• Rachel Brooks

A Moving Series - Pt. 1, Getting Out

Well, we made it everyone! Steven along with our three beautiful kitties are officially residents of Colorado, USA! It still does not feel real... We often say to each other that we feel like we're still in Wisconsin, not 1000 miles away from everyone we know. That the long drive and packing craziness was all a hazy fog. But, when we drive somewhere and off in the distance I see those beautiful Rocky Mountains- suddenly I remember we are finally where we wanted to be, where our hearts ached to be.

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See, Steven and I have been planning this move for a while, but it was quite a bumpy and challenging road to get to where we are now.

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When I met Steven, he had no intentions of wanting to leave Wisconsin or even Green Bay and ALL I wanted to do was get far, far away. After moving back to my hometown area after two amazing years of college in New York City, my heart and soul were meant for somewhere that wasn't surrounded by cheeseheads and dairy farms. This issue alone almost caused me and my now husband to call everything off. We knew we loved each other so much that we needed to find a way to make it work, but he knew that if it came down to it my dreams of living anywhere but where we were, were going to win.

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I don't remember when Steven and I chose Denver or decided that we would really like to live there someday, honestly. Some people knew our intentions before, but I remember in January 2020 I made it public knowledge that Steven and I were looking to move to the Rocky Mountains ASAP! That finalized decision was premeditated by a string of rejection emails and a general lack of inspiration in my theatre world in Wisconsin. Steven also was feeling a lack of opportunity in his IT career field, so we needed to go where the possibilities, motivation, and adventure were.

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By this time, Steven and I were engaged- and going back to what I told you about our big difference earlier in this blog post, we discussed and sorted through a lot dealing with our thoughts and feelings on moving. But we knew that we wanted to wait till after our October 2020 wedding to actually move away because I felt planning a wedding out of state would have been too stressful. And then, the pandemic happened, in the middle of our wedding and moving plans. To say it set us back is an understatement.

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COVID was really hard on me, mentally. All I wanted to do was leave Wisconsin and get going on Steven and my journey, but the world was telling us you can't go or do anything. For sure, it was most certainly needed, but my emotions did not handle this well. My wedding was falling apart and I started to believe we would never "get out." A dream that I personally had, had since I returned home from NYC in 2013. It was something I didn't just want, it was something I needed.

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To sum it all up, why we wanted to move...

1) We want a life of adventure. Denver is certainly a stop along the way and not a final destination. We want to see the world.

2) New opportunities!

3) A better, more visually appealing surrounding.

4) City lifestyle over rural lifestyle.

5) Probably other things, but those come to mind right away.

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I'm really excited to be bringing you our moving story, a little series giving you insight into Steven and my dramatic and adventurous move from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Denver, Colorado! This is just the beginning of our story. Check back for Part Two: How We Get From Here to There.

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I'm so thankful for everyone's love, support, well wishes, and good luck messages! They have been so appreciated during this kind of chaotic time. 💗

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Until next time.

-Rachel