For the better part of the last year there’s been a dream/project of mine that I haven’t been able to write about on this blog because of work (although I may have dropped a hint or two or three), so today is a big day for me since I finally get to type…I’M MOVING TO CHICAGO!
For years I have been daydreaming about and toying with the idea of moving to the Windy City. I love the energy of big cities, my sister/bro-in-law/nephew are there, it’s closer to my family than Mpls, and it’s just overall an awesome place to be.
Understandably, deciding to leave my job, friends and life that I’ve known for the last nine years in Minnesota has been scary and challenging to coordinate so it’s taken a while for me to pull the trigger. But after years of talking about it, it became clear last summer that it was time to make it happen.
I never thought that once I got serious about this move that it would take 10 months for it to actually happen, so there have been many times in the last year that I have felt frustrated, unmotivated, lost or stuck. Thankfully, I have amazing friends and family who have supported and encouraged me when I felt like it was never going to happen. It was with their nudges that I decided last month to just go and do it, whatever that meant for job prospects or living situations.
Although there have been times during the last 10 months that I thought it was the “perfect opportunity” for me to go, and have been disappointed when it didn’t work out, I have to believe things happen for a reason and I wasn’t meant to leave until now. That’s easy to believe, too, because suddenly in the last two weeks things have completely fallen into place. I’m going to stay with my agency and work remotely from a sister agency on Michigan Ave, thanks in part to a current campaign where it makes perfect sense for me to actually be in Chicago. A friend-of-a-friend (who I think is awesome) needs a roommate for her place three blocks from my sister, so I’m moving in there in June! How perfect is that?!
So, in four short weeks I’ll be packing up my stuff and moving on to a new adventure in Chi-town. I’m nervous for the big transition but very, very excited! Who knows what the Windy City will bring…keep reading and you’ll find out!
Perhaps, if we never veered off course…we wouldn’t fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart…and, if you’re very lucky…a plane ride away.” – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City