Since Josh and I have been together, I often tell him how wonderful my home state of Minnesota is. I don’t think I really appreciated Minnesota until I moved away from it. I also, ironically, never pictured myself wanting to live in Minnesota as an adult. I thrive on movement and change, so why would I ever want to stay in the state where I grew up? And now, well, here we are.
In the last year, I’ve been showing him all the things Minnesota has to offer. Like the Great Minnesota Get Together- the state fair:
And then I won wife of the year and got him Vikings tickets for Christmas (touch the new stadium- check):
The more conversations we’ve been having and the more we attempt to pretend to map our future, we have realized that at this moment in our lives, Minnesota is where we need to be.
And with that…
HERE WE COME MINNESOTA.
While there were several factors in the two of us deciding to move, the biggest factor was me going to grad school. After years of “what do I want to do with my life”, I have finally landed on a career I feel confident in. I looked into going to school while living in Nebraska, but it just wasn’t realistic. This fall, I will start school to obtain a Master’s in School Counseling. Josh will hopefully be able to work in the same company, just at a different location. We will be going from home owners to renters again. We will be about 1-2 hours away from my family and close friends. All of which is very exciting..but have you ever moved somewhere 7 hours away? Hello mess. We have this sign in our kitchen that says “Caffeine Chaos & Cuss Words”. That has never applied to my life quite as much as it does at this moment.
The hardest decision was what do we do first. Being that there really is no right answer. Do we sell our house first? Do we find a place to rent first? And how will we find a place to rent when all of the information on our application is Nebraska information? Do I apply for jobs before or after we move? When does Josh talk to the plant manager up there? What size moving truck makes the most sense? There were a lot of questions that really had no answers. I am a bit Type-A and a list driven person, so this lack of answers doesn’t really bid well for my internal happiness. And I’m not a person that feels stress very often, but I’m definitely starting to feel it. Thankfully, our timeline is a little fluid. As long as we are there before I have to show up for classes, we’re good.
While I am excited to move to Minnesota, I am also feeling a little sadness. Nebraska has been good to me and to us. I went from a fresh faced college graduate to a young professional here. I met my husband here. We brought our fur child home here. We bought our first house here. I will forever be grateful for the experiences I had here and the people I met along the way. Nebraska made me grow as a professional and as a person. I will always look back on my time in Nebraska very fondly. But I am looking forward to the next chapter of our life in Minnesota. I’m excited to be the closest I’ve been to my mom since I graduated high school. I’m excited about going back to school and move forward in my career.
I don’t know if Minnesota will be the place that we land and stay for the rest of our life. Because almost every new place I visit, I say “Oh, I could live here”. Call it commitment issues or a gypsy soul or whatever. But I know that at this moment in our life, Minnesota is where we need to be.