I’ve lived in Portland for almost 5 1/2 years. I moved here in April of 2007 from Denver, CO where I had lived since July of 2003. I moved for my dream job and my dream city both of which were happening at the same time. I was excited, happy, bursting with energy and ready to embrace both city living and my wonderful new job.
But now, my rose-colored glasses have fogged a bit and I think it’s time for a change. I lived in Des Moines, IA for about 5 years before Denver and I’m thinking it’s time to get back to the Mid-West. I miss my family and I miss seeing my nieces and nephew growing up. And I really miss my sisters and my parents (and Grandma!) So what’s a tall-girl to do? I think it’s time to get closer to home.
Once I had made the decision I had to figure out where in the mid-west I should end up. I picked 4 cities: Des Moines, IA; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Madison, WI; and Chicago, IL. I figured any job within this 4-point radius would be feasible provided it fit within my salary range. AND, more importantly, it had to fit within my ‘happiness’ range. This means that my next job must make me happy. I want to lead a team and help people. I used to do this and it made me extremely happy. It’s SO important to me that I be happy doing what I love.
SO….what does this all mean….
I recently found the job that looks like it could be that perfect fit. And it happened to be in Madison, WI. Everything happened so quickly it was a blur. And now, as of yesterday, I’m in Madison, WI. I’m beyond thrilled. I have that feeling again…the one that makes me want to embrace the city and the job. I’m ecstatic and in my gut (which is the most important tell-tale sign), my gut says this is the right move.
There’s a tall club here and one in Milwaukee that I’m planning on joining. I’m living downtown next to the capital so I’ll be within walking distance to all of the ‘weirdness’ that everyone here has assured me I will see. There’s a University here where I can see college football and tailgate (although I will never leave my IA Hawks). And best of all, I’m within 5 hours of my family. I can actually come home for Christmas this year and maybe Thanksgiving too! Bring on the homemade egg-nog!
So, with a fresh new city and a fresh new outlook I’m ready to get out and make some memories to share with you. Now, if only my furniture would arrive….
More to come….in Madison, WI!