Hello, world! It’s been awhile, huh?
Lost & Found in the City started in the beginning of the new year as a place where I shared my experience of living in New York at the time. Many things happened as soon as I moved. I started an internship, which eventually became a fellowship. I made new friends. I worked some freelancing jobs on the side. I even managed time to film videos for this blog (yeah, that last one became far-fetched fast). Living in a new city turned out to be very exciting and it felt like the past eight months flew by.
Home is where the heart is
But, as much as I loved living in New York, my heart belonged in Chicago. For those who might not know, I am a Chicago-area native. I spent over 20 years of my life both in the suburbs and in the city. My parents were born and raised in Chicago. I was born in a hospital located downtown. I spent 8 years in Chicago Public Schools. My grandmother watched my sister and me in her Chicago home when both my parents worked. I went to college in the city. Chicago is home.
Thinking of these old memories eventually made me homesick. Not to mention, it affected my life in NYC. I spent the majority of my time working. I didn’t want to hang out with friends. And more importantly, I stopped blogging. Writing is not only my job (I’m a journalist, after all!), it’s a big hobby of mine. Blogging became the one true connection that allowed me to write outside of work or school. That’s why it made me sad the most to see my blog go through random hiatuses. I didn’t have any inspiration to follow my original vision for Lost & Found in the City. Everything changed though when I received a job offer that took me back home.
New job, new goals
I received a job offer on the last day of my fellowship and believe me, I never felt more relieved in my life! Applying to jobs is a lengthy and stressful process, but it’s all worth it in the end when you find a job you love. I was back in Chicago in less than a week. Not only was it great to see my friends and family again but a new sense of motivation began. Chicago is the place where I fell in love with city life and it’s exactly where I need to be to share this same passion with others all around the world.
Lost & Found in the City is back now with a revamped vision. I plan to post two blog posts a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This time, I feel a little more organized and prepared to actually keep that goal until the end of this year. I also want to work on building the community here, so be sure to follow us on all the social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.
Getting back into blogging
Like I said since the beginning, I do not want this blog to be just about me. I would love to encourage everyone from all over to join in the conversation. Lost & Found in the City is your destination on a city lifestyle guide, whether you’re trying to figure out your current life in a city or you aspire to live in one someday.
I also don’t want this blog to be just about Chicago. It would be amazing one day to see this blog include a group of writers from various cities. These writers can then share their own perspective on living life in the city too. If anyone is interested in contributing content, feel free to contact us for more details. Share your thoughts about this revamped blog in the comments and please let me know what kind of lifestyle topics you would love to see next!
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Author: Katina Beniaris
Born in Chicago, Katina has always been drawn to cities. She spent her college years in the heart of Chicago studying journalism and she travels to various cities every year for new experiences. When she’s not blogging, you can find her catching up on the latest pop culture sensation on Netflix.