Most people know and have read that I live in Washington, D.C. and my hometown is Pittsburgh. To my core I consider both of these places home. Pittsburgh is where I was born and raised. My entire family is there along with my very best friends that I've known for over 15 years and are basically my sisters.
But, D.C. is my new home. The one I've completely built for myself. Complete with countless groups of friends, friends that have become family, networks of colleagues, my very own apartment, and a sense of pride in having these things after coming down here knowing absolutely no one.
Exactly seven years ago I moved to Washington, D.C. to attend undergrad at George Mason University. Not many people from my high school left Pittsburgh and none came down to Washington, D.C. I was starting from scratch and was absolutely terrified.
Fast forward to today I completed my degree at GMU, completed my Master's at the Institute of World Politics, and started a second Master's at Penn State online. I've had 3 different full-time career-level jobs that have continuously challenged me and allowed me to grow. The most recent is a job that I could see my self staying in for the long-run. I've bought a car that I never in a million years could have imagined to drive. I live in my own apartment very comfortably and I've adopted a kitten to help me occupy the space.
More importantly I've met some of the best people that occupy this world. In every stage of my adventures here in D.C. I have met people that challenge me, motivate me, encourage me, and stand by me. My day-to-day is so very busy because I have the opportunity to spend time with all of these amazing humans.
There really is no specific point for today's post but to celebrate my 7-year mark of being in D.C. I wanted to express a bit of pride but more-so, a bit of gratitude, for this amazing journey that's only to be continued, in Washington, D.C.