We are just about a month into our new home and I think I’ve finally got enough material worthy of an update :).
I know everyone says this at the beginning of a new life stage, but I honestly can’t believe it’s been a month. 2016 holds a very distinct demarcation with my life IN Indiana and my life AFTER Indiana. But at the same time, there has been so much new, that this month has gone by without too much notice of its passing.
When people ask me how I like it here, it is easy for me to say, “I LOVE it here.”. I really only have two complaints: the traffic (ugh the traffic), and the housing market. The traffic is what makes my twenty minute drive to see my parents, fifty minutes at times. And there is one stoplight by our house that I am beginning to wonder how much of my life will be spent there waiting for it to turn green.
The housing market is another animal that I am glad we are done with for now but we had quite a bit of sticker shock moving here from good ol’ Indiana and that delayed our purchasing decision (and ultimately made us miss out on a few other houses). But,thankfully, we love our house and we can see why God kept it and us waiting for it. One huge answer to prayer is that it is very close to N’s job so he doesn’t have to fight traffic coming or going (which seems to be a rarity down here). So thankful we stuck to our guns when it came to location.
What do I love about living down here? the weather (I know some of you hate the heat but I am seriously GIDDY over not having another snowy/freezing/icy winter possibly ever again!), family (having my family close by has been such a blessing and they have been my home base as I try to get my bearings), the nice people (I forgot how nice you southerners are!), the culture/food (I think I could eat out at a different restaurant every meal for a year and not repeat.), and being so close to conveniences as well as having modern conveniences like oh, the INTERNET (didn’t have that at the schoolhouse), as well as food delivery services, Prime Now, Kroger Clicklist, a huge library system, Target, etc. There is definitely something to be said about living off the land and having a pared down, simplified lifestyle. But for now, I am enjoying what Nashville has offered me in exchange.
I remember the few times we moved when I was young, as well as the prospect of going to a college where I didn’t know anyone, and being excited about the chance to reinvent myself. I didn’t intentionally set out to do that this time, but I am finding myself so inspired here. I’ve revamped my hairstyle, my makeup, skincare routine, my quiet time, our budget (the Dave Ramsey vibes are STRONG here :)), and my workout. I’m also wondering if these changes are further signaling me that it is time to move on from the era I’ve been in for the last 7 years–that of being pregnant and having babies. More than I ever thought I would be, I think I’m getting excited about moving on to the next stage and feeling more like my old self again (the 2016 version, of course!).
Along with the personal inspiration, I’m feeling the creative vibes that Nashville is reverberating with. There are so many musicians, artists, authors, speakers, etc that live here and the buzz in the air is almost palpable. I catch myself often daydreaming about how I will use my time when all the little girls are in fully in school. I don’t think I, myself, will be back in the classroom, but I never had much of a vision for that time until now.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still trying to get my bearings here and I often feel very disoriented. But I have not used my phone navigation in about a week which is PROGRESS and my weeks and daily routine are beginning to take shape. I still don’t know what day I do my laundry on or when I buy my groceries/order my groceries online and have them PLACED IN MY CAR, but I am figuring it out, one Nashville week at a time.