Dear Boston


Dear Boston*,

Today marks our one year anniversary.  In some ways, I can't believe it's already been a full 365 days since we packed up the U-Haul and made the journey out here. In others, it seems so long ago because of how I have evolved as a person in the past year. 

Our very first picture in Boston
In celebration, I want to say thank you. You've had a great impact in many parts of my life; some which were expected, and others not so much.  First we'll cover the things I expected.  You've opened my mind.  There's something about experiencing new things that gives you a new perspective on life and on people. Living here has made me more open to loving people.  I've learned to love people and to have more compassion for those less fortunate than I without regard for how they ended up in the situation that they're in.  You've taught me that it's not my place to judge these people. It's only my job to love them. 

You've strengthened my relationship with the bf. (That's right. His name still isn't being disclosed).  Sure, the kind of pressure that comes from making this kind of move together and having only each other to rely on has the potential to destroy a relationship.  So I feel extremely fortunate to say that it has done the exact opposite.  We are 20 times closer to each other than we were a year ago, and I have this move to thank for that.

You've given me a job at a company that I LOVE and feel so fortunate to have found. You've introduced me to a church that I feel connected to, and one where there are people who are open to new people coming in. THANK YOU for both of these things. They can be harder to come by than one might expect.

You've shown me that most people in the Northeast don't fit the "rude" stereotype. I can say that people here are more straightforward, but that doesn't make them rude. It's only a difference in how we were raised and I can't fault them for that just as they shouldn't fault me for how I was raised.  I truly believe that we are all really a lot alike at heart. The main difference lies in how we express ourselves. You've taught me that if you have an open mind in situations like this, you will inevitably see the best in people.

As for things I didn't expect... I definitely didn't see this one coming a year ago, but you've given me a greater appreciation for the Midwest.  It may be simple and lacking in beauty of the obvious type, but it's beautiful in its own flat land and cornfields kind of way. It's beautiful in that it's home.  Boston, you've taught me that while moving away and adventures of this type are exciting and something that I enjoy, I also no longer scoff at the idea of living in the Midwest. It actually makes sense to me as to why people move back.  Had I never moved away, I would've NEVER made this realization. 

You've taught me that city life is exciting and vibrant, but there's something about the normalcy of life in the 'burbs that is to be sought after.  It's not as glamorous, but you've shown me that to me, it's normal, it's comfortable, and it feels like home.  On the same note, you've taught me that I can get by with less and that material things don't make me any happier from a long-term standpoint.   

So thank you, Boston. Thank you for giving me a greater appreciation for life, the Northeast, and the Midwest.  Thank you for everything you've taught me; both the things I expected and those that I did not.  Whether this becomes a long term relationship or not, I can say that this was a move worth making and a journey I'll never forget.

In other news, I'm also over at In the Queen City today sharing a fun outfit for a vacay out west!

* After writing and reading this, I think that this letter could and should also be addressed to God, because it is through Him that all of this was possible and through Him that I've learned the things that I have. I would of course have to emit the one year anniversary part and my uncertainty on whether or not we will have a long term relationship ;)

22 comments:

Susan said...

Wow Morgan, this was a really inspiring post. I have always been scared of moving away from the Midwest because it has been the normal and the comfort zone, but after reading this, I am inspired at some point to take that leap of faith and make a move. It sounds like a great adventure and I am so happy that it has worked out so well for you! What a great blessing you guys have had!

Alissa | Feeling Good said...

Yay for a year in Boston!! That's so great to hear all the things you've learned along the way. I've definitely had those experiences since moving to Maryland. And- AMEN on the last part. We just found a church and have been going every Sunday and I feel so revitalized for the week ahead.

Alissa
FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

morgan said...

sounds like you are doing wonderful things in boston! i know how that feels about moving away and it making you appreciate the place you're from even more! i've never been to boston, but your post makes me want to visit!

Jodi said...

Hey Morgan, I didn't realize you had been here a year! Congrats on surviving! It was great meeting you yesterday. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

Head to Toe Chic said...

Congrats on one year!! Sounds like you've experienced amazing things in Boston! Sometimes I wish I had the guts to move to a big city.

Xo,
Angela

Lindsay K {lastyearoftwentysomething} said...

Love this! It is so important to take the time to realize all of the blessings in our lives! It seems you have it made in the shade in Boston! That is one city I would love to visit one day!

ashley nicole catherine said...

love this post! and what a fabulous reminder to be grateful and thankful - change isn't easy, but if we can see the good in it, we'll be so much happier.

Always Maylee said...

Aw Morgan, congrats on 1 year in Boston. I hope that your relationship with this city continues to grow and flourish. We love having you here! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

s said...

aw what a sweet heartfelt post, i love it! happy happy anny to you two. <3 xO!
www.thehautecookie.com

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

Happy one year in Boston! This is such a lovely post and it's great that you've made it your home and have so many things to be thankful for!

smk053078 said...

Congrats on making the move, sticking with it and finding simple joys in it all. I think you could move anywhere, fit in and make the most of it. I am waiting for the BF name reveal! ;)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Moving away from the midwest decades ago taught me that it's hard to go back.... I went back and was miserable there. I had simply out grown the way of life, the people, the views outside my window. Moving away taught me to go with my heart. My heart was simply not in Iowa. We have moved numerous times over the past 15 years and it is that that has made me grow. I'm glad to hear that you are happy with the move you made to the midwest, but I'll take the eastern U.S. Bloom where we are planted, right?

Ashley said...

What a great adventure, being in Boston. So glad to hear that you've learned a lot this year!

Carolyn said...

So glad that you've come to love this city! But this post gives me a little inkling of desire to uproot myself from this state I've lived in since I was 5 - I think everyone needs to push themselves through that experience someday.

Megan Wait said...

A colleague of mine was just there for a week and she thought that Boston was the most beautiful place on earth!

It's great that you met such nice people there and that you found a church that makes your heart happy!

Audrey Allure said...

Such a lovely post :)

Allison said...

Awesome post Morgan!! Congrats on one year in Boston...moving to a new city can be scary but is SO rewarding!

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

wow...sounds like it's been a good year. I'm terrified of moving out of So Cal just because it is home for me. But I think it is awesome you were able to make this move and enjoy the benefits from the decision. Some day I will visit (because the Patriots play in Boston, right?) and you can show me the "native" side of Boston :)

Rachel Andre said...

This was lovely and touching Morgan. I absolutely love developing and growing in character, the process can suck, but the end results are sweet. Yay @ finding a great church home. Cute pic with the BF. xo

Amanda Raborn said...

What a refreshing post- glad you made the best of your move and it seems to have been nothing but great for you! Cheers to that, sister!

Amanda
It's an Easy Life

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

This post melts my heart! You are so brave and adventurous, so thank YOU for being such a brave woman! People like you inspire me! If only I had the guts to up and move and make big life changes :)

Congrats on 365 days!

Taylor Green said...

Aww, Morgan! I'm so glad you've had such an amazing year. This post makes me wanna move to Boston right now! Hehe :) Praying for another amazing year!
xoxo
CoverGirl + Converse

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