While it’s difficult for me to understand why you care to know random things about my life, I’ll indulge the fact that you’ve clicked on this tab to learn such boring details. Let’s go sequentially:
My great-great-great grandfather, Edward Linman, came to the United States from Sweden in 1897. More specifically, he immigrated to the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. 97 years later, I was born in at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and named Brittany, the #7 girls name of 1994 (coincidentally, seven is my favorite number… although it still puzzles me why people even have favorite numbers). For the next 18 years, I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis as the middle child in a family of six. My first major decision of adulthood landed me at the University of Minnesota, where I spent the next 4 years getting a degree in Finance. Upon graduation, I settled on a finance job in yet another Minneapolis suburb. For 120 years, my family has lived in a 20 mile radius of Minneapolis, Minnesota. While I love this city and have incredible MN pride, I hit my breaking point at 23. It was time for a new adventure.
So, let’s summarize first. I’m a 23 year old, upper middle class, white suburban female, college graduate, living in Minnesota with a job in finance. I’m in the middle of a loving family of six, with parents that have been together for 32 years and successfully raised two daughters and two sons. The description of my life is textbook ordinary… and this, I have always struggled with. Don’t get me wrong, this life is beautiful. I wouldn’t trade my family for anything and Minnesota will always be my home. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had and aware of the hardships I have not had to endure. Still, I have always had this lingering curiosity about the world around me. I have a fierce wanderlust and eagerness for trying new things.
I believe that every day can be extraordinary — a day to try new things or a day to take a step in a new direction. Even small, ordinary activities, like playing badminton in the backyard with family or taking an archery class for the first time, can make a day beautiful and interesting. I make an effort to do these things as often as possible to make each day unique and memorable. As part of this outlook on life, I’m on a quest to cross one thing from my bucket list each week. Some items are small, everyday things, some are big life changers, but you can see my progress here.
There’s nothing wrong with ordinary; there’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Still, over time, my appetite for change and adventure has become more and more difficult to satisfy. Although I know I could find myself content in Minnesota for the rest of my life, being content is not enough for me right now. Thus, I bring you to the biggest decision of my life so far. I decided to quit my job and move to Denver, Colorado. This brings us current and to the creation of this blog. As I navigate this terrifying and exhilarating change, my thoughts and adventures will be documented here.
If you’ve made it through this entire description, I hope you got something out of it and I hope it means you might stay with me on this journey.
“Adventure must start with running away from home” — William Bolitho