Saying goodbye to a town I love
So far, 2017 has been the year of doing stuff that scares me.
In March, I put in my notice at my job — a job that I loved. A job that I liked waking up every day for, and that I did fulfilling work during.
That week, I started my own business. A business that is doing incredibly well in just a few weeks. (If you’re interested, you can learn more about that here)
And now, I’m moving to a new city, and leaving a town that I’ve absolutely adored for more than eight years.
I came to Indiana to start college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009. I had an attachment to its small-town charm from Day 1. When I was offered a job at The Indiana Gazette right out of school, I was thrilled to be able to stay in the community that I loved so much.
Since then, I’ve grown fond of walking my dogs through the tree-lined streets, visiting my favorite boutiques on Philadelphia Street and going to downtown festivals. And, of course, I love hearing Jimmy Stewart’s voice letting me know it’s OK to cross the street.
Indiana is the place that I met my truest friends. The place where I figured out myself. The place where I adopted my three furry buddies. The place where I met my boyfriend.
And the place where I became the person with enough courage to leave.
Moving is scary.
And it’s scary because I’ve gotten so comfortable here, in my little white house on the hill, living a perfectly happy life.
But I know, in order to grow, I need to try something new. So this weekend, I’ll be leaving Indiana to start my next adventure in the State College area.
I’ll still be living in a lovely small town, Bellefonte. Which will be great, because I’ll have the small-town life that I enjoy so much, with a big(ish) city right next door.
The best part of all of it, is that I already know I’ll love it. I’ll love the new little white house that I’m moving into, in the not-quite-as-cute part of town. I’ll love trying new things, and meeting new people.
So make sure to keep up with Life Disconnected as I navigate this next part of life — I’ll be posting more frequently about moving, decorating my new home, and of course, exploring my new community.
Here are some photos of my favorite Indiana moments and friends (and I couldn’t save nearly enough of them to post here):