MeWelcome! I’m Stephanie, and this blog is about me and my journey to Maine starting with a well-researched visit to the lobster capital of the U.S., to relocating there permanently…well as permanently as any 20-something year old can plan for. I really wanted to take readers on this journey with me because there aren’t too many blogs out there like mine. I’m not moving to Maine for a job (though that is definitely priority #1), or for a significant other, or even family. Nope. I’m moving to Maine for me and only me. Not many people uproot their lives to a completely unknown place for no reason other than wanderlust, but I’ve never been one to run with the pack.

If you were to ask any of my friends or family about me, they would tell you that I’m a very cautious person. I don’t make decisions lightly—any decision, really. “If I order the pasta I’ll feel full and happy for 10 minutes and then regret it in an hour. If I get the Greek salad I’m going to miss that pasta, but I will feel better about myself later.” I’m not quite this bad yet, but you get the idea. I’m a methodical person; I think before I speak and I don’t like making any changes to my routine that aren’t totally necessary.

This doesn’t mean that I’ve always followed the traditional path—far from it. Now well into my 20s, I have never gone down the traditional route when it comes to education or work. I’ve always been more of a self-taught learner and enjoy figuring things out for myself even if it takes me longer than most. Independence has always been my driving force through all my endeavors. As long as I’m able to support myself financially and still have some free time to do what I want to do, I haven’t minded jobs that were far from where I’ve wanted to be. Having the Type-A personality that I do, I’ve always given every job I’ve had 100% even if my enthusiasm for the job was far less than that.

I’m excited to go on this journey and discover more about myself than I ever imagined possible. I know there will be hard times and moments when I just want to pack up and go back home to Chicago, but I know I will persevere. After all, I have thought this through…