I've blogged several times about my 9 month transformation since I've been living in Minnesota. Change: I am living in Minnesota and not "going to school in Minnesota."
Being in Vancouver (which I do still call home) was great, and I was so thankful to have the opportunity to catch up with so many family and friends. I feel like I fit in as much as I could. It was a great week.
I was also excited to come back home to Minnesota. The transition was amazingly smooth.
Change has happened. When I go to Vancouver, I know I am visiting.
When I get back to Minnesota, I know I am home. For now.
Change is coming. I am excited to see what's in store for 2012 (and can't even venture a guess as to what that will look like).
Being in a relationship has taught me so much about myself. I have learned to open myself up to others, to expose my vulnerabilities, and to unleash my true thoughts, which I've had a tendency to let swirl around in my head to the point of driving myself crazy.
I have learned how much I value the insight of my friends and family.
I have learned that there are big things that will always be important and little things that I can let go.
I have learned that you can have layers upon layers of happiness. I was happy before, and am even happier now.
I have been reminded of how very, very fortunate I am. I have a Faith that will get me through anything. I have two homes. I have family (blood and "surrogate") in both of my homes. I have wonderful friends near and far. I have a long list of people who will sit and listen to hours-upon-hours of my gabbing. I have a great apartment and am employed. I have a boyfriend who makes me feel valued, interesting, and has added many layers of happiness.
If only time could just freeze for a minute...