Rose: Reasons to Love Jersey

Yesterday was my one-year anniversary at my job. It’s hard to believe I’ve been in New Jersey for more than a year now. I still remember how quickly it all came together — the interviews, the job offer and acceptance. In just a few short weeks, my life completely changed in ways I hadn’t ever expected. In many ways, it was a gigantic leap of faith. But it was all worth it.

Now I live in one of the prettiest towns with M, I have a great group of friends and I have the best job I’ve ever had. While I hadn’t ever planned this for myself, it’s probably better than I would have dreamed up. I’ve been reflecting on this quite a bit during my evening walks home. On these walks, I’ve seen such pretty landscapes and scenes in this small little Jersey town.

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Carnegie Lake might be one of my favorite features of Princeton. It’s expansive and full when kayaking, and it provides beautiful views from the Washington Road bridge overhead. Last week I paused to snap this pic. I even saw someone taking a picture of it from their car while driving (scary). But that must show how beautiful it is.

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Last night, I caught this unique perspective. Sometimes the sun streaks through the trees and creates a mirrored effect with the leaves. Now that fall is settling in, the leaves are beginning to turn, and the world is looking quite beautiful. This photo doesn’t quite do the entire thing justice, but I tried. Just imagine this x 10 more amounts of pretty.

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And this is where I live. This is the sidewalk and trees leading up to my place. I am forever thankful that I live so close to nature yet only a drive away from the stores and shops I need. I never expected to love a suburban/rural area so much, but it makes sense. It reminds me of home. And I think I’ve finally found my own little home in this great little state of New Jersey.

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