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Wanderlust, Part 2

I have to thank everyone for their input on last week's post. I promised to fill you in on my thoughts on the matter, so here they are. First of all, I have lived in three places (basically): Washington D.C., but never as an adult; Boston, mostly for college, but for a few years afterwards; and New York, both in the city and in a nearby suburb. Every time I have moved to a new city, it was for school -- first college, then law school. I haven't really considered just up and moving somewhere new without the safety net of school to back me up.

So where would I go, and why? My Dad lives in Portland, Maine, which I would like if it were a tad warmer. Basically, the only other place I have ever considered living is -- you guessed it -- San Francisco. I've visited a few times and it felt comfortable, interesting, and has many of the things I'm looking for. It's a great walking city, which is crucial for me. I have two friends moving there this summer, so I can visit them along with the other friends I already have there. I was surprised to hear Austin suggested, but I have another friend moving there -- I definitely plan on visiting, particularly to see some great live music. I have to say, however, that I'm not a huge fan of the South, generally. I know Austin has a different vibe, but it's still in Texas. I also really love the ocean, and can't really imagine not living on a coast.

When I imagine my future, I see an urban setting. No suburbs for me, thank you very much. I see myself in a place where I can walk around to my neighborhood stores, have a small garden, have friends and family over for dinner or a barbecue. I want to be able to partake in the arts and entertainment community, go to funky restaurants, stroll through Chinatown. Even farther into the future, I want to be an urban mom -- just strap the kid in a backpack and take him/her to the farmers' market, the museum, the park, and what have you.

So much of this is dependent on my career -- it took me a few years in the wrong direction to find the right career path after law school. Now that I've found it, I'm not really ready to stray. I'd have to be able to move while staying on the right path. That could mean only moving for 3-6 months just for a change of pace while I look for something back in NYC, but it's very unlikely that I'd do anything to jeopardize the track I've set myself on. Plus, the thought of uprooting my life and moving across the country is somewhat terrifying -- not a decision I'd make lightly. So -- we'll see where this crazy journey called life takes me in the next few months. One day at a time.

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