Texas: A Year In Review

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I woke up this morning, sipped my cup of dark roast coffee and scrolled through my Facebook feed. To my surprise, TimeHop showed me a specific moment that felt like it was so far in the far past. On this day, last year we had packed our belongings and began our cross country move. Granted, we didn't get to where we were going until September 18th, (my best friends birthday) but today marked a certain significance I couldn't help but reflect on. On this day, one year ago, we drove away from everything, and everyone we ever made the slightest connection with. We not knowingly, had changed our lives, for the better. 

Reflecting on this day in time a year later, it feels a bit nostalgic, and a little bittersweet. If I could go back to this moment, I would hold my loved ones a little longer, and breathe a little deeper, knowing full well we would be okay. Thinking back to this moment, I was a sea of emotion. When we passed Massachusetts, that's when things became real. We weren't turning back, and this wasn't a weekend adventure. We had no choice now, with half our things sitting in a brand new apartment, in a state we had never been in before, in a place I had never been before. I felt a mixture of panic, excitement, and a lust for a new life.

Now - looking back, I've grown in ways I never thought imaginable. Today I'm feeling proud, proud because Dustin and I made it through. We pushed ourselves to uproot out lives, to get out of the state we loved so much, to do the unthinkable: to live, to grow, and thrive in a completely different environment. This year I've done much more than just "moved" I've traveled, built new friendships, established solid connections, adopted a fur baby, and grown my relationship with Dustin in ways I didn't know were possible. Will I stay in Texas for the rest of my life? Most definitely not. Do I miss Maine? Every. Single. Day. Am I happy, right now? You bet. I am thrilled with the changes I've made within a years time. The emotional, mental, and spiritual growth I've experienced is indescribable. 

Today I am sharing with you all a few things I love about Texas, my favorite eats, places, and lessons learned. 

Texas: A Year In Review

Things I love about Texas:

  • How cheap and affordable the state is, overall.
  • Opportunity, in all aspects.
  • Tacos, period. 
  • Warm winters - but we still miss the snow.
  • The diverse landscape, and cool cactuses.
  • Deep Ellum in Dallas, is truly INCREDIBLE!
  • The endless variety, of all things (food, music, art, shopping ect)
  • Southern Hospitality. 
  • How friendly the locals are.
  • How everyone hugs - they give the best hugs here.
  • Being close to the west coast - so many travel options.
  • The farmers markets are so amazing.
  • Grocery shopping is substantially cheaper, any way you cut it. 
  • There is always something going on, anywhere you go.


Lessons Learned:

  • Never ignore my gut.
  • Embrace change.
  • Happiness is a choice.
  • Opportunities are endless.
  • Always give it your best shot.
  • Life is too short.
  • Weeding out the negative is dire for the soul.


Places Explored:

Not to mention all of the states we drove through along the way to Texas. My favorite city? Nashville! 

  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, Tx
  • Austin, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Amarillo, TX
  • New Mexico (briefly)
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Boulder, CO
  • Denver, CO


Favorite Eats:

  • Ten50 BBQ
  • Babe Dinner House
  • Velvet Taco
  • Torchy's Taco
  • OMG Taco's
  • MudHen
  • Chuy's
  • Twisted Root Burger Co.
  • The Rustic
  • I Love Juice Bar
  • Berry Naked
  • Corner Bakery Cafe
  • Dude, Sweet Chocolate
  • White Rock Coffee
  • Houndstooth Coffee

365 days have gone by since I've last breathed fresh, clean Maine air and I can't even begin to express just how much I miss my home state . When I told my family and friends that I was moving away from Maine, they were all shocked because they knew just how much I loved Maine, and still.... I made the 3,000 mile move. I can openly and honestly say this move was essential for my growth. I needed to get out of my hometown and just wander, for awhile at least. Dustin and I will be getting married in October, and next year we will be revaluating where we will be headed next. We know eventually we will be back home in the state we love so much, but for now, it's time to live, breathe, and experience life as much as we can.