This is such a fun blog post to sit down and write, y’all, and there are a few reasons why. But before I get ahead of myself with overused adjectives and excessive exclamation marks, let’s first start with what’s going on…
Not states, not even cities, but residences… so to speak.
After graduating from the University of Texas last May, I moved back home to Dallas to follow my dreams. AKA devote 110% of my time to this little place right here. And in order to do that… to run head-on into a new business without a boss or a normal 8-5 hour workday or even an idea of what each new day held… I needed stability. The stability of my little room in my little house, with my lil’ precious, supportive parents who have watched Lonestar Southern happen from the very beginning.
So for me, moving home was perfect. Whenever the “where are you living now?” question would come up, I’d always feign a little bit of embarrassment when replying with “oh, my parents. lol.” I think there’s an unspoken stigma attached to moving home after graduation… that you don’t have your life together or something. But the truth is, I’ve loved living at home. Every single second of it.
I’ve loved the familiarity, the routine, and the safe environment it’s provided in the middle of a hectic, exciting, transformative, scary stage of life. I’ve loved the family time it’s given me. I’ve loved the flexibility it’s provided. I’ve loved walking in to a fire burning in the fireplace and something yummy cooking on the stove and my puppy wagging his tail and my mom and dad chatting and joking one room over. And I’ve loved not paying rent. That’s been nice, too.
There’s been a lot to love. And I am so, so happy that I happened to spend my first year out of college at home. (In fact, for those of you debating whether or not you want to move home post-grad, let this serve as my mini soapbox in stressing that it can be a really, really great thing.)
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned this past year, it’s that nothing stays the same forever. Even great things grow and change and transform. I told myself at graduation that I’d give myself a year to figure out this blogging thing… to get a feel for whether or not I enjoyed blogging full time, was productive working alone, could make a sustainable living from it, etc, etc. And that once I figured out those things, I’d make a step in the next direction.
Suffice it to say, this year has been such a whirlwind that I didn’t even realize I’d been inching closer and closer to that “one year” mark! But it’s funny how the Lord works out timing, because the past month or two I’ve been hearing this slight background noise in the back of my mind… a restlessness that’s keyed me into the fact that it’s time for the next thing. Recently it clicked… I’ve outgrown my little room, and I’m ready for the next adventure.
Just like that, the perfect apartment kinda fell into my lap. Rather, it was a big, huge, quickly answered prayer… one that was so big and huge and quickly answered that it almost felt as if had fallen into my lap! As of May 1st, I’ll have a new home. And man, as a girl who loves change, I’m excited so excited for this new stage!
I’ve always loved sharing my personal life with y’all here on the blog, and I’m so excited to do the same with this move. Naturally, my first thought has gone to decorating… I get a whole blank canvas to fill! I’ve listed a few interior design stores I’ll be browsing through, but would also love your recommendations and any tips you may have on furnishing an apartment!
Hope this post was a fun little mix-up from the usual! If you’d like to see a sneak peak at my apartment, check my snapchat (username: LonestarSnaps) before 2pm CST. Y’all are the very, very best!
Love from Texas,