• Rachel Brooks

A Moving Series - Pt. 2, How We Get From Here to There

After we decided that Denver, Colorado was the place we set our mind to there were a lot of things that had to happen in order for us to get us, well, there. Neither one of us had moved this dramatically since College/The Military so it felt like we were swimming against the current sometimes. And truthfully, we still do as things start to solidify with our move here in Colorado.

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We made a timeline for ourselves to leave around February 2021 (obviously we didn't make that timeframe 🙈) after our October wedding, which gave us 3 months to get our affairs in order. And first up was my job.

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At the time of my wedding, I was currently employed and had been employed with LOFT at Bay Park Square, mostly full-time, since 2013. And although retail may not have been my ideal career path, being in the co-manager position, forming strong bonds with my co-workers, creating memories with some really memorable customers, and so on... made leaving was not that easy. But when the time came they found my replacement, which I helped train, and I slowly dropped down in hours until I was done working consistently in-store, which was about the time of our move to Denver.

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On the other side of leaving my current place of employment, I had to find NEW opportunities and ways to make a living here in Colorado. Luckily through hiring websites, Colorado theatre virtual communities, and so on I was able to score two really awesome gigs directing and choreographing summer productions. Check out more information about these coming soon to my Current Projects page!

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In Steven's field, it's a little harder to find a position in Colorado without living in Colorado, but he's now got a few interviews lined up and I'm super proud of him.

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Next was somewhere to live. UGH. It's no surprise that Denver/Boulder are populated areas but apartments do not stick on the market long and THEN you add your name to a waiting list to hopefully be called within the next three months. It got to the point where our lack of housing was starting to interfere with the positions I had gotten in Colorado. The fact is I needed to get out West sooner rather than later.

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Now here comes storytime!

Things seemed a little desperate until Wednesday, April 7th... I woke up that morning stressed out about not having an apartment yet and both Steven and I were pretty jobless. I knew I would be employed soon, but we both needed to be in Denver, Colorado for our careers and, honestly, our sanity.

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Steven and I spent the early am packing up some wall hangings with Steven. We joked about another day with no calls from any apartments we applied for months ago... but secretly it was killing us.

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A few hours later, I was working on planning out some Instagram content/photoshoots. When I saw Earth Day coming up I asked Steven, "Do you think we will be in Colorado by the twentieth? I'd love to do a mountain photoshoot for Earth Day." He shrugged like he usually does when I ask this question. "We will keep trying." That was the end of that conversation.

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I continued to work on planning content for maybe another hour or so when Steven, standing a few feet away from me but not conversing, looks up from his phone and says in his most excited voice (which is still pretty monotone 🤣) "Hey Boo. What if I told you I came across some temporary housing in Colorado that we could move into right now. Today."

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Thinking back on the moment I don't remember if the first wave of emotions to hit were nerves, excitement, or stress but all three happened pretty quickly.

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And thus our moving story began...

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To summarize a few hours of tag phone calls, lots of texting, and freaking out, here's what happened.

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One of Steven's family members had a friend who was currently selling a home in Denver, Colorado. She agreed to rent it out to Steven and me until we found something more permanent.

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And thus, our crazy #happilyevercolorado journey really began!

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More to come in Part Three: 7 Days to Get It Together

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P.S. I was blown away by the support of Part One. I have the best community. Thanks for making me feel seen, loved and heard. I hope you also feel that way.

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-Rachel