It’s only been two weeks in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot in a short time.

I’ve spent my life living & working in the NJ / NY area and life there is fast paced and constantly moving. Well… life in the Midwest definitely has a different mindset. People here tend to take their time and move at a slower pace and at first, I wasn’t sure how I would handle it, but I actually like it. I’ve always been a go-go-go type of person; my mind is always racing and I’m on to the next topic before I’ve had the chance to finish the first. But in my two weeks of living here and one week of working, I believe the slower pace is something that will be beneficial to me. I have a sign that sits on my TV stand that says, “Slow Down & Enjoy Life” and I purchased it with the intent to do just that, but never stuck to it. Here’s my opportunity to slow down and take it all in. Drive home with the windows down (until the temps really drop) and take in the beautiful scenery around me. I want to enjoy my time here and not spend my time thinking / wishing for whatever comes next.

I’m not known for my patience. I’ve started practicing yoga in the past few years to help calm me down and allow me to focus on being patient, and while that’s helped me significantly… Wisconsin will also aid in that department. I have to get used to the slower speed limits, the slower workers at the grocery store and the overall slower lifestyle. But you know what? That’s okay. I think I’ve spent 24 years constantly in fast forward, when really, I just want to enjoy the people and places I’m surrounded by.

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