would have said "Only 1 year? Pshh, I have another 5 left". If you asked me 8 months ago about this day, I would have said "I'm leaving, and never coming back!". If you asked me 5 months ago about this day, I would have said "Okay, I can make it that long". If you asked me 3 months ago about this day, I would have said "This is my home now. Bring on another undetermined number of of years!".

And today, I feel the same way. It finally feels like home. I know the nuances of my neighborhood. The cracks in the sidewalks on my walk home. The bars and restaurants all around me. The best places in the park. The specific place to stand in my Subway stop so water doesn't drip on my head. It's become my home. In April, I went to Atlanta for the Final Four and to see some friends, and when I got on that airplane to come back to NY, it really felt like I was coming home. My tiny apartment, with it's painted walls and creaking floors, is my home, and for the first time, it felt like that.

Don't get me wrong, my relationship with NYC has been my toughest relationship to date. One minute I'm high on life. The next minute I'm wishing for the steadiness of where I came from. But over time, I've gotten better at accepting the lows that come with NYC because I know there is something better to come the next minute, hour, or day.

Obviously, my goals I set for 2013 were never met. My job overtook my life, and I was okay with that. I learned a lot, I did a lot. But now I have a new role at the same company, that will hopefully offer me a better work-life balance. Hopefully that leads to more blog posts (*crosses fingers*).

To commemorate this anniversary, here are the standout moments of my first year as a New Yorker (in no particular order):

Of course I miss the Midwest, and most importantly, my family and friends. But for the time being, NYC has been amazing to me. I'll continue with the ups and downs, and figure it out day by day.