I’m a Michigander and always will be. Even when I moved away, my heart was still in Michigan. I joined the military in 2001 after graduating high school and ended up living in Georgia for four years, but Michigan, like that Ray Charles song about Georgia, was always on my mind.
I remember coming back to Michigan in 2004 to attend a friend’s wedding. The wedding was in October; the colors were so vibrant and the air was so fresh that I distinctly remember that feeling to this day. Being away for a few years made me forget how much Michigan meant to me until I came back for a visit.
I returned to GA with a big smile on my face because I knew I wanted to move back home. A year later we ended up leaving Georgia for Michigan and that was the best decision we ever made. We have lived in Lansing since we came back. Over the last 12 years, I have watched Lansing go through its share of ups and downs, but like all great places Lansing remained resilient and came out stronger than ever. Anyone can see that Lansing is a thriving city now. Everywhere I look I see new developments and tons of opportunity for young professionals to advance in life.
Someone asked me the other day, “What do you love most about living in Lansing?” My answer was simple. It’s the cost of living benefits that I love most about Lansing. Work-life balance is very important to me and my family and for the past four years, I have been able to take my family on two to three trips each year outside of Michigan and even the U.S. because my paycheck goes further here. I have friends in other parts of the country who tell me that they cannot afford to take trips outside of the U.S. like I can because the majority of their income goes towards living expenses, which does not leave them much room if any for travel outside of the U.S.
Another thing I love about Lansing is that the city is centrally located. Living in Lansing means that you are never more than an hour to an hour and a half drive from the great lakes, or other Michigan cities like Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.
If you are planning to come back home for the holidays, I urge you to consider attending the Capital Comeback event on Thanksgiving Eve (November 22) from 6 pm – 8 pm at The View inside Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing’s Stadium District. This is a no-cost casual happy hour setting. Attendees will learn about the urban lofts and apartments that are reshaping the cityscape, the breweries and distilleries popping up around town, and the abundance of kayakers and recreation enthusiasts taking advantage of Lansing’s nationally-renowned regional trail system.
Representatives from premier employers like MSU Federal Credit Union, Sparrow Health, TechSmith (and more!) will be there to talk to participants about career opportunities.
If you or someone you know might be interested in attending Capital Comeback, you can learn more and register HERE. Tell your friends. Tell your sons or daughters. We look forward to welcoming them on November 22 in the heart of downtown Lansing.
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