to chicago, by way of austin.

So yes, everyone knows that today is Cinco de Mayo (Mexico’s own version of St. Patrick’s Day here in the States). But this day holds a certain kind of significance for me, and it has nothing to do with defeating the French.

A year ago today, I officially left my old job in Austin. It wasn’t bittersweet or anything; I had told them months in advance that I was planning to move back to Chicago once my lease was up. They were gracious about it and appreciated the year and a half I had put into working for the company. They even threw me a hilarious Cinco de Mayo farewell party, complete with tacos from Torchy’s and a piñata. Then, a week later (after coming to Chicago to see friends and apartment hunt and doing some couch-surfing), I got in my car, said goodbye to Austin and drove to my tiny hometown.

Leaving that job was monumental for me because it meant leaving my first real post-college job. My first attempt at life after college. I wouldn’t consider said attempt successful by ANY means, but I still remain grateful for the learning experience. I made a lot of mistakes. I fell down, I got up again. I made friends. I lost friends. I ate and drank and was merry. I questioned everything and went through the first pangs of what would be a very long quarter-life crisis. I grew up.

I knew I was ready to leave Austin by the beginning of 2010 and slowly began taking the steps necessary to transition back to Chicago, my first love and favorite city ever. The move took me 6 months and here I am, a year later. It’s crazy to think about everything that’s happened since then. I still have a lot to figure out, but I finally feel like I’m getting there.

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2 thoughts on “to chicago, by way of austin.

  1. Carolina

    This is awesome!!

    I’m so jelly that you live in Chicago. Shoot, I’m even jelly you lived in Austin. Isn’t it amazing when we make difficult decisions that prove to be amazing growth experiences in hindsight? That’s what I love about blogging and looking back!

    Happy Cinco de Mayo and happy one year back in Chicago Day!

    Reply
    1. Dani Post author

      Thanks Carolina! It’s definitely been quite the journey, but I’m glad to have experienced every moment of it.

      And Happy Cinco de Mayo to you too. :)

      Reply

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