Five years ago today, I loaded up my Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, waved goodbye to my parents, and headed north. Fresh out of college, I had accepted a job in Atlanta doing graphic design work for a small advertising agency. I was so excited to be starting my post-college life, yet so scared. I knew I was lucky to be able to land a job in Atlanta even though I wasn’t living there, with very little experience in my field and graduated from a college that very few in Atlanta are familiar with. I was excited to get my first apartment, decorate it how I wanted, and make a home for me and my kitties.
I was also very scared. Little girl in a big city! So many unknowns, so many things to figure out without my parents or close friends nearby.
It all turned out well, as you now know. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I made that move! I remember writing to my future boss, when he asked me why Atlanta. I remember trying to capture in words the love I felt for the city I was born in and always wanted to return to, someday. That first year after I moved here was such a great year, full of growing and strengthening. And here I am.
I still get a little thrill every time I see the skyline of Atlanta – my city, my home! I love learning new things about this place. I love being part of the community that’s here. I love the friends I have made, the relationships I have formed, the bonds I have created.
Who knows what God has in store for us in the future? But for now, it’s been a fun five years! I feel like I’ve grown up soooo much since that day I drove up to start my new job.