Saturday, October 3, 2015

Celebrate the Need for Change.

Celebrate This Week was established by Ruth Ayres

It's funny how when I get an idea in my mind, I become monomaniacal about it.

One of my favorite books is Natalie Lloyd's middle grade novel, A Snicker of Magic. I love the quirky town of Midnight Gulch and I love the main character Felicty Pickle's desire for a place to finally call home despite her mama's wandering heart.

I always thought I was more like Felicity than her mama. While I do have a sense of wanderlust, I also want a consistent place to call home. Lately I've been feeling more like mama than Felicity.

For the past ten years, my husband and I have lived contentedly in Canton, Michigan. I have been happy here. We have plenty of space, we live in a condo so we don't have to mow the lawn, shovel snow, or do yard work.

But lately I've been feeling the pull to leave this place. I've just outgrown it, metaphorically speaking.

I'm tired of the sprawl of the suburbs.
I'm tired of subdivisions and homeowner's associations.
I'm tired of sharing walls with neighbors.

I want to live in a tree-lined neighborhood.
I want to be able to go places without having to get in my car.
I want to live in a town where culture and activity are always around the corner or down the road.

I've been hinting at these thoughts to my husband for the past few months. This week, he finally acknowledged this desire of mine and said he'd be willing to entertain the idea of moving. We've decided that with winter coming though it's probably not the best of ideas to move right now. So we will begin looking for a new home in earnest in the spring. We plan to move to my
Hoping to get the chance to hang out on this corner in Ann Arbor more often
favorite town in Michigan, Ann Arbor, which has just about everything I want in a town: a downtown with loads of restaurants and cool shops, cultural events, mindful residents, it's walkable, and has those tree-lined neighborhoods I'm seeking. The only thing it doesn't have is a warm climate year-round, but we can't have it all, friends. :)

As I write this, I'm listening to the doors closing and walls banging of new neighbors moving in to the condo next door. This incessant reminder that the walls of this home are not completely ours is beginning to take its toll. As I said, once I get an idea in my head, it begins to fester. I'm ready for a change of scenery.

And so the process of change begins.



  1. Starting something new and moving is always an exciting time! Some people can just pick up and go or make a change like it is part of their daily routine. Having time to think about it is always good in my mind. I wish you well with your new adventure.

  2. Excited times ahead!! Definitely something to celebrate!
    Best of luck

  3. So exciting! A place with culture and activity and not having to drive a car sounds wonderful!

  4. First of all, I've now heard the word, "monomaniacal" used twice in two days. LOVE that word! I am getting excited for you!! This is so exciting!!! I can't wait to hear all about the journey and the adventure!!

  5. I understand that itchy feeling! Glad you've got a goal and have something to work towards. I'm only in the itchy stage :)

  6. My husband and I talk about the need to do the same thing. We want exactly what you're talking about. I've never been to Ann Arbor. I had no idea it contained the kind of things we would want. Just goes to show there are lots of possibilities out there. So great you are going for it.

  7. exciting! I'm the same way... I get an idea, and I can't shake it off! It's great that you made a decision and have time to spend looking for the right spot.

  8. Change is always exciting and scary. But it's great when we can plan for it rather than have it be thrown at us.