Growing up, I thought I would always be a city girl. Every tv show I watched, celebrities I admired, visions I had for my future – everything screamed “city girl”. Everyone in my family thought so too – it is where I felt I would belong.
My hometown was not near a big city, its big but very residential and about 2 hours from Madison, WI. The closest city is Green Bay. I say this only because it’s not like I was living near a big city and felt like I belonged there, I literally just thought I would like living in a city.
In my head, I would be successful, trendy, walk down city streets with sky scarper buildings, and eat out all the time with my girlfriends (lol the most cliché). This was maybe ages between 14-20? Flashforward to my life now and I am the complete opposite, and I LOVE IT.
Meeting Matt opened my eyes to a whole new world that I didn’t know I would belong in. His family is how we got to the house we live in now. It’s a long story but we share the property with the family business so it works out perfectly.
From college, I moved to Minneapolis thinking, “Ok, this is it. I’m going to live my city girl dreams.” Nope. I lived in South Minneapolis so it wasn’t in the heart of it all but it just wasn’t for me. It was expensive, parking was so frustrating anywhere I went, dirty, lonely, and a little spooky. I felt so out of place.
As I get older, I realize I’m much further from a city girl than I thought. I love the outdoors. I love having our own space without any close neighbors. I love the peaceful feeling I get when I look out at the cornfield in the summer. I love having space for a big garden. I love being guarded by huge trees. I love living in the country.
I’ve learned a lot since moving away from the city, and I’m going to continue to learn throughout the years. I’m a country newbie, that’s for sure haha. Still hate bugs and I don’t think that’s changing.
It feels good though, to finally find a place I feel comfortable in and to share it with someone I love. I never thought I would feel this way and now I can’t imagine my life any other way.