Detroit Skyline over Detroit River

A Change in Plans…

This is a hard post for me to write.

I’m a planner. As I write this, I have about 14 separate to-do lists running through my brain. And that’s pretty much my standard. “Go with the flow” is not really in my DNA. The past three months I haven’t had much of a choice. I’ve been learning a lot about how to let go of the tight hold I have on my plans, especially when they take a turn in the opposite direction. In this case, I mean it quite literally.

When Will heard about the job in Switzerland, we were ecstatic. I mean, living in Europe – our actual dream come true! We love Europe. We love traveling. It was all right there at our fingertips.

Swiss work visas are extremely difficult to get if you’re outside the EU. We knew this, we just thought it meant that I wouldn’t be able to work. We had no idea that it meant Will wouldn’t be able to either.

So where does this leave us? What does it all mean? It means we will not be moving to Switzerland after all. Our dreams of living abroad in Europe will just have to wait a little bit longer. It does mean that we are moving (of all places) to Detroit late July 2020!

Detroit Skyline over Detroit River
The Detroit Skyline from Belle Isle

I know what you’re thinking. Detroit?! Why? But hear me out. It’s actually a really great city. The city is filled with TONS of history. Motown was born here. Aretha Franklin. Stevie Wonder. Eminem. Shoot. LIZZO was born here. Also, it’s called the Motor City for a reason. Ford, GM, Toyota, Nissan, and Chrysler all call Detroit (or close-by) home. And since Will works a lot with safety in the car industry, it was a city filled with opportunity.

We knew there was a very high probability that he may end up in Detroit. We visited back in November 2019 in preparation of this – I wasn’t moving to a US city, let alone Detroit without visiting first. We had an absolute blast. I was ready to move that weekend. Then Switzerland happened. And then it didn’t. And we were right back to Detroit. Things have come pretty full circle since then and we are still incredibly excited about Detroit. It is an incredible opportunity for Will career-wise.

Detroit’s motto is Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus: Latin for “We hope for better things; it shall rise from the ashes.”

I can’t help but think how fitting this is for us – we’re choosing to look at this as a new opportunity. A new dream. A new adventure. From broken plans and put-off dreams. And we’re excited about it. We are ready for the next step. After all, how many Americans can say they live NORTH of CANADA?

And it doesn’t mean our European dreams are completely dead. We now get to plan a month long EuroTrip this summer before he starts. It’s also a celebration of Will’s graduation – he’s been in grad school FIVE YEARS. He’s finally almost done and then he’ll have his PhD! That’s something worth celebrating!

Sometimes life takes you by surprise. When Will first mentioned the possibility of ending up in Detroit, I thought he was insane. But fast-forward a few years and here I am eating my words. I’ve only ever lived in the southeastern US – now this southern girl is going up north! I’m slightly terrified to be honest. It’s not something I could have planned for. But Lord knows I’ve tried. I’m learning bit by bit to let go and enjoy the adventure, wherever it takes us.

I have never worn a coat this large before… guess I’ll have to get used to it!

And YES, I’ve bought an actual winter coat. And then I bought two more. Just to be sure. So terrified? Yes. But excited? You bet!

Adventure is out there! Detroit, here we come!
P.S. If you have ANY tips on living up north, please send them my way!

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