Hopping on the ‘Bus

I’ve always wanted to blog. The trouble is, I’ve never had any idea what to write about.

I like to consider myself a “Renaissance Woman,” which is a fancier way of saying that I have way too many interests and usually can’t focus on any one thing in particular.

This “Renaissance Woman” mindset is what originally led me to become a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for the Greater Columbus region. The program was recommended to me by a colleague. We get a lot of visitors where I work, and one of the main questions we hear is “what else is there to do around here?” Wanting to equip myself with the knowledge to answer that question, and with a burning desire to add another certification to my resume to show how well-rounded and special I am, I signed up for a CTA training session.

I should preface the rest of this post by admitting that I am quite the homebody. I tend to find myself snuggled up on my couch, under a blanket and surfing the internet far more often than I’d like. It’s my comfort zone. Unfortunately, my boyfriend has also recently been dragged into my sedentary and reclusive lifestyle, and our conversation has increasingly turned to the topic of “What is there to do?”

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Me, most of the time.

All this to say: I don’t get out much. Which, after completing the CTA training, I realize is an absolute tragedy.

I truly had no idea of the scope of things Columbus has to offer. Of course I knew about The Columbus Zoo (which I love), COSI (also close to my heart), and Ohio State (I bleed scarlet and gray), but did you know that Columbus has one of the best craft beer scenes in the nation? Did you know that our city has 20 Metro Parks with over 230 miles of trails, or that there’s a free event somewhere in Columbus every day of the year?

Earning my CTA certification was definitely a cool thing to add to my resume, but it also had the unexpected effect of reigniting my passion for the city, for exploration and experiences. There’s so much that I haven’t done in the eight years I’ve lived here, and so much that I want to do. And I want to write about it.

So today, I bought a domain. I built a simple site, and I started writing.

My hope is that through this blog, I’ll stop asking myself “what is there to do?” and begin wondering instead, “what should I try today?”

I hope you’ll join me. Let’s explore the 614!

 

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