I usually put a positive spin on Dubuque living, but I’ll admit I did not enjoy living here immediately. During my first six months in Dubuque after either a long day at work or a late night out on the town I often found myself lying on my walk-in closet floor sobbing uncontrollably while spooning my laundry basket.
I know it sounds pretty pathetic.
Needless to say, living alone and being in an unfamiliar place rattled me much more than I anticipated. I figured that since I grew up in Iowa, moving to another Iowa town would be no problem. But, what I found is that alone is alone whether you live in San Francisco, New York City, or Dubuque.
What turned the whole thing around for me was when I became more involved with the Dubuque community. When I volunteered for different organizations, I felt that I was affecting positive change and I started meeting people, fantastic positive people. These people became key to my Dubuque social survival.
I also began to try other new things. For an introvert such as myself it was a little intimidating at first, but I quickly found that there is no shame in trying something new even if you have no idea what you’re doing. For example, I played on a sand volleyball team even though I am a horrible volleyball player. I could at least entertain my teammates by falling creatively and making sand angels.
I’ll sob if I must, but I’ll keep an open mind and stay curious. I’ve been surprised at what I’ve found within this town and within myself over the past three years.
So, today I celebrate three years as a Euchre-playing, 5K running, summer festival going, bike-riding, Fourth Street elevator riding, eagle watching, winter running, Asian Gourmet loving Dubuquer!
Thank you, friends and family for all of your support!