Adjusting to Life in Dallas
Good afternoon and happy hump day! Life lately has been nothing short of amazing, full of fast paced events that blur together into one. Dustin and I have been in Dallas for a little over three weeks, and I can honestly say it's been quite the change. I feel like we've only been away from Maine for only a week, time seems to go by so much slower here. Moving cross country has definitely been a big eye opener for the both of us. In three short weeks, we've accomplished so much, and I couldn't be happier for all the change surrounding us. This big move was
definitely much needed, both mentally and physically.
To be completely honest, I never thought for one second that I would really move out of Maine. I had always wanted to, even if it was just to travel for awhile. Maine had always been home, a place that suited who I was, the hiking, outdoorsy, adventurous gal I was. Maine had everything I loved, and more. I had my family surrounding me, a much slower pace of living, the mountains, the tree's and the ocean that I loved so much. Dustin and I both love our home state, but we knew we needed change, and fast. Being the adventure seeking couple that we were, we got to travel often, and see most of Maine (which I'm super thankful for!) When we finally decided it was time for a change, I felt an ounce of sadness, but mostly ready, ready for new experiences, and a new way of life.
Now that we're here, I still feel in shock. In complete shock that not only did we drive 2,000 miles away from home, and commit to an eleven month lease in a new city, where we knew nobody, but because we really did it. We had the courage to do something so far outside of our comfort zones. We moved out of the woods, and straight into a booming, flourishing city full of opportunity. I never thought in a million years that we would move to the city, and would actually enjoy it, but, to my surprise, even my Maine loving fiance likes this change of pace. I'm not going to lie, I'm a huge advocate for change. I thrive on being spontaneous, and getting so far outside of my comfort zone that it makes me nervous. This big change has brought out a world wind of emotions out of the two of us. For the past two weeks, I wasn't homesick. I didn't miss my family, friends, and Maine. But this week, it was completely different. I kept having dreams about seeing my family, and just wandering around Maine. I know that with any move, you're going to miss where you previously were. Being the girl that has never really moved anywhere, I'm surprised I'm not more homesick than I am. I was told I would be so sad, and want to move home immediately, but I'm doing just fine. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely miss the hell out of my family, but I know that this move was for the better.
So, how am I adjusting?
I'm doing just that. Adjusting. Dallas is brand new to me, before moving, I knew nothing about Texas. I only knew that the Dallas Cowboys sucked (New England Patriots fan all the way!) and that it was one of the biggest cities in the United States. Since moving, every day seems to be more exciting, and filled with adventure. Just driving down the street, in an unfamiliar area is fun. Being new to Dallas, I'm so antsy to get out there and do a ton of wandering. So far, I'm actually loving Texas! The people are incredibly nice and very kind. I haven't experienced any rude, or mean encounters with a single person this far. There are so many things to do here, I swear I'm never going to get bored. Also, Dallas is filled with plenty of good eats, and cute cafes. One thing I will say, I'm definitely TERRIFIED of the highways - at most, I've seen seven lanes of traffic, and 70mph! Luckily, I can avoid many of the highways, so for that, I'm thankful. The biggest shocker for me, was how easy it was for me to adjust to the heat. The day we arrived in Dallas, it was 103 degrees, and I easily wore jeans. Luckily, the heat is super tolerable here because it's very dry, and rarely humid. I most definitely am thankful to have two pools in our apartment complex! For once in my life, I finally feel like I'm living life fully, on my terms. I feel like I'm finally doing exactly it is that I want. I couldn't be more excited to be in this new state. For whatever is to come, I'm ready, and happy to welcome it.