I have a not-so-secret love affair with lists. I make one every single day for work, following the same outline every single time. I have the best planner ever and I always fill up every section of every page with daily to-do’s, reminders about errands I need to run, or plans for upcoming events. So, when Karli @ September Farm started the 10 on Tuesday weekly linkup, it was like tiny organizational angels were floating out of my computer – and that is not an exaggeration.
I had to narrow down about a million different topics before I settled on this: the Top 10 reasons I love where I live! For those of you not familiar, I’m still living in my hometown which is about 25-30 minutes south of Philadelphia, PA. And I absolutely love it. Here’s why:
| The ridiculous amount of food options: Whether I’m at home in the suburbs, at work in Old City, or at our other office in Malvern, I am never at a loss of restaurant options. I especially love all of the healthier options popping up all over the place – they may cost a bit more, but it’s worth it to feel better about my meal! Currently enjoying: Snap Kitchen (especially after winning a social media contest to have our office treated to lunch this Friday!)
| The proximity to the city, beach and mountains: From my house, I can reach Philadelphia in 30 minutes, the shore in an hour and a half and the mountains in just over 2 hours. I have easy access to all of my favorite places to visit at any given time, and I can’t imagine being farther away from any of the 3.
| The public transportation: Most of the time, at least! It may sometimes be late and sometimes be smelly, but being able to get basically anywhere in the city (and a decent bit of the suburbs) by train, bus or trolley is pretty fantastic. Thanks Septa!
| The people: Specifically, the community I grew up in. Garnet Valley is a pretty amazing place – Even if you don’t know someone personally, they would probably go out of their way to help you out. We’re a family bonded only by geography, but we love where we live and the people we live near. The City of Brotherly Love is pretty great too : )
| Being near family and friends: My various groups of friends from elementary/high school still pretty much live within a 30 mile radius of each other – that’s pretty amazing. We’ve got some outliers in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Texas and more, but I thank my lucky stars every day that my people are close by. My extended family also lives in the area – birthdays & holidays are pretty easy to coordinate!
| The school district: I’ve said it a million times but I honestly had an absolutely amazing experience in our school system. The teachers were ridiculously smart and cared about their students beyond anything that was expected, the extracurriculars were vast and there were plenty of electives and clubs to join, and the sports were more than just games – they allowed you to be part of a family. Plus, how sweet are those warmup shirts!?
| The sports teams: Speaking of sports – our Philly teams (though they give us heart attacks and continuously let us down in the playoffs) have given me some of the best memories of my 27 years. Hot summer tailgates for the Phillies, listening to Lauren Hart & Kate Smith sing at the Flyers, and plenty of “dooping” down by the river for the Union! No, I don’t particularly care for basketball or football ; )
| Being close to an airport: This is an underrated quality in a hometown. I can be at the airport in 15 minutes if there’s no traffic. Traveling is MUCH easier to coordinate when you’ve got that advantage!
| The entertainment scene: From concerts to comedians and plenty of themed festivals in between. We’ve got something going on every week and weekend of the year in the area and I wouldn’t have it any other way – Traffic is an easy tradeoff for the vast options of fun events I can always choose from!
| Having all 4 seasons: Last but so very far from least, and pretty self explanatory. There are of course moments where I am shoveling 3 feet of snow and cursing Mother Nature, but the other 3 seasons tend to make up for those Northeastern winters : )
Happy Tuesday! What do you love about your hometown?