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Living in Ohio

How one Pennsylvania transplant found her future in Ohio.

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Living in Ohio

By Brittany Scheidemantel

Posted On: Apr 20, 2021

As if the pandemic didn't throw enough of a wrench in life, last spring, my husband and I learned we would soon be moving to Columbus for his job. While I was happy for him, it was difficult to consider the prospect of moving from my home state of Pennsylvania (where I had lived my whole life) to Ohio. I had a good job that I loved, lots of family and friends and we felt settled in our city. I had no idea I would find my future in Ohio.

In the middle of the pandemic, we moved across the state to our new home. Within a week, I already began to accept and appreciate Ohio. I found myself taking the the scenic routes home through towns and neighborhoods and constantly looked for new things to explore and experience. By the end of summer, I told my husband that I never want to move again.

How did I do a complete 180 on my feelings of Ohio? It was really quite simple. What hooked me the most were the people, fun things to do, the foodie scene, and the low cost of living.  

Similar to my hometown of Pittsburgh, Ohioans are proud of their state. Since moving, we have felt so welcomed. I have a never-ending list of recommended restaurants, state parks to explore, and attractions to visit. Most people we meet are excited to share what they love most about Ohio. Largely thanks to this, we already feel connected to our city, despite primarily living in a virtual world since we moved.

I could rave nonstop about the food. We try to support a local restaurant each week and we've found some amazing restaurants and diners. We picked pumpkins and our Christmas tree at local farms, shopped till we dropped at Easton, and even enjoyed The Columbus Zoo a few times. And yet, we still have so much to look forward to. Exploring the North Market in the Short North, watching a Blue Jackets or Columbus Crew game in person, and experiencing festivals and events across Columbus and Ohio top our list. 

I would argue that the best part about living in Ohio is the affordability and livability. We have a nice home in a great community. We're close enough to easily head into downtown Columbus for dinner or run errands at a major shopping area. There are beautiful, free parks to enjoy in nearly every city or town. Plus, we're just a short road trip to vibrant cities like Cleveland and Cincinnati. But best of all, we're still only a few hours away from our loved ones.

Although I never expected circumstances would bring us to Ohio, I'm so thankful that our life journey brought us here. I may always bleed black and gold, but I look forward to exploring Ohio at its full potential once the world is safer and healthier.

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