Oh, this is the start of something good. Don’t you agree?

I won’t lie to you. New Hampshire and I have a very love hate relationship. I love the people and the beauty of the area, but I hate the cold. I am clearly not a New England native. My family moved to the Monadnock Region while I was in high school, and as I made the difficult transition from leaving my hometown in Maryland, I vowed that I would never stay in New Hampshire permanently. That was 10 years ago. I am not a procrastinator by any means, but I can never bring myself to leave. I’ve gotten close several times for work related opportunities, but I’ve always made some excuse as to why it wouldn’t be in my best interest. So here I am, playing when I can, working to afford playing, and (so it seems)… staying.

So where does that leave me? Well, quite frankly, I’m still figuring that out. I will be 26 in March, have just moved to Keene, am recently engaged, and we both just started new jobs in November. Believe me, I fluctuate daily from excitement over the opportunities and changes and sheer terror. Most recently, my work life had been in Student Affairs, working as an RA in college and throughout grad school, working as an Admissions Counselor, and also as a Hall Director, however I have decided to go in a different direction and joined the corporate world. Student Affairs has essentially taken over the last six years of my life, so as I’m on this new journey without my security blanket of college co-eds making questionable decisions, I am forced to figure out the person I am becoming and who I want to be. Moving to Keene has been the perfect decision to facilitate these choices.

Although I am technically not new to the Monadnock Region, as my parents have been here all along, I am completely unfamiliar with the less commercialized shops and things to do. After high school, I packed my trusty Subaru (the unofficial state car of NH) and headed up to the beautiful White Mountains to Plymouth State University. Plymouth will always hold a special place in my heart, and during my time there, I rarely returned to visit the Monadnock Region, so I really have never made time to explore. My work as a Hall Director after graduation brought me back to the area, however, if you’ve ever been and/or know what a Hall Director’s responsibilities actually entail, you can certainly sympathize with why I was missing the crucial “play-time”. Now that I am overwhelmed with free hours in the day and completely open weekends, I find myself uncertain as to how to even going about finding things to do. It is my hope, that throughout my time writing for Stay Work Play that I can shed some light on to life in the Southwestern corner of the state as I discover the good, the bad, and the “probably shoulda skipped that one”s. By all means, if you are more familiar than I, please leave suggestions! Through knowing me, you will find that I am game to try anything, and particularly often find myself in questionable situations which the normal person would have abandoned long before the idea even crosses my mind. Thanks for reading, and I’m looking forward to this new adventure.