Year One.

It's been one year since I picked up my life and moved to northern Virginia.

Just one year ago, as a introverted southern gal close to her fam and happy in her bubble I couldn't help but to sense that leaving NC was inevitable. Whether it be just for a year, 5, or maybe the rest of my life I knew this move was necessary.

I remember there were so many emotions. Excitement, eagerness, but interestingly enough there was no fear. 

I moved for the job. After being laid off and with there only being two remaining crime labs in NC my best shot was the DC metro area. And I'm glad to say that I made a good choice. 

I work for the largest private crime lab in the country so stability is there. I've joined a team that is tackling the extensive backlog of sexual assault kits that have been collecting dust across the nation and it feels good that my work is making a difference. 

I must admit that sometimes the laborious task of cutting swabs, separating semen from vaginal samples, extracting the DNA and making copies of it so that we can generate a DNA profile to search in CODIS can be trying at times. (Disclaimer: It's nothing like CSI) However, I have to  remain focused and to not get lost in all of the tubes and sample numbers, but instead remember that there is a life wanting answers on the other end of that kit.

Enough about forensics tho, onto life updates!

I came, I saw and conquered...Woodbridge that is. I originally moved there because it was so close to my job and "cheaper". But truth is, it's a little city that only had shopping at Potomac Mills to offer and not much else so I had to go.

I decided I wanted to be closer to DC (especially since I'm paying twice a NC mortgage in rent) so I moved to Alexandria about 2 months ago and I love it!

All in all it's been a great year. I've met awesome people, joined a local church (Metro Church DC), and have learned to drive like a true northerner haha.

I've tried so many restaurants, festivals, and recently started working at a local yoga studio. 

In this season, I'm present. I'm right where God wants me to be and I'm happy:) Who knows what's to come but I'm following his voice and am thankful for every blessing that has transpired this past year.

Here's to year one and Vanessa still taking NOVA! #JustBecauseItsTuesday

Be awesomely amazing, 

xo Vanessa Michele

Vanessa.Michele | Christian. Writer. Content Creator. Giver of Love. Collector of Quotes. Yoga Enthusiast. Forensic Scientist by day. Welcome to my life!