Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Out West Wednesday : FAQs

Since announcing my big news last week I've received nothing but support from everyone and honestly that means the world to me. Picking up and moving to a new town is always a little scary no matter how many times you've been the "new girl" in your life, but with every kind message I'm filled with more excitement and confidence that I've made the right choice.

I thought it'd be fun to start a new series here called Out West Wednesday, where I'll be talking about my life in Colorado. Being a 'lifestyle blogger" means I can write about my life any day, but I like the idea of keeping those Colorado specific posts to a certain day. Sharing my blog with friends and family is something I plan to do soon and I think it'll make it easiest for those just wanting to read life updates this way.

Today I thought I'd do a little FAQs post. Announcing that you're moving across the country understandably comes with a lot of questions from everyone and these are some of the most common ones I'm asked by everyone.

1. Are you serious?
yes, I am. I'll be living in Avon, Colorado for at least the next 6 months; I've only been here a little over a week but I can already tell this is going to be really good for me. I was so miserable where I was, and honestly had been for a while, so I'm ready for this adventure.

2. Have you ever been to Colorado?
Nope. This is my first time in Colorado or living in the mountains. It's actually only the second time I've been west of Louisiana. It's a little funny because I always said I could never live in Denver because of the altitude, so instead I moved to someplace approximately 2000 feet higher.

3. Why Vail?
Why not Vail? Long term I really want to work within luxury tourism and hospitality so Vail makes sense. I've never lived in the mountains so it just seems like a set of experiences and a new way of life that will benefit me long term. I never thought I'd want to live in a city smaller than my hometown, but it reminds me a lot of Oxford in that most everyone is here for the same reason and that reason bonds everyone together. And we all know how much I loved living in Oxford for four years.

4. Do you know anyone there?
yes, and no. I know my roommate, who I met on Craigslist. And I also know Ashliegh from blogging. But there are so many young people here that I know I'll make friends easily. Plus I've found that my story really isn't that different for most people here. Almost everyone I've met has a degree in something that after working in for a while realized wasn't their passion and made the move out here.

5. So is this forever?
Honestly I don't know. My job is guaranteed until ski season ends in April, but the hotel I'll be working at is open year round, so there's always the option of applying to stay longer. Plus they're owned by a larger company who owns a bunch of other resorts. In the next few years I think I'd like to work with marketing or special events at a resort before eventually becoming a freelance travel writer, but who knows what the future holds. All I know for sure is that I have a 6 month lease so I won't really start to think about what's next until January.

Have any other questions about my big adventure? Leave me a comment and I'll answer them in a future post!

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  1. Yay! I am so glad everything is coming together so smoothly for you and that you are enjoying Colorado so far!

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