Today marks the start of my final three weeks in Minneapolis. It's hard to believe that just over 2 months ago, I found out about my relocation and now I am just weeks away from making the actual move... I'm losing a couple of days this week due to a trip to Charlotte and then will be out of town for about a day for Easter, so it feels like I have even less time. My calendar is filling up with lunches and I'm trying to see friends one last time before my move without making my schedule too intense. All of this would be so much easier if I didn't have to find 18 hours a week to study for the CFA, but so it goes.
I did have a great opportunity to see a lot of friends and family this weekend, though, as my friends threw a going away party for me on Saturday night. The wife of my previous boss was really good about taking pictures of everyone throughout the night so I can't wait to get those pictures from her! In total, about 30 people came to the party and while I didn't get to spend as much time with each guest as I would have liked, it was still really awesome to have so many people in one place at the same time.
My friends surprised me with a "Minnesota Memories" scrapbook which I will be adding to when I get the photos from the party and they also gave each attendee a note card with an addressed envelope with my new mailing address so I will likely be getting quite a few notes in the mail after my move which will really brighten my day! Additionally, I also received a 3-month "macaroon of the month" subscription! Clearly my friends know me well!
I am proud to say that I set aside the tears and sadness for a night and just soaked up the time with family and friends. It really was the best of times and it was a good reminder of the many friendship my life has been blessed with over the last 10 years I've lived in Minneapolis. The reprieve from those feelings of sadness was short-lived as the sadness returned yesterday as the finality of this move started to sink in a bit more, which I suppose is to be expected.
I hope to see some of these friends again before my move, but if that doesn't happen, at least I will have the memories of that evening to reflect back on over the months to come as I start this new chapter of my life in Charlotte.