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Boston, I have arrived!

Have you ever gone into a restaurant and asked for a table for one?
Before I got to Boston, I never went to dinner by myself.

On the night of my arrival, I sat at a Thai food place in Somerville looking at the empty chair across from me. It was the most empowering thing I’ve experienced! (Is that sad?)
I’m not sure why, but that empty chair was a sign – I actually made it.
I was (and still am) about 1,800 miles away from home.. alone!

Somerville, MA apartment
So, I’m subletting an apartment in Somerville for a full month with a host (she’s really cool) I found on AirBNB. It has allowed me to come here with only three pieces of luggage. This is probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done and I constantly have to pinch myself every time I walk along the neighborhood of beautiful colonial-style houses and neighborhoods.

Speaking of walking, I can’t get over how slowly I walk compared to everyone around me. I blame my short legs. Luckily I know I’m in for a good work out every time I decide to head to the city or to the next T Stop. Thank God for subways! A Charlie Card Link Pass is about $70 per month for unlimited travel on subway and buses. I spent about the same amount per week when I had to commute from Fort Worth to Dallas! However, that’s probably one of the only inexpensive comparisons I’ve found thus far.. but I’ll take it!

North End, Boston

I have my first interview tomorrow with a recruiter who specializes in my field, so we will see how that goes. I would love to finally be a contributing member to society. Until then, I’ll be wandering the city, spending time with my host’s cat and taking some free online courses to keep my brain occupied.

Wish me luck! By the way, I love encouraging comments from my small list of readers. 😉

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  • Jamika Campbell

    I am just so proud of you! This is the first step to the rest of your life. And what an amazing (and inspiring) step it is! (:
    By the way, the apartment is adorable <3

  • Marlin Jones

    Stephanie, What an awesome adventure. I know what it’s like to pack up and leave familiarity behind. Love it. Receive it. Enjoy it. Xoxoxo

    • Whew! Glad I’m not the only “crazy” person I know! Thanks Marlin!

  • Merlinda

    What a beautiful city you have found yourself in. Good luck tomorrow. Love the apt.

    • Yes you guys will have to come visit when it’s warmer. You’d love it! Thank you! 🙂

  • Love the blog, Stepho! Sending love and support your way!

  • Veronica

    Very proud of you Ross! The apartment is super cute! 🙂 You go girl.

    • Thanks Murph. That picture doesn’t even do it justice!! 😉

  • Gabby

    You are going to be amazing! I can’t wait to hear more!

    • Thanks Gabby! Glad I could entertain you in some way!

  • Rebecca

    So very proud of you and I look forward to following your journey!!! Best of Luck!!! Go will take Boston by storm I have no doubt! 🙂

  • Mary

    Well, you’re not a little girl anymore! Now is your time to shine and become the fun-loving and successful individual that you are destined to become! Hope you find the job you really want cuz its out there! Please be careful. P.S. this is great stuff!!

    • Yeah I’m inching my way closer to what I want! Whew!
      Thanks for reading.

      And I’m not sure who to go for… 49ers or the Pats! We’ll see. 😉

  • Mary

    Oh, btw, Go Pats???? uhhhh I meant Go Niners!!