Why we're moving back to Michigan

Thursday, December 8, 2016

As you can tell by the title of this post, Devin and I are moving back to Michigan after some amazing years in Chicago. For those of you who don't know, Devin and I met in Grand Rapids after high school, so it's home for both of us. Then, we both went to school in Chicago, so the city has become our college campus. Before we got married, we decided we wanted to move back home for several reasons.

When we first started telling people we were moving back to Michigan, they were shocked. I've branded myself as this "chic city girl", so this came as a surprise to everyone. Their initial reaction went something along the lines of: "WHAT? Why would you do that?"

Not something we really wanted to hear. We were both so excited to start a new journey together.

Everyone questioned us...

"Why...."
"What about your career?"
"Why would you leave the city?"
"What are you going to do with yourself?
"Grand Rapids? Really?"
"Who are you going to hang out with?"

Thankfully, we have friends who are extremely happy for us and completely understand our decision.

"What an exciting new adventure as a married couple!"
"To be honest, I've been thinking about doing that, too."
"I can't wait to visit!"
"I don't blame you, I miss my family!"
"You're going to be able to live so much more comfortably!"

Chicago is EXPENSIVE. Devin and I have been living in tiny, one-bedroom apartments without modern amenities for years. I haven't had a dishwasher or a washer/dryer in my home since high school. Paying $1,500+ in rent and utilities each month for the bare minimum is just depressing. We're ready to get more for our money. We're ready to SAVE money. We're ready to start planning for our future.

But money aside, the real reason why we are moving back to Michigan is for family. We miss our families. I've been in Chicago for almost 7 years, and Devin for almost 5. We've missed so much while we've been here. Engagements, babies, family dinners. We see posts on social media and desperately wish we were with them to celebrate life's milestones. We don't want to miss those anymore. We can't miss them.

This decision has shown me what my priorities are. Family is truly more precious than any commodity or lifestyle. Sure, living in the city is fabulous, but it's not home to us. And with many changes coming to both our families in the very near future, we don't want to miss a single thing.

Chicago - you've been a great place to start my adulthood. But I'm ready to go home, now.

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