Today's post is quite a bit longer, in more of a reflective diary format, than my usual posts. Sitting in front of our fire place, with an apple cider candle lit and one of my favorite Spotify playlists, "Afternoon Acoustic", playing, I can't help but feel all reflective and nostalgic. I have now lived in East Tennessee for over two years and it really is starting to feel like home. Life is sooo different than life in Seattle. At first, all I wanted to do was move home and kept trying to plan with Chris when we would make the move back. It was the strangest thing, but all of a sudden I realized that Seattle wasn't home anymore. It's funny how day to day, nothing changes. But when you look back, everything is different.
For those of you that have uprooted from your home town and now live in a whole new place, where new roots are being freshly dug, I'm sure you can relate. I was so comfortable where I was, surrounded by childhood friends and loving the familiarity of it all. When I chose to move across the country to live with Chris, I had absolutely no intention of living in Tennessee long term. But I finally realized I was clinging to something that wasn't there anymore... and now here we are - we recently bought property that we will be building our home on and will raise our kids in. Moving away from my hometown has honestly been the best thing for me. It has made me realize the important things in my life, helped me mature and truly helped me become my own person.
If any of you have recently moved away from your hometown and maybe are super homesick (like I was), stick it out a couple years. The first year of living in Tennessee was frankly awful for me. I went from living in a sorority where I had 60 friends in the same hallway as me, to having absolutely none near me. When you move to a new area, it takes time to meet new people and find a new social circle, it doesn't happen over night. Now, two years in, I have more truly close friends than I did living back in Washington.
If you're thinking about moving, go for it. There's a reason you have that urge for change, and you need to listen to it. Great things don't come and find you, you have to go find it. And it's okay to be scared. But what's the worst that could happen? If you end up not liking it after a couple years, you can move back. What you will gain though is new experiences, friendships, a more confident you, and perspective. My perspective on life has completely changed, for the better, since I moved. I have experienced new places, people, and traditions that I never would have before and I am so thankful for it.
Something Chris always tells me is, "do something that makes you uncomfortable". When you are uncomfortable, you are growing and bettering yourself. Moving was extremely out of my comfort zone, but was completely worth it because I finally was able to discover myself and be my own person. I know this post was kinda a ramble sesh, but I wanted to share with you guys my experiences with such a big change in my life. For those of you that are currently experiencing what I experienced, just know that it not only gets better, but it gets great.
Now time to go practice my southern accent 😉 XO Heather