I have been a resident of Denver for 3.5 days and it’s still hard for me to believe. We loaded up a moving truck all day on Saturday (literally, it took all day) and hit the road Sunday morning. I am so thankful to my mom and dad, and our friends Anthony, Aparna and Ryan for helping us get out of Michigan on time and with as little issues as possible. You’re the real MVPs!
After we vacationed in Colorado in 2014, Richard and I kept imagining “What if we could LIVE here?” We felt inspired by the Rocky Mountains, big open skies, and the possibilities for what could be. When we got back from vacation, I would joke with my friend Michael that every dollar of overtime I earned went towards my “Boulder or Bust” fund. I had decided I wanted us to be in Boulder based on exploring the city via Google Street View and its comparisons to Ann Arbor (both smallish, liberal college towns). #BOB became a new hashtag to motivate me for when I was tired, grumpy, and wanting to find a new job.
Here we are just over two years later and I am updating my blog from our new “luxury” apartment in Denver! Michael signed my going-away card “#BOB=Reality.” I love it. So, we aren’t in Boulder but I will be starting a new job in Boulder on Monday so I will be there 5 days a week, close enough.
Richard has been here since the end of June since he had to start his new career. I visited him at work today and I was so proud. He’s accomplished so much since leaving the military. While he was showing me the ins-and-outs of his day to day, I was practically beaming. He now works for the weekend like the rest of us.
While I am excited to be in Colorado, starting the next chapter of our lives, I can’t help but think about the past 6 years I’ve been in Michigan. We showed up in Ann Arbor with NO jobs, a small nest egg from Richard’s 2nd tour in Iraq and our wedding, one dog, and almost no knowledge of the immediate area or Michigan. In 6 short years we became homeowners, made lifelong friends who we will miss dearly, added another member to our family (Andy aka Pronce aka Greezy), made career moves, graduated university… the list goes on! I spent years 24-30 and am so glad we randomly decided on moving there. I might tear up if I keep thinking about Ann Arbor so I will wrap this blog up now…
3.5 days in Colorado and hopefully a lifetime to go.