After five years away, we are making our new home in Phoenix (again). I recently realized it is also the only city, (besides my hometown of Green Bay, WI), that feels like home. I\u2019ve lived in 5 states and 9 different cities, most since graduating college 12 years ago. With all that moving, it surprises me that Phoenix feels like home, but it does. As I merged onto the 202, seeing Camelback, the Papago Buttes and Tempe coming into view, a warm feeling came over me. At first I wasn\u2019t sure why, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was that feeling of being home. The decision to leave California wasn\u2019t easy. My husband and I like so many things about California that we didn\u2019t want to give up. But when I received a great job opportunity that would also allow me to focus on completing my PHD, I couldn\u2019t turn it down. Sure, I had to give up my beaches and ocean views, but Phoenix has things that California doesn\u2019t. My people, for one. I did make new friends in Cali who I will sincerely miss, but it\u2019s just different here. The best way I can articulate it is to say that I think I grew up and became who I am in Phoenix. I grew and changed everywhere I lived, but I moved to Phoenix, the first time, when I was 23. At 23, I had college under my belt, but I hadn\u2019t really grown up yet. I hadn\u2019t gained any independence from my parents, and I certainly wasn\u2019t an adult in the truest sense of the word. Moving away from home forced me to rely on myself and develop my independent identity. The six years I lived in Phoenix were the most influential in my personal growth and self-discovery. And the friendships and connections I made the first time around are the real thing. I am so excited to be back \u2018home\u2019, to reconnect with all my people, to learn a new area of expertise in my career field, and to concentrate on finishing my Ph.D. And I won\u2019t mind the lazy afternoons at spring training games, spa days with the girls, or the crisp, clear 70 degree winter days either. I\u2019m home.