Meet Melinda.

She’s one of Go Girl’s Associate Editors. In January she moved from her hometown near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to live with her long-term boyfriend in Rochester, New York. In the six months since she’s lived in Western New York, she has become a part-time employee of the women’s retail store New York & Company and established herself as a freelance editor, proofreader, and writer.

Although freelancing doesn’t feel like work to her, Melinda fills her free time with things she finds fulfilling. These include exploring the Rochester area while the weather is warm, hanging out with her boyfriend and roommates, reading, bellydancing, and volunteering.

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Thanks for taking a minute to get to know me! Moving to a new place has been challenging at times. I’ve had to learn how to let things go and take opportunities as they come. But I’ve met many great people and gotten myself involved in things, like bellydancing and working with horses, that I’ve always wanted to try. This has helped Rochester feel more like home when I miss where I’m from. I’ve also come to appreciate even moreso the value of traveling and exploring in my own backyard. Every city has something to offer, and sometimes you don’t have to go far to find it.

Here are links to some of the places mentioned in the slideshow:

New York & Company

Letchworth State Park

Mount Hope Cemetery

EquiCenter (Horse Therapy)