Monday, March 2, 2009

Anniversary

Today is a remarkable day...

It was nearly exactly one day ago last year I pulled out of D.C., with a U-Haul behind me.

In the past month I have been so busy I haven't had a single chance to really contemplate this. It has crossed my mind haphazardly in the last month that it was this day that I made the decision to leave, or that day that I quit my job, or whatever day it was I was packing/last minute visiting/packing/drinking with friends/packing...

From the time I left D.C., to the present I have held three jobs and lived in five locales. I went from D.C., to Vail, Colo., to Laramie, Wyo., to Hermann, Mo., back to Laramie, to Cheyenne, Wyo. I worked retail at a kitchen store in Edwards, Colo., to keep the cash coming in to pay my bills. And I finally, against everything I left D.C., thinking would happen, landed a job in Cheyenne - which has been a good job that I love with a team I love working with.

It's just that...this wasn't in the plans. I mean my URL is kimscoloradocountdown for crying out loud. I left D.C., with Colorado or bust signs on my car. I had Colorado Bulldogs as a signature drink at my going away party. Wyoming was not in the stars.

Or so I thought.

Turns out I couldn't get a job in Colorado to save my life. I tried. But it just didn't work. And while I tried to keep creating other windows of opportunity the Cheyenne window kept standing open, and I finally concluded it had to be for a reason...so, I decided, let's try it out.

Now, a year later, I'm still not sure what that reason was. I'm still having a bit of a hard time adjusting and sometimes wonder if Cheyenne is a good fit, but overall I don't necessarily think it was a bad move.

I guess I'll have to continue to wait and see...

5 comments:

Greg (Seriously, you know me) said...

Kim,
I think I understand somewhat (other than the jeans analogy--if the jeans are only a half-size off, I consider that close enough--it's a guy thing)--I'm over a year and a half into my Iowa City move, and I'm still not quite sure exactly why I am here. I know I am supposed to be here, but I don't know the reason yet. And I am determined to figure out the reason before leaving, and opportunities keep popping up elsewhere. I am sure I will figure it out, just as I am sure you will find those proper fitting jeans. Maybe you should avoid the "cowboy cut"? ;-)

MOM said...

It's been a year already?!!! Well, you've gotten to see old friends, and reacquaint yourself with Wyoming, and have a great job. That can't be too bad:)

icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...

You know, maybe you won't stay in Wyoming forever. But you seem happy there. Your life sounds rich and fun and adventurous.

I think I may understand how you're feeling- though my move wasn't as big or monumental as yours. Last year, around this time, I had NO IDEA that we'd be living in Philadelphia right now. We were planning a move to Eugene, Or. But everything went crazy and here we are. I really like it here... but it's not where I want to buy a home or put down roots. But I do like it... it's just not where I thought I'd be... or necessarily where I want to be.

icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...

Oh... and of course, "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!"

Stacey said...

Happy Anniversary, welcome home!