When One Door Closes…

Handmade bucket list journal gift from a friend

Eight years ago, fresh out of college, I eagerly moved to Chicago, ready to take on the city. In that time, I’ve had two great jobs that gave me different, but invaluable experiences; I had one awesome roommate and lived in two neighborhoods in three different condos. I was able to live in the same city with almost all of my college friends, while making new, lasting friendships. I went out often, dated, and eventually met my amazing husband five years ago. From the lake front, to the sprawling skyline, to the precious summers and the brutal winters, to the restaurants and the shopping, to the countless, countless memories that I hold so close to my heart, I love and cherish everything that Chicago means to me. For these reasons, it’s so hard for me to close this chapter of my life.

When I met my husband, I knew that moving to St. Louis was always a possibility. But that hasn’t made things any easier now. The emotions that I have experienced over the past several months have run the gamut. I guess I don’t handle change well. And in my mind this change signifies so much more than just leaving the people and lifestyle that I love; it means, we’re not kids anymore, and we have to think about the future when making decisions, and do what’s best for our family. As I think about the saying, “when one door closes, another opens”, I know that in time, I’ll feel at home in my new surroundings and I’ll see what the open door means for us. In the mean time, as I job search and wait to move into our new home, I’m going to focus on cooking, and blogging, and all the things that make me happy. I hope you meet me in St. Louis, and continue reading Glori of Food as I embark on this new journey.

Before I go, I wanted to share with you my Chicago Bucket List that consists of things I wanted to do before we moved. Unfortunately I did not tackle everything on the list, but here is a recap of the fun things that I did:

Tea at the Drake Hotel. A group of my girlfriends organized this for me, and it was one of the cutest things ever. Sipping tea and snacking on crustless sandwiches and mini pastries made for a fun and memorable afternoon. My friends even got chocolate tea suckers. I highly recommend this if you are visiting or live in the city.

Ride the water taxi!

Ride the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

Take a cooking class at The Chopping Block. I took the Summery Superfoods class and we made Spinach Salad with a Walnut Vinaigrette, Salmon with Grilled Vegetable Quinoa, and Berry Crepes with Vanilla Yogurt Sauce for dessert. It was so much fun, and I learned some great new tricks.

Although I didn’t complete my Bucket List, I can look forward to crossing off some more activities when I go back to visit.

Thanks Chitown for 8 great years – I’ll miss you! 

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