Hi everyone, long time no see!
Things have been a bit nuts on my end. Between travel, travel and a weird bout of stomach flu, I’ve had a lot occupying my time as of late. But one thing in particular has been taking up a majority of my free time and mental energy, which I’m really excited to tell you about…
I AM MOVING TO COLORADO!
It still doesn’t seem real to me, that this is actually happening. I just accepted a position with a new company in Golden (~20 minutes from Denver), and will be moving to the area at some point in January. But before I get into that, I guess I should back up and explain myself. Not that I have to, but because I want to.
You see, I’ve lived in Ohio for a majority of my life. My family and I relocated here from Phoenix, Arizona, when I was nine years old -– June, 1999. I remember moving and being excited about seeing snow in my own backyard in winter. The common wildlife sights of quail and lizards were replaced by squirrels and deer. The barren desert landscape of saguaros and agave was replaced by green grass (that you didn’t have to plant!) and a variety of shady, luscious trees. My educational experience became more traditionalized; I received As and Bs instead of pluses and checkmarks, and my classmates Skyler, Truly and Presley were replaced by those with more conventional names. And, perhaps most importantly, my extended family – which is quite extensive – is here. I got to experience big family gatherings and birthday parties and holidays with so many people I love, and it was awesome.
Arizona is where I spent my childhood, but Ohio is where I’ve really grown up. I’ve had my first kiss here, my first heartbreak, my first job, my first drink, my first college party, my first real apartment. So many firsts. It’s a great place to grow up.
So why am I moving, then? Because I’ve done my growing up (but not growing – that will keep happening until I die). Because, while Ohio is beautiful in its own way, I still miss the mountains. Because I want to carve my own path and go somewhere I haven’t lived before. Because I love the West.
I had my sights set on Colorado before ever visiting. Everything I had heard and read about the place had only been positive. I always had a special affinity for northern Arizona’s pine forests and towering, snow-capped mountains, and through my research, it seemed like Colorado’s natural environment was mainly comprised of these things. And the abnormal amount of sunshine I’d heard about also piqued my interest.
When I visited Denver for the first time last week, it was better than I could have ever imagined. The city itself is so fun, lively and walkable, with a beautiful backdrop of the mountains in view. It’s sunny roughly 300 days of the year, which also pleases me. And again, THOSE MOUNTAINS. When I first saw them in Boulder while visiting a friend, I freaked out, saying that they looked like Mt. Everest or Mt. Kilimanjaro or something crazy. I couldn’t believe that people wake up and see that every morning.
So now, I will have the privilege to wake up and see the mountains again. I feel so lucky, blessed and honestly baffled that I am going forward with this adventure. I will miss Ohio, its farm country (+ corn), its diehard sports fans, its shitty gray days (maybe not) and its down-home pride. I will miss my friends and family and my little cozy apartment in Akron with my roommate and Mo. I am giving up a lot here – and to be honest, the prospect of moving so far away on my own is slightly terrifying. But I’m terrified in a good way. I felt I was getting too comfortable here, and I didn’t want to settle down quite yet. I’m only 24. I have a whole life to live. It’s time to step out of my comfort zone.
That being said – I’m not sure what the fate of this blog will be! I want to keep up with it, but perhaps not in the same capacity it has been for the past year or so. Fashion posts suddenly seem extremely unimportant compared to all this ADVENTURE I have in store!
Or maybe I’ll keep up with the fashion and show you all how to dress in Denver, where it snows like mad. I dunno. Bear with me as I grapple with my online identity.
Lastly – Thank you to all my friends, family members, strangers, coworkers and everyone else for the love and support. I am extremely excited about this opportunity and will keep you posted on everything! And if you ever find yourself in Denver, please drop me a line!
CARPE DIEM, YOLO, and other “live your life” cliches,