Exactly one month ago I loaded up my car with everything (that I could fit) and drove from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Denver, Colorado. The furthest from home I had ever gone was a two hour drive, college in Winona, MN. How did I decide to make this move?
A lot of factors went through my head before I finally made this leap. Originally I wanted to attend college in Bozeman, Montana. To this day that is one of my favorite little towns. I loved the idea of waking up to mountains and taking on a new adventure. Unfortunately, I never ended up going. I was all registered and even had a roommate lined up. At the last minute I had to change my mind, there were some safety concerns regarding an ex-boyfriend that my parents and myself didn’t feel comfortable me being so far away with him at the same school. This backfired and he followed me to the school in Winona anyways, but that isn’t the point. I have always wanted to try new things and explore but I really never stepped very far out of my comfort zone. I ordered the same food at the same restaurants, I wore the same clothes as to not “stand out”, and I never really put myself out there. Over two years ago I stated dating my boyfriend. We had a few hiccups, as I am sure most couples do. But the main point is we always worked it out and ended up together. I love him very much and as far as I can tell he feels the same about me haha! He had been talking about starting a company and moving to Denver for about a year and I always supported him while in the back of my mind I was thinking it would never actually happen. Then… It did. He left to pursue a dream and I had to support that. I was trying the long distance thing and it just isn’t for me. I give couples who do it all the respect in the world because it is SO HARD! I was so stubborn for so long saying I never wanted to move to Denver and that I hated it but that was just me hoping maybe he would change his mind. After a few visits, I finally decided I could be happy there.
A new adventure, in a new city, with the man I love and my amazing pup. What a great opportunity to try something new with a little “family” of my own. So I somewhat spontaneously quit my job, told my family and a few close close friends, packed up, and drove out with my dog. The drive from MN to CO… was terrible…. By the end of it I was singing songs to my dog and replacing words with her name and such… I am a crazy dog lady and I was bored… It wasn’t pretty. We arrived a month ago today. And it has been a crazy month so far. I am stepping out of my comfort zones in so many ways. I started a blog, stopped caring what people think (to an extent) and moved. I try new foods and drinks, new places, and I am still figuring out a new job and building new friendships. It is extremely difficult but I am slowly, but surely, figuring out the ropes. I am so blessed to have my boyfriend and dog around. They keep me from being lonely and they support everything I do. Every time I ask him to be my photographer for a new post he smiles and goes along with it. (He is actually starting to like it and brag about how he’s gotten better at taking pics, haha!) There have been a few growing pains as we settle into a new apartment (which has been super expensive because we had NO furniture at all and are still gradually adding) and settling into the idea of living together for the first time. Through any bumps we may have faced we are powering through and growing stronger on this adventure together. While I am enjoying Denver, I am a family girl and I can’t wait to move back to where my family is. In the meantime, I am finding new friends, working a new job, exploring new places, learning to navigate new roads, and looking at the mountains every day appreciating the beauty they provide our earth. This is going to be a fun adventure to hopefully tell my children one day.
Any Denver or Colorado ladies and gentleman I would love to hear your thoughts on your favorite places as well as the best places for the basics; groceries, nails, hair salons, thrift shops, you name it! I am a cheap shopper so the cheaper the better!