We are moving to Austin in FIVE days!!!
It’s been exactly 6 months since we packed up and moved our whole lives to Nashville. Our time here has taught me a lot… I finally got to live in another state for the first time. Let me just say that visiting somewhere and living there is completely different, at least it was for us. Sort of like dating someone and then marrying them~ love you Derek :). Honestly, when you visit and begin to settle in, you only really see the good things, sort of like what they call they honeymoon stage. As you spend a few seasons together, you definitely get a stronger sense of what they’re all about, flaws and all. (My dad always told me you really don’t know someone until you spend four seasons with them- I think he’s right.) You also gain a deep appreciation of who they are upon learning what makes them uniquely them. Thinking of it in these terms hits me hard because I feel like this move is us divorcing Nashville and running back to where we started— Austin, Texas.
We came here with some far fetched dreams, fairly low expectations and a whole lot of hope. Three seasons later, we are leaving and I am a mess of emotions about it. Part of me is relieved because I have seen the toll this move and transition has taken on my husband. Another part is wildly frustrated, angry even because I’ve done a lot to build my business here in such a short amount of time. I am ultimately grateful though because not everyone gets to drop everything and move across the country on a whim. God has revealed many things to us through this season and I know for a fact many more will be revealed down the road (pun intended). His purpose for all of it? I am unsure. But I’m doing my best to brave this next chapter.
I will be working at a salon in Austin and will continue to do freelance wedding and event hair and makeup. Derek will be working and starting school in the fall to complete his degree (industrial engineering or supply chain). For the next few months, we will be staying with friends and family until we can move into our new place in July. It won’t be easy or glamorous but it will be good to be near so many loved ones.
I’ll be returning to Nashville in May for a wedding that was already booked, and hopefully I can catch one of those Sounds baseball games and get a blowout at the new Dry Bar! There are SO many things that I will miss here but all of it doesn’t outweigh the amount that I’ve missed Texas, friends and family.
Cheers to another new chapter!