The One Year Mark

cross country road trip
This morning I was greeted with a special throwback when I opened my Time Hop app on my phone. Today is the one year mark of one of the dates Chris and I had been anticipating and counting down to.  On this day last year, we finally became free.  After the one thing holding us back had ended, we packed our bags, cars, and moving truck, and finally left Massachusetts to move back down south!  We left with no regrets and didn't look back.  That's when you know you're making the right choice.  With all that being said, it's crazy to think we're also just a few days away from hitting the one year of living in Dallas mark.

Reflecting back, all I can think is how much of a difference a location can make!  We are so much happier here and being closer to home is what has helped do the trick.  

Those of you that have been following along since this time last year are very well aware of how anxious to leave New England I became, and you may be wondering how I feel now that I'm in Texas. The good news is I (and Chris too) am still very happy here in Dallas and have no intentions on leaving just yet (or ever...who knows. I can't tell the future, can you?)!

I'd be lying if I said we have it all figured out though.  For one, we're still a bit hesitant to really settle here, as in buy a house and all that fun stuff.  As much as I'm sick of renting, I fear we could get a change of heart about Dallas and a house would only hold us back (perhaps really I just worry too much?).  There are days when I go back and forth debating if we'll stay here long term or end up back home some time further down the road.  How in the world does one decide?  When I'm in Louisiana, I miss Dallas at times, and when I'm in Dallas I still miss Louisiana.  It's funny how that works.  There are also times when I feel guilty for being so far from my family on a daily basis.  It certainly helps being driving distance.  A bit of a long and boring ride, but still doable.  One thing's for sure though- I'll never leave Dallas without knowing I could leave without looking back, and I'm not there.

I've learned a lot these past few years.  It's been one hell of a ride.  Life is good.  There's still a lot to figure out.  Only time will tell.  Here's to many more good times.

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