Minerva's Breakdown: Greener Pastures 

"We're still coming into our own with a lot of work ahead of us in areas where other cities have already figured out."

DEAR MAMA MINERVA,

I'm trying to decide if Boise is right for me. I have opportunity to leave but feel torn. Boise has some policies that I just have trouble stomaching. What made you stay versus finding opportunities elsewhere?

-Sincerely, Should I Stay?

DEAR SIS,

Boise is wonderful! In fact, we keep making the list of best places to live. I don't know who told people. The first rule of Boise Club is you do not talk about Boise Club. Humor aside, we're still coming into our own with a lot of work ahead of us in areas where other cities have already figured out. If you feel like contributing to help shape the future of a place, Boise is great for that. It was a factor for me all of those years ago when I decided to stay in Idaho. Staying and being a part of Boise's growing up has been meaningful. I also believe that opportunities don't just come our way but are things that we can create. If you move, there will still be aspects of that city to contend with. I stayed because I felt needed in some way. Life is about experiences and traveling gives a great perspective. Whether you move to greener pastures or you decide to stay here, neither decision has to be permanent, and as long as you feel motivated, needed, and empowered, there is no wrong answer. The world is smaller than ever and I know you'll make the right choice.

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