Yep, after driving around the country and visiting dozens of cities, we have decided that the one we’re going to call home is in western Pennsylvania.
Even though the only reason we visited Pittsburgh in the first place was because our friend Becky insisted on it, we fell in love with the place instantly. We realized just how much after we left, when we found ourselves comparing everywhere else to the old Steel City. By the end of our trip, we were certain Pittsburgh was where we would make our next home.
And then we went back to Florida and realized how hard it was going to be to leave our old home behind. In fact, we were suddenly unsure of anything, and we agreed to do nothing for a few weeks. By doing nothing, I was able to see that it was mainly fear that had me facing south.
But I am committed to living with courage.
So we’re taking another leap of faith.
We’re moving to a city that puts a confused look on everyone’s face when we tell them about our desire to live there.
We’re moving to a place where we have no family and just a handful of friends.
We’re moving to a place that we have visited exactly once, in a part of the country about which we know very little.
And we are totally excited about it.
Yes, we are a little nervous about the harsh winters, but we’re looking forward to the chance to make our city-living dreams come true. No, Pittsburgh is not a major metropolis like New York City or San Francisco, but its also considerably less expensive than those places while still offering much of what I like about cities. There is tons to do and we will, hopefully, be able to live right in the heart of it all.
We’ll be making our move in August after a vacation to Costa Rica, and I can’t wait.
The next chapter begins…