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Big Changes...

I've been keeping a little secret from this blog for a couple of months now but I'm finally ready/able to share...

We're moving!!! 

As of this fall, we will no longer be Chicago residents.  After over 4.5 years of city living, we will be packing up and heading back to our home state of Michigan!  We are a whole mix of emotions: happy/sad/excited/nervous/thrilled/anxious, just depends on the day :)  Nick's company is based out of a city on the West side of Michigan so he will just be transferring offices.  In the long run, it will pay off much more for him to be in the corporate office compared to a smaller office in Chicago so that was a big factor in our decision. Not to mention that both of our families live in Michigan, we still have so many friends there and we've been getting antsy with downtown living... well, it was almost a no brain-er.


Overall, this is a very positive thing.  We are both from Michigan, met there during college, even got married there last summer.  In a way it's like going home... but it's also like starting all over again.  As excited as we are, it will be hard to leave.  We really love Chicago.  We have an amazing little life here that will be extremely hard to say goodbye to.  We have a super close group of friends, I have a great job and I mean come on, it's Chicago.  There is always something to do and new restaurants to try and let's not even talk about the shopping I'll be leaving behind.


The hardest part without a doubt will be leaving our friends.  But I know nothing will change besides the fact that we won't see each other quite as often!  Another tough one will be moving out of our apartment.  We've made so many memories here in the last 4.5 years and our apartment has been the longest "home" I've ever had other than my childhood home.  As much as I'm ready for a house, a yard, being able to have a dog, painted walls, a garage... it will be crazy to say goodbye to this place.  We moved in together here, lived here with our friend Adam that passed away last summer, got engaged in this living room, planned our wedding and came home from our honeymoon here.  We've had birthday parties, NYE parties and a lot of parties for no reason (sorry neighbors).  We've made memories that will last a lifetime here with our friends and an almost constant stream of visitors.  It's been home for the last 4 years... so it will be very hard to say goodbye to this place.

NYE 2012

However, all the mushy emotions aside, we feel SO good about our decision.  It's definitely the right choice for us in the long run and we are beyond excited for a new chapter in our lives!  Our next big decision is where exactly we are going to live.  We are torn between living near work or living near family.  They are about 1.5 hours apart from each other so our two options are 1) live in the same city as Nick's work but where we do not really know anyone and be said 1.5 hours away from family OR 2) live in between both.. 45 mins from Nick's work (which will unfortunately give him a one hour commute to and from work) and about 30 mins from our family.   I'd love any advice/opinions you guys have on this!  Both options have their pro's and con's and we are heading back to Michigan at the end of the month to explore both areas and hopefully settle on a decision.

Like I mentioned, it's a whole mix of emotions but "excited" is definitely winning out :)  We are soooo ready for this next chapter and I wanted to share here so I could document it every step of the way!

Goodbye Chicago..


Hello Pure Michigan :)


Linking up with Shanna

52 comments

  1. Change is ALWAYS scary! I'm sure you'll make new friends and create an awesome new life in Michigan! (well, new OLD life?) whatever, you'll be awesome I'm sure! ;) Good luck with the move!

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  2. CONGRATS LADY! That's exciting!

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  3. Change is scary..!! But how fun to move back home!!! There's no place like home :)

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    1. No place like home is SO right! We can't wait to be back in Michigan and closer to our friends & family there :)

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  4. oh my gosh, yay! how exciting!! and terrifying lol. i think i cried the entire flight to the US when I moved in 2012. and I cried when we left our apartment and bought a house. change is scary no matter how big or small. but this sounds amazing! cant wait to hear more :) yay for painted walls!

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  5. I had no idea you were from Michigan! My entire family is from there. My grandmother was born and raised in Flint. I know it's a bad city now....Lots of my aunts and uncles live in Grand Rapids, a few cousins in Detroit, great aunt in Ann Arbor, great uncle in Farmington Hills, and three other cousins in Traverse City! haha! Such a small world.

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  6. Sounds like a great move for you both! Congrats!

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  7. Congratulations! Sounds like an exciting move with a lot of new changes!

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  8. Oh my, how exciting! Once you have kids a long commute will be brutal, but there is nothing like being close to family! Such a tough decision!

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  9. Congratulations! Moving is always such an exciting time! So lucky to get to go home to be closer to family and friends! :)

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    1. Thank you! We are so excited! It'll be super nice to see our family more than only a couple times of year :)

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  10. Oh wow! How exciting you two! I'll have to send something Michigan relate to your new place! haha Congrats!

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  11. Congratulations!! That's so great for you guys and being close to family is always amazing!

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  12. I am so happy for you guys! I understand the mix of emotions- we will be saying prayers for you two. What an exciting new journey!

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  13. Congratulations, this is so great for you guys! Totally understand that mix of emotions, but what a fun adventure this will be and it's great both of your families are there. At least you have a little while to really soak up everything you possibly can in Chicago!

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  14. Congrats on your move!!! Such an amazing opportunity and it's great you guys are both from there so that makes the move a bit easier. It will be sad leaving a city you've grown to love but new opportunities are a great thing!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  15. Ahhh so exciting! How appropriate I just sent you that Michigan article yesterday, haha :) I can't wait to hear more about this as your plans progress!

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  16. How exciting! Sometimes change is scary, but it can work out better in the long run! :)

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  17. Congratulations! How exciting! I bet you are a bundle of emotions - I definitely can relate given I've moved three times in the past year. :) As far as where you should live, speaking from experience I do recommend finding a place that is a happy medium between your husband's work and where your family/friends are. My husband and I always say we would rather live where we are happy rather than where we work, but I know the commute can get tiring for my husband right now (he drives about 40 minutes to and from). Ultimately, make the decision that is best for you! Are you buying a house right away or are you still renting? I can't wait to read all your progress updates!

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  18. You know we were all thinking your announcement was a baby :) haha.. I was holding my breath :)
    That's exciting though. Even though I had NO IDEA what that first picture was. I need to go back to Geography 101 :)

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  19. Congratulations Katie! I moved back to my home state after living away for a few years, so I feel your pain/excitement. It's tough to say goodbye, but it's so nice to be closer to family. At least you're still within driving distance! Enjoy your last few months in Chicago!

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  20. Such exciting news!!!! Being closer to your family is such a great feeling and I'm sure the cost of living will be significantly easier than the city living right?

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  21. That picture of Michigan looks amazing

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  22. What an exciting feeling! My co-worker is from MI (and very proud of it!) so I know you are probably really looking forward to it!!!! It's always nice to go back home - regardless of where you're from!!! Congrats on the move, and hopefully your Chicago friends will visit you in MI!!

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  23. Well I SUPPOSE I will be excited that you're excited but I'm still sad we're no longer going to be kind-of-neighbors!

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  24. Congratulations, how exciting for you!!

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  25. I am happy for you! But on a purely selfish level, I am bummed out. Haha.

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  26. Big news for sure! But I'm glad the winning emotion is excited. Michigan always looks so stunning on the commercials and I'm sure a big-city like Chicago has its cons along with its pros. Cheers to a new start in a new city!

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  27. Oh my gosh!! How exciting for you guys!!! :)

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  28. NOOOOOOOO. I mean, yay for you guys, but you know, you're my Chicago blogging buddy. How can I live vicariously through you? :)

    I say live closer to family if Nick is OK with the drive. You're already moving out there, why not live closer to everyone. Don't want to be in the "so close, yet so far" category. In the meantime, one more Chicago summer...enjoy it!

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  29. Congratulations on the move!!! I get how hard it is but you're getting a new start and you can always go back (that's what I told myself when we left California!)

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  30. Oh my goodness, congratulations! How exciting! I will praying your move goes smoothly :)

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  31. hello pure michigan! my husband just applied for a coaching job in michigan and it wouldn't be a bad move for us except the winters how will i deal with the winters??

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  32. I know you'll be sad to say goodbye to Chicago, but moving to Michigan - where your family is - definitely sounds like the right option. So exciting! You have to do what's good for you and Nick, but if I were you, I think I'd choose the option that allows Nick to be a bit closer to work. An hour drive twice a day is a LONG haul and becomes very wearing over time (I say this because my husband did it for several months and it was pretty tough on him after a while!)

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  33. How exciting!! New (old) place and new (old) memories. Fun!!

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  34. Yay! I'll be praying for y'all as you start this new adventure and leave another behind!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carrington! I'll be sure to keep you all updated :)

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  35. Good luck with your move, bet you will miss Chicago.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  36. congratulations on the BIG news! so exicting! i am sure you will love your new home AND you will always be able to visit chicago! congrats! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  37. ps is your blog on bloglovin!? i need to follow

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  38. This was so fun to see on my blog feed today! I actually just posted on my own blog my announcement that I am also relocating in Michigan! What a fun, weird, coincidence!

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  39. Very exciting change! Congrats on your decision!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  40. Well congratulations!!! I've got to get back to Chicago before y'all leave!!

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  41. What huge news!! I bet you are so excited to get closer to family!

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  42. That is so exciting!! Enjoy your last few months there!!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  43. Congrats! I'd say its smarter to live closer to work since it will save money on gas and commuting long distances in the winter is a pain. I grew up in the Chicago area but we were still able to see my mom's family in Rockford (about an hour and a half away) at least once a month. So the drive to visit family shouldn't be so bad.

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  44. How did I miss this? Yay for moving! I'll have to say, moving is very bittersweet! There's always a sadness in leaving a place behind, but I know this adventure will be so exciting for you!
    xo to YOU!

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  45. Congrats on your move!! I'd pick a shorter daily commute because that would mean your hubby would have more time to spend at home with you in the evenings. Also keep in mind the city you see yourself settling into with fun neighborhoods or most affordable home options. Moving is a lot of work but it'll be all worth it when you settle into your new home.

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  46. That's so exciting! I am dying to live in a city but I know it won't be a forever thing. I can definitely see why you have mixed feelings but overall it sounds like a really great opportunity for you both!

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  47. I've been out of the blog world for the past week but congrats!!! Now you can really cheer for your hockey team ;)

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  48. i know you are so excited! glad things are working out for y'all!!

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  49. That's so exciting! We're thinking about moving out of the city soon, too. Best of luck as you make your exciting decisions!!

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