Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Howdy from Texas

Hey What's Up Hello! Still alive over here even though I've basically been silent on all social media. Moving to a new state and getting accustomed to a new job has really taken it out of me. I know I'm tired because I easily pass out on my air mattress every night. I've been in Dallas a little over a week now and with each day I'm even more convinced this was the right decision for me. Hopefully I'll get a real post up soon, but until then here are a few random thoughts (plus one embarrassing photo) from my first few days in the Lone Star State!

Did you really move to a new state if you don't get a photo by the welcome sign 

I have not seen a single bluebonnet, but I have seen a couple of cows on the side of the road.

I've only eaten Whataburger once since moving, which is funny because it wasn't unusual for me to eat it three or more times when the boy friend and I would be visiting.

It's been too cold to wear sandals and I am dying a little/ feel like I brought all the cold weather with me.

Driving in city traffic isn't so bad, but that's probably because I drive the opposite way of traffic to get to/from work.

Speaking of driving, I no longer need to use my gps to get to the mall or Home Goods #priorities

While online shopping (lol that I thought I'd stop that once I lived in civilization) I've only sent things to my old address once.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

top 5 reasons I'm excited to move to Dallas

I'm officially leaving Vail today and it is so bitter sweet. My goal was to keep it together and not ugly cry; so far so good! In all seriousness I am so excited for this new adventure. When I first started thinking about moving it seemed so far off and it's crazy it's actually here now. I know this is the right decision and I'm excited to start my life in a place I see myself forever. Here are the top 5 reasons I'm excited to move to Dallas!

1. No more driving over Vail Pass for the 3 Ts - Target, Taco Bell, and The Boyfriend (who's name also starts with T)

2. Closer to family - Maybe they'll actually agree to come visit me!

3.  The Food - TexMex, BBQ, Fried Food, Sweet Tea, what's not to love

4. Things to do - I can't wait for Rangers games, the State Fair, and days touring the arboretum

5. Lower Cost of Living - my dollar is going to go a lot further being I can actually afford to enjoy all the food and activities

Have you ever been to Dallas? What's your favorite thing about the city?

Monday, April 2, 2018

5 things I'm going to miss about Vail

My final few days in Vail are here and it's so weird. Today is my last day of work and I've already prepared everyone that I'll probably cry 15 times before the day is over. Big live changes make me emotional. I'm very excited for my next chapter, but closing the book on something so good is a little sad. What's the saying, "be thankful you have something that makes saying goodbye so hard"? Honestly I'm so thankful the last 2.5 years turned out as well as they did, because there was a lot that could have gone wrong along the way. Here are the 5 things I'm going to most miss about Vail. 

1. No traffic - One great thing about living in a small town is the lack of traffic. When you take the small town factor and combine it with the vacation town factor the traffic in Vail is extremely minimal. We complain about traffic if there are two cars in the roundabout. Honestly driving in a major city is one of the things giving me the most anxiety about moving. 

2. My Job - While I'm very excited for my new job I'm honestly really sad to be leaving my current job. A little part of me feels like I'm abandoning my team because I still feel like I have so much in me to contribute. When I first moved to Vail I had a goal of getting the experience to work in the events department because I thought it sounded glamorous and fun. It's not really glamorous, but it has been fun; over the last 9 months I've realized events really is my calling and I'll always hold a special place in my heart for the team that helped me realize that. 

3. Natural Beauty - Vail really is the most beautiful place. I'm blessed to have grown up in a beautiful place, but the beauty of the mountains is unlike anything I've ever experienced. There are some moments when something is so beautiful you have no doubts that surely this is God's finest masterpiece. You know how in elementary school you'd post your straight A report card on the fridge because you were so proud of it? If such a concept exists in heaven I have no doubt there's a picture of the Rocky Mountains on His fridge. 

4. Colorado Chill Vibe - I've had a love hate relationship with the chill vibe, but I think when I'm gone I'm going to miss it. Everything and everyone is so laid back in Vail; I tend to be a little high-strung and intense but I've really learned to mellow and relax in the last 2.5 years. It's funny because you think everything will be all fancy in Vail ( I mean our sidewalks are heated) but with the exception of a few tourists everyone is actually very laid back. I think I've worn a dress 5 times since I've lived here and literally haven't worn makeup to work once; live in Dallas will be totally different. 

The final thing I'm going to miss is harder to put into words, and certainly can't be condensed to a couple of words. Moving to Vail was really the first time I took a giant leap of faith in myself and struck out on my own. Yes I went to college 6 hours away from home, but it was on a campus where I had attended summer camps and already had tons of friends going in. In all my job interviews I kept referring to my time in Vail as my mountain adventure, and that's truly what the last 2.5 years have been, an adventure. I was totally unprepared to move to Vail and honestly if I'd given it more thought I probably would have talked myself out of it. But taking this giant leap and not just surviving, but truly thriving on my own is something I am so so proud of myself for doing. Everyday I'm reminded that I am capable and that that constant reminder is something I'm going to miss.