Five years ago I learned to call Des Moines my new home. Five minutes from now I’ll be looking at this city in my rear view mirror. Goodbye, French for The Moines & hello, Mile High City!
I remember the start of this chapter that I’m getting ready to (slightly) close:
Alarm blaring I bolted out of bed and quickly started to get ready. It was the first day of my job as a recent college grad and I threw on a pink LOFT dress, cardigan and flats. The best part of that outfit? My dress had pockets. Yes, it’s a little crazy that I remember these details but are you even surprised? Probably not. I tend to remember the smallest of details and I know my memories of Des Moines will be no different.
As an Iowa native this will be my first move out of state. The days leading up to the move have been tough as I’ve been in a sense of denial. I tried to avoid the goodbyes, or let myself say goodbye to the same people more than once. (See what I mean?) These last few weeks have been quite an emotional roller coaster. Could I really be packing up my bags and moving? Am I really moving out of Iowa for the first time in my life? How am I going to say goodbye (aka see you soon) to my friends? Is this actually happening? It sure is.
Thank you to all of my friends who’ve made Des Moines home. I’ve been blessed to meet these once strangers through Twitter, tailgates, work and good ol’ Wellmans, who have now turned into my best friends. Each of you has made an imprint in my life and built memories that I’ll never forget. Thank you for listening to my “life crisis” moments and always being there to pick me up, even when I couldn’t admit it myself. You’ve shaped me into the person I am today and for that I can’t thank you enough. (I could go on & on, as you all know, but I’ll keep it short.)
few lot of memories:
It’s still a bit surreal to think that tomorrow I’ll be living in the city that I’ll learn to call home. It’s a bit nerve wrecking to leave this comfort zone but it’s a step I’ve always wanted to take. This is the beginning of a new adventure and I can’t wait.
Goodbye, Des Moines. You’ve been so good to me.
See you soon, Denver. Hope you’re ready for me!