This week I am serendipitously remembering my relocation from Chicago to Minneapolis in 1995. The phrase ignorance is bliss is appropriate when considering the decision to move away from all that we knew and all the family we loved. I had NO idea what I was in for. Once settled in Minnesota, I began the steady work of opening up to the local community. Building relationships, making investments in local businesses, learning to trust my local network of service and business professionals. Looking back on it now, I see that doing this once was hard. Doing this twice...what was I thinking? As I stated before, I love Phoenix and have no regrets about the change. I'm now consciously understanding the work I need to commit to, yet again, to open myself up to the local community...especially from a professional perspective. Living as an outsider is very difficult. Not being part of the networks and relationships that make up the business community here in Phoenix, I am very interested in finding ways to "break in." This is my project in the immediate term. If you have any recommendations for this please feel free to leave them in comments.
When I made the move from Chicago to Minneapolis, I had a job with a local company. This helped in making those local connections. Here, almost all of the companies I have worked for are out-of-state and had me as a virtual employee. This has made for a very lonely and disconnected existence. It is for this reason that I am committed to doing the work of making it happen in Phoenix now. I love this place. There is such immense beauty here. My kids are very content here. All of us have had opportunities here that we wouldn't have had in Minnesota. This is the place for us. And in order for it to work, I really need to do the work of building a LOCAL network. Help!!! Time to get in the game and make it happen here!