This article was sponsored by Fossil.
As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake
I had been playing around with the idea of a move for quite some time. Chicago has been the city I called home for the past four years. And even before living in the city, I grew up in the Chicagoland area. It was comfortable. Known. A safety net.
I don't dislike Chicago, nor am I upset that I lived there. In fact it is quite the opposite. When I moved into the city, I was trying to figure out my life, personally and professionally. I had lived in New York City for a short time and felt as though I had completely failed. I did not find the confidence that I was hoping I would by living in the Big Apple. I felt defeated. I hadn't the fainted idea where my professional career would take me. The past few years in Chicago allowed me to come into my own. I began accepting who I was as a person and I slowly realized the important of chasing your dreams and pursuing things that make you happy.
Enter Los Angeles.
After the decision was made, I had two options: buy a car in Illinois and drive out to Los Angeles or fly to LA and buy a car once here. You already know the route I chose. My mom and I took a week-long road trip across the country and made stops along the way, taking in the natural beauty of our country. Sure Iowa and Nebraska are not the most eventful, flat land, vast fields of corn. Nothing terrible tantalizing to look at, especially if you've grown up in the Midwest your entire life. However, once we hit Colorado, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Mountains. Rivers. Forests. Desert. Just as soon as I thought I had seen it all, the landscape changed before our eyes and we were once again in awe.
If you ever have the opportunity, do yourself a favor and take a road trip across the country. Curate a playlist or two. Pack your favorite snacks. And enjoy all that the United States has to offer.