Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Farewell Wisconsin. Adventures awaits.

My job is ending, the wedding is over, and goodbyes have begun. And with just one week left in Wisconsin, I've hit the sobering reality that it's all almost over. Again.

This summer was busy making up for lost time with family, friends, and many IPA's. I won't bore you with the details, but if you can picture beer and sunshine and me consuming both very heavily, then you've got yourself a pretty good idea. 

And if you're like the countless others who are asking what's in store next for my life, I can say with complete and utter confidence... 


But here is what I do know. For now anyway. 

Life beyond next Saturday looks a little something like this: 

- One way ticket to Florida
- One way ticket to New York
- One way ticket to Milan
- One way ticket to Dubrovnik
- One way tickets to wherever Jerrica feels like roaming for 3 weeks
- Beer (or should I say Bier) at Oktoberfest in Munich
- One way ticket to Milan

See the theme?

And in a small town outside of Milan is where I will be basing myself for a yet-to-be-determined amount of time. Here I will be gaining a new family, new friends, traveling, and indulging in as much pizza and vino as my body will allow. And as long as I'm back to fulfill my MOH duties for my sister's wedding in April, we'll let fate, or whatever you want to call it, run its course. 

And while I don't know much, there are a few things that I do know. And I can't stress the word "few" enough. 

I know that my time in the Midwest has been incredible. I know that Wisconsin no longer gives me feelings of heartbreak and sadness (thank goodness). And I know that this summer at home has been one that I will always cherish and remember. 

To everyone who made my time here so extra special: Thank you. 

- Thank you to my (past, present, and future) nanny kids and families at home and around the world. You make it so hard to give up such a precious and beautiful life, and for that, I am forever grateful.

- Thank you to my very best friends for showing me that while I have made some seriously questionable decisions in my life, I did get one thing right. And that was picking amazing friends. Life has sent us in so many different directions, and yet you're always there. All of you. Always.

* A special shout out to my very best friend and one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen. The biggest honor of my life thus far was standing by your side just a few short days ago. #soulmatesforlife #nomatterwhatjeffsays

- And Thank you to my family. For always having an open door. For following me around the world. And for always being my biggest cheerleaders. I am so proud to be a Peterson. 

I'll sign off for now as a girl without direction, and on again in the future, as one who maybe has a plan. And until then, I'll be loving, wandering, and enjoying every moment of the ride.