Hello blogging world,
After months of applying for jobs, the Fiancé found a wonderful job in Austin, Texas, and we have since relocated to the South. What does this mean for the blog?
Long Answer: I am no longer lost in the Midwest. Maybe I’m lost in the South, but not quite. Wisconsin played such an important part of my life as a twenty-something. I am forever indebted to this state. I am enamored by its culture, its passive-aggressive people, and the doors it opened up for me. I never thought I would end up in Wisconsin, but frankly I never thought I would end up in Texas either. I am happy nonetheless. There is so much more growing up I have left to do, but I will always look back at the Midwest with nostalgia and hope for the future. I never thought I would consider this seemingly ordinary place home, but I did and I do. When people ask me, where did you move to Austin from? I say, “Wisconsin” with a sense of pride and comfort.
I will miss the Midwest. I will miss its long and dreary winters spent inside wrapped in a blanket, sipping coffee and tea. I will miss drinking beers by the lake with friends during the summer (or that one 55-degree day in the spring). I will miss pseudo-philosophical conversations with other academics. I will miss meeting my friends. I will miss the charming small towns (Mount Horeb, Lake Geneva), the huge cities (Chicago and Milwaukee), and most importantly, Madison: the place where I met my future husband, where I became a doctor of literature, and where I basically became an adult.
Lost in the Midwest was a way to explore how I felt about my relationship to Wisconsin, with my friends and with myself. Back in 2014, I felt as if someone had pulled a rug from underneath me. Life changed so quickly, but it also became the best thing for me.
Short Answer: I have closed the domain for lostinthemidwest.com and maybe I will start blogging through some other platform but, in the meantime, I am taking a much needed separation from the idea of feeling lost. I don’t want to be lost anymore.
Matt and I will be exploring what Texas has to offer and, so far, we’re slowly enjoying getting to know our own home. I hope that, with this post, you feel less lost than I did six years ago. I hope you encounter the happiness and love and hope for the future. As that cheesy early 00s song goes, the rest is still unwritten.
Until next time…