I'm taking ballroom dance classes at the moment.
I love it.
I've learned basics for the waltz, tango, rumba, and cha-cha.
rumba and cha-cha are my faves so far...
So every Monday I rush around from work to work-out to home, shower, eat, speed to dance class
I live near the largest consumption mecca in the metro in a disgustingly suburban neighborhood full of identical looking condo and town-home developments.
Dance class is on the north side of the city of Des Moines. There's no quick way to get there.
I end up driving through a few different neighborhoods on my way there, most notably, Beaverdale.
Beaverdale is an older 'hood with mature trees, brick houses set closely together and back from the street, and is generally a nice place.
It reminds me of parts of Chicago.
It has more of a city feel. It's quite a bit more inviting than where I live.
I love that part of my Monday.
It makes me miss living in a large city.
While visiting Mom this past weekend for the July Fourth festivities, I got a good talkin' to.
By Mom's business partner.
I've heard this speech a few times over the past few years, but I'm only it getting now.
Like, REALLY getting it.
I'm grossly under-paid.
My company is in shambles and the outlook is grim-to-uncertain.
I have a handful of (mostly crappy) friends.
I hate where I live.
I have a college education.
I grew up in a big city.
I live in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa.
What The Fuck.
I've never felt like Des Moines was Home, not really a good fit.
Young, single, educated people should live in large bustling cities with lots of other young, single, educated people, in my mind anyway!
and make enough money so a second job is unnecessary. savings are a reality. travel occurs often.
There's plenty of time to waste away in a suburb if/when I have that whole husband/kids/dog scenario going on...
What's holding me back?
There's no good reason to stay where I am.
Time to move.
Des Moines, you're fired!
Plan: complete all unfinished home improvement projects, then de-clutter and simplify, talk to realtors, pick one and list condo, also, look for job in Chicago