lucky stars collide

It’s hard to imagine many things happier than living together in a city filled with friends.  That’s all most of us can ask for, right?  To be grounded in a city where we feel connected to the people around us.  To be able to throw a dinner party at the behest of a phone-call or two.

A month after we got engaged, Jon received a job offer from a company in Mondovi, Wisconsin – a town of 2,700.  Mondovi’s claim-to-fame is that there isn’t a street-light in the entire town.  Residents may roam freely.  

When we first met, Jon’s job required working late-nights (midnight on a week day) and weekend hours (usually Saturday and Sunday from noon-five).  I wanted to be able to spend more time together, and Jon promised to make that happen.  Perhaps, I shouldn’t have been too surprised when he came home with a bottle of champagne and a map.  Beggars can’t choosers, after all. 
Deciding to leave Chicago – my sweet family, my friends, and my job – was incredibly scary.  I’d moved half a dozen times in my life, but this was the first time it felt like leaving home.  

Why the sudden unease?  Previous moves had come with a built-in social network, a group of friends that would make transitioning more comfortable. When you start college, for example, you’re beginning a new life with thousands of other people that are embarking on a new journey. With a bit of luck, you’ll experience the ups-and-downs of college alongside people that will become lifelong friends.

We lived in Mondovi for just over a year, and then Jon’s company moved us to downtown Minneapolis.  Once again, I felt uncomfortable about the move and the prospect of making new friends.  Rumors that Minneapolites were as cold as the weather made me nervous:


New Years Eve marked 7 months in Minneapolis, and Jon and I decided to spend the evening sipping champagne and playing games with friends.  I went shopping for party crowns and horns and hats before the event, and as I tried to match celebratory gear to my friends’ personalities, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for all the truly kind people I’ve met here.  

The Minneapolites that I call friends are down-to-earth, genuine, and fun.  Mixing a group of them together for an NYE party made for a perfect night.  When the clock struck midnight, I kissed my sweetheart and thanked my lucky stars that our adventures had landed us in such lovely company.

11 thoughts on “lucky stars collide

  1. Such an inspiring outcome. I’ve made two cross country moves in the past two years, both to large cities that are quadruple the size of my hometown. Each transition has been hard but also exciting. I love exploring different places but it’s so hard to meet new people. Happy New Year!

  2. I can totally relate. Usually a move is with school, or to go to college, or something like that. My friends and I always joke that the hardest thing about the real world is learning how to make friends without a class or something. Happy New Years to you! 🙂

  3. Such a lovely post! I’m so glad you and your hubby have found a little place for yourselves in Minneapolis! And Cards Against Humanity?! Bah! We played that on NYE too! So darn funny!

  4. Having the chance to live somewhere where you’re able to build a strong community of friends is such a blessing! Angel and I have struggled to build friendships in our current home–which has left me relying a lot on long-distance friendships from past homes–but I’m grateful for friends whether they are near or far!

  5. So glad you were able to enjoy your New Year’s with friends after just 7 months of living there! I’ve lived in KC for almost 2 years now, and I find making friends a bit difficult. Maybe because I grew up in a small town where I never had to worry about making new friends, because I knew everyone! Happy New Years! 🙂

  6. So much fun!! It’s so nice that you have found a great support system there! Ps–I just realized when you comment on my blog I don’t think you get any of my replies via email… 😦

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