So Long, Farewell, Aufedersein, Goodbye

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. It was a massive undertaking leaving behind my life in NYC – my world for the last 7 years. Packing up an entire apartment and putting on a solo concert certainly strained my resources to the max, but I came out all the better for the stress and hard work. I not only blew others away with the concert, but I surprised myself. I hadn’t performed in several years, but my voice has never been better and I was able to sing pieces I’ve longed to sing for some time but didn’t have the power or finesse to pull off even two years ago. This project was a huge reminder that even if you don’t feel/think you’re ready, just take the first baby step, then the next, and eventually everything works out and you’ll be so glad you tried!

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The happy face of triumph

With regards to packing, I succeeded in my goal of 10 or less boxes.

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And all my belongings fit into my rental car absolutely perfectly. Massive thanks to John and Carolyn (who flew all the way from TX just to see me before I left!!) for helping me move out and pack the car in record time – you both made it such a smooth and painless process 🙂

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Rockstars!

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About to hit the road. I named the car Lesh.

I split the 17hr trip across two days – I overnighted in Indiana with my mother’s cousin who I adored as a child and hadn’t seen in over 10 years. Reconnecting with her was such an utter delight and reminded me that I don’t need to live in NYC to be happy and lead a successful, fulfilling, thriving life.

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Enjoying Rib Fest 2016

I’m safely back at my parent’s house in Wisconsin and will be here for a few weeks; it’s the perfect place to unwind and get some serious work done before heading out on my travels: First, Arizona to spend time with my brother and sister-in-law, on to California to see friends, then Hawaii (island of Kauai) since it’s directly on the way to NZ. I’m aiming to arrive in New Zealand mid-November; there’s a food and wine festival November 20th near Wellington and checking that out seemed the perfect way to start my time in that beautiful country.

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About juliamenn

Performer. Artist. Author. Lover of food and travel. Animal enthusiast. Avid reader. Globe-trotter.
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6 Responses to So Long, Farewell, Aufedersein, Goodbye

  1. Emily says:

    Hey Jules!
    First, rock the f*ck on! I’m currently writing this from a hammock at Mary’s company housing in Oregon, and I’m a little jealous you already get to take off drom NYC. (But, adulting needs to happen like before I too can leave…)
    Anywho, couple of things (that you may already know, in which case, feel free to ignore this :p): #1, one of the islands – I think it’s Kauai – has a no filming rule. This may apply to commercial filming only, but it’s a way to preserve the island the way it is as much as possible. #2, make sure you take part in the art scene in New Zealand! They have at least two fringes in the “winter” months, and it’s a great way to connect with people and experience local and non-local performance.
    Be safe my friend, and learn much!!

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  2. I am glad you made it safely out of NYC! Bummed I havent seen you in almost a year!!! Gahhhh! I will just have to visit you in NZ 😉 Miss you like crazy and hope you are enjoying your many adventures. Love you! Lets chat via text, hangouts or messenger xoxoxoxox
    -Michelle, R2, Arttie, Shithead (MC), and your forever boyfriend who misses you like crazy Dexxi

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  3. Ric Trexell says:

    Julia: I read your article in the Post Crescent about the mistreatment of elephants. I was wondering if you know of any organization that deal with this? If not, do you know of any place I can get more information? Also, do you know of any people to write to about this? Thank you.

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