I don’t even know where the idea of Colorado came from.
A little more than a year ago, I started to make plans to move to out west. When people ask me why I chose Colorado, I usually throw them the “why not?!” with a little verse about how I needed to leave the place I was born and raised for a while. In my mind, I’ve always thought of it to be my little reconnaissance journey after unexpectedly losing my boyfriend last year. But when I think about it now, I’m not so sure. I can’t pinpoint the exact time or reasoning. After visiting in March to check out the different areas, I set my heart on Boulder. I’m still not really sure what made me so dead-set on the this square shaped state instead of California or Oregon or any other place. Maybe I didn’t feel like flying to all of the west coast to see where I liked best when it was easier to just decide and then focus in on it. Now that I’m here though, I can’t stop smiling at how it all played out. How can something so serendipitous feels so right and purposeful at the same time? Was I meant to land here or am I just making the most of it? So far along in this journey, everything has been making me feel like I’m am exactly where I am supposed to be. And whenever I think “it’s all just good luck,” I get another big, colorfully obvious, wonderful sign to reassure me that it’s not just luck.
Last monday, I shoved my belongings into my 2001 Honda Accord, had a big breakfast with my family at one of my favorite hometown joints, and then started heading west. The 48-hour drive was definitely not as excruciating as I had expected it to be. Instead of making a week long, sight-seeing road trip out of it, I had decided that since I hate being stuck in the car for long drives, we should just try to straight shoot it. The only stop we made was at the Katy Hearn Gym in Indiana, and I don’t regret that for a second. *If anyone is looking for some top of the line equipment, many of which are rare and special, I highly recommend checking out that gym. I’d totally make another trip out there (and this time, when they’re in town!).*
My first week in Boulder unfolded so harmoniously, it felt too good to be true. I experienced some of the best food in the coolest restaurants I’ve ever been to. I made friends and got a job right away. I found a yoga studio, dozens of quaint coffee shops, and so many assorted art hubs that have my name written all over them. During my first hike up Green Mountain, I could see snow capped mountains to the north, the city and miles of land to the east, and some of the most beautiful blankets of trees I’ve ever seen. When I think about all the little things that keep falling into place, or even the stuff that could have gone wrong, but didn’t, it makes me feel like I have the whole universe on my side to back me up. First off, my tiny car made it almost cross country, when everyone told me it was never going to make it. I snagged the perfect little place tucked beside the mountains, yet walking distance to Pearl street. When I needed drawers to put my clothes in, but couldn’t really afford to spend anymore on my room, I kept my clothes folded in their boxes. Then the next day I found the exact drawers I wanted for twelve dollars at a thrift shop. And when Garrett flew back home and I was so nervous about being all by myself, the town turned on their Christmas lights for the first time, and literally lighted up my walk home.
I know the novelty will eventually ware off and that in context, my “big move” may seem incredibly ordinary to others. At my first day at my new job, we had to fill out a questionnaire to get to know one another. The first question was “what do you feel is your biggest achievement?” and I quickly jotted down “moving to Colorado.” We had to read them out loud and everyone was gracious enough to smile at my answer. Most of my coworkers are from the area. But it truly is one of my proudest accomplishments. I’ve made my dream become a reality, and the synchronicity that I feel here is something that I’ve never experienced before. Everything is unfolding perfectly and I know this is the place I am supposed to be right now. I’m so excited for the future and what this remarkable place has to hold for me.