That's right. It's planned. I broke my lease, I gave my notice at work, and by May 15th I will have nowhere to hang my hat in the good old Commonwealth. I am working on securing an apartment in West Chester, PA (where Justin lives). I am ready for this. I have had a lot of fun in Boston, but I feel like my time here is ready to be up. Since making the decision to move and making the appropriate plans, I've been thinking a lot about the past 2.5 years that I've spent in Boston.
Santina and I moved down here in the winter of 2005. We lived in Medford for a short period of time, but quickly moved and settled into our apartment in Cambridge near Harvard Square. Previously, we were both living in upstate NY and not really doing that much. Santina knew she was going back to school at Simmons and would have to move down to Boston in order to do that. I was working in Plattsburgh at a small ad agency and living at home. I had been dealing with my Dad's accident for almost the entire 9 months I was in Plattsburgh, and I was ready distance myself from that a bit. I also think both me and Santina were subconsciously trying to escape some other less than ideal conditions in our lives. We didn't know each other that well before we decided to move together, but it I think we quickly learned that it was going to be great! Santina and I became best friends and awesome room mates, and there are so many great memories of our time in Boston that I will continue to think about for a very long time.
Professionally, moving to Boston was the best thing I could have done. My career in online advertising took off. Career-wise, I know that I am taking a risk by making this move. Since taking time off from work is one of my other goals, I'll talk more about this in a future post. Personally, my time in Boston was very enriching also. I've made a lot of new friends and acquaintances and I was even a regular at a wonderful knitting group while I lived in Cambridge. I've proved to myself that I can live far away from home and be ok, better even. I'm living in an apartment by myself in Boston, and the only person who made that happen is me. I've proved that, financially, I can take care of myself in a big city. Now, this move gives me the opportunity to prove that I can take care of myself personally also. The biggest lesson Boston has taught me is that I can do something just because I want to. I don't need any other reason other than that to make any decision. I wanted to move to Boston, so I did. Now I want to move out, so I am. It sounds like a simple concept, but this was a serious mental hurdle for me, and it took a lot of courage for me to do this and start thinking this way.
Boston has been good to me, but I am glad to be moving on. I am very excited for this move, and for this new chapter in my life to begin.