We’re moving again. With a million and one emotions running through my heart and my head, it’s time to share that Jake and I are moving to St. Louis, Missouri this summer. Jake accepted a new job opportunity within his company and so we are on the move again. This time, we’re heading south.
I’ve always been an Upper Midwest girl. It’s all I know. Home will always be Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, but I’ve learned I can find home in other places too. Moving is mentally and physically exhausting, but I have no regrets, for I’ve made the most wonderful friends. I’ve learned that I hate living in a new city for the first year, and then, by the second, I’m crying as I say goodbye to friends because I don’t want to leave. St. Louis is completely new to us, but there’s no reason to expect it won’t also feel like home soon enough.
One of the most difficult things about this particular move is grappling with the realization that I won’t always be a North Iowa Blogger. What began as five women who met for dinner has grown into a vibrant group of 34. We throw memorable parties, get invited to explore cities and states, and volunteer. We love sharing interesting stories about North Iowa and have created a close-knit community where local bloggers of all ages and experience levels are welcome.
Sara Broers will always be the first Iowan blogger I ever met and she painted the best picture of our group when she described the evening we volunteered at Music Man Square with Beth and Amy Hild before Christmas. “Where else would you find 20, 30, 40, and 50-year women having fun and getting along?” When there were lulls, we darted around snapping goofy photos and taking ice cream breaks.
Before the North Iowa bloggers, most of my friends had been my same age. Now, more of my friends are of different ages. Life’s better this way.
I don’t believe in flyover country. It doesn’t exist.
I’ve embarked on fantastic adventures and eaten delicious food in the Twin Cities, Fargo, Mason City, and all of the spaces in between. If your joy’s in the journey and the search for your next favorite thing, you’ll never be bored.