One year ago today, my mother and I rolled into Alana & Jeremiah’s driveway. My new life in Texas began. The year has flown by and I’m so happy I took my leap of faith to the state where everything is bigger!
Before I began this momentous journey, I remember conversations with my parents. They thought I was crazy. Here were some of the questions or statements I heard from them…
- Mom : “ I can’t believe I have a daughter moving to Texas.”
- Dad: “Do don’t have a job yet! How are you going to support yourself?”
- Mom: “Are you going to take Dale? Please take him.”
- Dad: “You better not take Dale to Texas with you. Peanuts will be lonely. I will miss him too”
- Dad: “You are going to be so far away! How will I be able to give you all my wise and FREE advice??”
- Mom: “Of course I’ll drive down to Texas with you! It will be a fun mother/daughter road trip!” (BTW- That road trip was amazing!)
I miss my parents (and my Dad’s free advice a lot.) It is hard to be away from my family. Most of the family lives in Buffalo or the New York City area. I always miss my friends from home. They were the people who really knew my weird ways. Despite those facts, it was one of the best decisions I have made for myself. Some people are happy where they grew up, some are not. Some want more then what they were birthed into. I wanted more and I got more.
So, what did I want that home couldn’t give me?
Texas has a lot of jobs. It probably has to do with the fact that they don’t tax she sh*t out of business like NYS. Texas is booming in job growth. When I moved here, I interviewed at so many places that I never would have dreamed interviewing at in NY. I went through a string of eh and ugh jobs for about 6 months here. In February, I finally found the job I wanted to keep for the long haul and I couldn’t be happier.
I was freezing. No more winters for me! I narrowly escaped the coldest winter ever. People ask me, “aren’t you hot there?!” YES and I love it. I never have to dig my car out of snow ever again. It’s so sunny here too. I’m obsessed with 300 days of sun. I’m in heaven! #Hallelujah
The Chance to Start Over:
I lost a lot of confidence over the years. I wasn’t happy. I didn’t think was capable of anything great. I would do all I could to kick ass and I’d fail time and time again. I needed a change. I tried so hard for years to make it work and I did not feel that where I was would allow me to be successful. It was time for something different. I needed to go where I knew little to no people and nobody knew my past. I needed to transform my confidence to prove I COULD be successful. Being here has given me so much confidence that I can take on so much more than I ever thought possible. I’m grateful for all the tears, anxious thoughts, and the perseverance to move through those dark days in the beginning of my stay here in Austin. I had to be strong because I wanted to be successful and happy here. I achieved that. I know I can do so much more now. I’m so grateful for the second chance.
The move from Buffalo to the South West was a huge one for me. It is scary going into the unknown, not knowing what the hell will happen to you. As scary as it was, it has been such a rewarding experience to try something so out of the box. Don’t be afraid to go after what you want. If this once cowardly lioness can overcome so much, I know you can too.