I can't count the number of times I've heard the five mostgroan-inducing words in the English language: “Can you help memove?” Dutifully I've helped my fair share of friends move down theblock or across town. This summer, I ended up asking that questionmyself as I made the decision to move a little further – fromJuneau, Alaska to Madison, Wis.

I didn't realize quite how comfortable I was in Juneau, my homefor six years, until I got to my new unfamiliar town and felt a bitlost (full disclosure – more than once I got very literally lost).If you've ever made a big move, you probably know what I am talkingabout: The grocery stores are all different, the road systems areconfusing and I hardly knew anyone.

Sitting in my favorite Juneau coffee place, I imagined gettingto Madison and feeling right at home as soon as I moved. Severalmonths later, my boxes are unpacked but I still don't feel entirelysettled. Now I'm realizing how much time and intention it takes tore-develop connections, favorite haunts and a general feeling ofhomey-ness.

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