As an author, I’m all too aware of the standard plot: Young person leaves town to seek their fortune, then — once they understand who they are and what they have to offer the world — they return home. Because it’s where the heart is, or something.
But the younger version of me hated that story, because she knew that the 2,500-person town in which she lived was not where her heart was meant to be.
Which is why, when I moved back, I chose Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A two-hour drive away from my hometown.
Just in case you were curious as to how I ended up here. ❤️