It has been three months since I returned from Thailand and man, is it nice to be home! Sometimes I feel like it was all a dream and that I’m finally living in real life again. It’s been crazy looking back at my social media posts and pictures from a year ago. I took so many incredible memories home with me and I’m so grateful for the experience, but I won’t be rushing back out of the country any time soon.
In fact, I’ll be living in Boston with my boyfriend, Michael, beginning February 1st! We signed a lease for an adorable one-bedroom apartment on the Medford/Somerville line near Davis Square. The job hunt is in full force as I’m searching for an entry-level marketing position in the city.
I’m glad to have something exciting to look forward to because coming home didn’t really go the way I expected. When I used to come home from college, all my friends were home visiting too and it was so exciting to see everyone and hear about what they’ve been up to.
After five years, I made my triumphant return to the Seacoast, so proud of myself for how much I’ve grown and all I’ve accomplished, but I wasn’t welcomed with the same enthusiasm and was disappointed to realize that everyone else has moved on with their lives. How dare they.
My friends who stayed local have their own busy schedules to manage and the ones who moved away aren’t coming home for a month-long winter break anymore. After feeling confused and lonely for a week or two, I thought it was time I jumped into my own routine.
I returned to my job as a barista at the surf shop and spent some time traveling the east coast to catch up with friends and family. I spent Christmas and Hanukkah with my parents, siblings, niece and nephews in Maryland, and rang in the New Year with Michael’s college buddies in Baltimore.
I’m not really one for resolutions (although Michael and I are trying to do the Whole30), but I’m definitely excited for what this year has in store for me.
What’s in store for my blog, you might ask, now that I’m done gallivanting around Asia? Probably a plethora of things, from thoughts and reflections to recipes to products I’m loving. I hope you’ll stick with me and keep reading as I tackle the next chapter: adulting.