I know I've mentioned relocating after grad school briefly before in some of my posts, but I never really followed up with a definite answer. For the longest time, Chris and I had been debating on where our next chapter would begin once I graduated (which is in two months, holy shit). Prior to moving up here and starting school, I was dead set on living in New York City. I was obsessed with the idea so much that I considered moving there for a year before going to grad school. Luckily common sense kicked in and convinced me to stay put because who knows what I'd be doing right now. So I decided to stay in Louisiana a little longer until it was time to sell all the furniture and pack up what could fit in my car and move 1,400 miles away across the country
. Fast forward almost two years and here we are.
During my first year living here in New England, I liked it. I was, and still am, just a short drive away from New York City and Boston. This allowed Chris and I to visit the cities frequently on our weekends. The newness of everything excited me and I was content. I wasn't homesick (yet) and hadn't bee away from my family for too long to notice. Over time, I've lost count of how many times I've been to NYC and Boston and each time I visited, I realized more and more that I couldn't see myself there for a long time. That's when the idea of moving to NYC for two years after graduation came in. I put a limit on it, because like I said, I knew that city was not where I would want to spend the rest of my life. Sure it would be a fun place to start an awesome career, but I couldn't wrap my mind around the concept of selling my car and living in some tiny, old apartment with rent prices equivalent to that of a legit house mortgage for the rest of my life. Most importantly, I despised how far away my family was.
When I went to LSU, I was only an hour away from home. I could drive in whenever I wanted and I spent many weekends with my family. I've never gone (until now) more than a few weeks without seeing my parents. That's the life I was used to, but for some reason I was so desperate to get away and try something new, which ultimately lead me to the idea of applying to school out of state. I'm so glad I made the decisions that I did and got to experience it all. Although I never lived in NYC, I still feel like I got enough of the city to know the idea of moving there is no longer in my future plans.
Over time, I found myself extremely homesick. The idea of having to book a flight months in advance just to see my family started to get to me. I'm a last minute type of person, so when I want to do something, well, that means I want to do it. Not being able to just pick up and leave when I wanted became harder to accept. It also doesn't help that I miss life in the south. The people, the food, the culture, everything. It's just not the same here and anyone who has lived in both regions totally understands. Home is what you're used to, and for me, it sure as hell isn't this. The fact that there's still snow covering every square inch of grass and we haven't seen temperatures reach the 50s in months is enough in itself to drive me out of here. The distance lead me to eagerly count down how much longer I had to be here in New England. That about sums up what my life has been like for the past six months. I've been counting down, week by week. Chris and I realized how unhappy we had become here and really
knew there was no way we could stay, so..
WE'RE MOVING!!!! And we decided on...
Yep. Dallas! I can't freaking wait!
I know it's still not "home", but for some weird reason, I'm not ready to go home and I'm not sure if I ever will be. Living in Dallas will allow us to be in driving distance to home, meaning we can make weekend trips to see our friends and family. I don't need to see them everyday, but more than 3 or 4 times a year will certainly make a difference and I'm 100% sure we will both be happy here. I'm looking forward to this new chapter in our lives and can't wait to share all of our new adventures! As of right now, we're guessing we will be moving some time in June. More details are still to come, so stay tuned!