For a long time, I was under the impression that I would never be able to leave home like a normal teenager. But the truth is, as I've come to find out, that I was just never going to leave home in the traditional way. I was always going to have to ease into it. This makes sense, looking back on my life so far and knowing the kind of person I am. There was no way I was ever going to do the traditional "leave home and go away to college" thing. But that doesn't mean that I was never going to leave.

 Over the past six months, ever since Peaks Coffee Company officially opened it's doors for business and I started dating Eli, I've noticed that home isn't really the same anymore. As I've spent more and more time out there with Peaks and him, my childhood home seems less like where I hang my hat and more like my crash landing pad where I collapse after a long day of being elsewhere. It's no longer my end destination. It's the place where I'm fueling up for takeoff, on my journey to my home. The home I will make for myself by myself (and let's be honest, probably with Kelsey too).

 So all this is to say: I'm easing into it. I've been noticing that Cazenovia feels more like home now, and I just thought I'd take a moment to ruminate on that new development here. I hope you don't mind.