Somehow, time has flown, and I’ve been back in DC for over six months (and I tried to capture “DC style” above)! While I did spend the first 18 years of my life living here, it’s different living anywhere as an adult. I’ve loved exploring new restaurants, stores, and neighborhoods, and feeling more at home here each month. When I went away over the holidays, I couldn’t wait to come back home and resume the little life I had created here.
Here are a few things I’d tell my six-months-younger self:
- Yes, it’s a bummer that you can’t bring coffee on public transportation, and even when you drive to school, you aren’t going to make grabbing that morning cup of Starbucks part of your daily routine. But k-cups at home will become your new best friend, and you’ll save money in the process.
- There will be times where you’ll feel weird that you don’t work in politics or government, and you’ll wonder if this is a path you should take down the road. But you’ll also enjoy escaping the hustle and bustle of the city to work in a different field and in a different location.
- You’ll lose your SmartTrip card at least once, and you’ll always forget that you have to take it out of your bag again before you exit the metro. Y’all, this is an unnecessary step and does not exist in other cities.
- You’ll fall in love with every DC-themed book, blog, or Instagram account and develop a strong sense of city pride.
- You’ll take advantage of historic events happening in your own backyard and take part in the Women’s March on Washington. #girlpower
- You’ll absolutely love having family nearby, but they’ll come to you more often than you go to them. Because it’s more fun to do things in the city than in the suburbs. 😉