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Within 1 month, D interviewed for a job, was offered the job, accepted the job, moved (both of us) to Minnesota and in with my parents. Phew.

Honestly I never knew my whole life could change that fast. Wow. I had been in denial the past couple weeks but alas it came to a head Tuesday night while I was waiting for my flight to Minneapolis from Bentonville where I was for work. While sitting in front of the Delta gate labeled MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, I all of a sudden got short of breath and really HOT. I quickly took my wool coat off and tried not to think about how I wasn’t going home to warm Tucson, lovely friends and my cute, comfortable home. I was going to the frigid cold and into a life I didn’t know yet. It hadn’t hit me til then. My whole life was changing and it was up to me to roll with it. I started playing out scenarios in my head that would somehow eventually end us back in Arizona but every scenario fell short of reality and the fact that D had been offered a exciting opportunity right out of school.

So here I am in Rochester, Minnesota, the town I grew up in and left at 18. Now I’m back. And while there continues to be “what ifs”, I know that this is where my adventure continues…

  • Ashley Donde

    I had no idea you moved :( I’m happy for you guys and the new opportunities though! We will miss you and your beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Ashley, that is really nice of you to say!ReplyCancel

  • Haha, I love how you included a photo of all your sweaters. That in itself is a big change! πŸ˜‰ Honestly though, yes it’s a big life change, but I know you will choose to roll with it and see the positive in every challenging moment. I hope there aren’t too many of those though. The great thing about adventures is that they are always evolving, and not scripted. Who knows where life will take you next. I think you are doing the right thing by staying open to whatever comes your way. :)ReplyCancel

  • So true Sara – good reminder that adventures are exciting! Thanks for the encouragement :)ReplyCancel

  • Cori Friezen

    First of all, know that you and Dustin are missed. Adventures are fun but also confusing and emotional. I know that you are Dustin are going to do amazing things in the Nations Ice Box! Enjoy this time together and enjoy the cold weather for me, it’s in the 70’s here….gross for January!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Cori – we will for sure miss you guys too!! Enjoy that weather for me!ReplyCancel

  • Christie

    I enjoy following your blog and find it interesting that while you moved and changed I did also but opposite of you. We found out in Dec that my husband was transferring from Mankato, MN to Phoenix, AZ and moved ourselves and 4 kids in 15 days to a hotel and then a rental house. It feels so strange and in the quickness I think things catch up with you and you miss the familiar things, the little things and yet look forward to all that is new and possibilities. I wish you all the best.ReplyCancel

    • Wow Christie! That is a huge change for you specially with 4 kids! I recommend building up a community of friends around you there – it was definitely a lifesaver for us when we were down there since we had no family in Arizona. I wish you and your family an easy transition into the desert! Thank you so much for the comment – good to hear from others who have similar experiences.ReplyCancel

  • Minnesota is where all the fun is. And all the snow… but mostly all the fun.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Hey Kelly! I just wanted you to know that I really enjoy your blog. I look forward to Mondays and Fridays every week because I know there will be a post-the ones in between just add to the joy :) I just wanted to say thanks for all the fun creative tips. I’m taking up photography and really enjoyed your advice the other day! Thanks! But mostly I wanted to give you some encouragement…I recently moved from Europe to LA to North Dakota all in the span of 2 months…I totally get what you’re going through! And I know you grew up in Rochester but my sis lives there too and she’s pretty rock star amazing and loves meeting people…so if you’re ever in need of a friend i can give you her number! (I hope that’s not weird-we’re super friendly people)ReplyCancel

    • Heidi – so glad you commented! It’s a nice reality check to hear that others have gone through bigger changes than mine! Wow and what a change for you! I hope you are all settled in now! I’d love to get your sister’s number – I love meeting new people too and it never hurts to branch out and make new friends :) Good luck with your photography – glad to be of a little help and inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Welcome back to Minnesota!!!!!!! I hope your enjoying all the piles of snow we have been gatting lately :)ReplyCancel

  • […] along with yesterday’s post, I wanted to share with you where D and I are now staying. We are at my parent’s house and […] ReplyCancel

  • Coley

    Wow Kelly, big changes! I’m excited for your adventures ahead of you :) Mine wasn’t as big of a change, but I moved from Minneapolis to a town of 600 in North Dakota- so it’s do-able…and fun! Plus, I can’t wait for your photos with snow, I was sick of being jelous after seeing people in summer clothes while it’s 30 below 0 right now!ReplyCancel

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  • I’m sad that you won’t be in Arizona anymore, but Ryan’s WHOLE extended family is from Rochester. I think I’ll probably have a better chance of seeing you there than Tucson. I’ll be sure to email you when I visit!! Best wishes to you and your hubs during this exciting time!!!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Alex! Definitely let me know when you come to Rochester! That’d be so fun to meet up with you! :)ReplyCancel

  • this happens to me every once in a while. I all of the sudden realize what I am doing in that very moment and it freaks me out but it’s what keeps me going! Lovely blog :)ReplyCancel

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