At Home in Greater Nebraska – Janny Crotty

What is the best thing about living in your community?

Auburn is vivacious. There are gobs of lovely people here who want the best for their families and the community. The schools and healthcare in Auburn are outstanding and Nemaha County boasts a state college, a state park, several recreation areas and lots of cultural amenities-all of which I greatly appreciate. Most importantly, we know how to have FUN together!


Did you always plan to return to Greater Nebraska? If not, what changed your mind?

No, we didn’t always plan to return. My husband is an artist and the conventional wisdom suggests an artist needs to live in a major art market in order to have any success. We realized, however, it was more important for us to live in a place where we could afford both time and space, where it’s safe and there are high quality learning opportunities for our kids, and where we had the support of friends and family. That decision has proven to be the right one ten times over.


Any surprises?

Of course! Auburn is the smallest town I’ve ever lived in by more than 20,000 people. There are certainly surprises that come with that. In my experience, the surprises often end up being the most charming things about our town.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about returning to Greater Nebraska?

If it feels like it’s the right thing to do, it’s very likely that it is. It felt right to us when we made the decision, and it has been. Whatever decision you make, make it with intention and then allow yourself to enjoy the outcome-embrace your hometown and get involved. Small town livin’ is good livin’!


What drew you to the NCF network?

What draws me to this network every single day is it’s energy and power. I have met people from every corner of the state who are insisting on their small-town thriving, and committed to the work it takes to make it happen. It’s possible, it’s happening, and it’s wonderful. I love Nebraska!

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