I have some bittersweet news to share with you, my lovely readers and dear friends: Brian just accepted a new job, and we are MOVING TO AUSTIN, TEXAS!! I say bittersweet because there are certainly people, places and things that will be missed from the past several years we’ve spent in San Diego.
First, the bitter…
- Karen and Greg. These two have become our best friends in San Diego. They are the friends we can call anytime, for anything. They are truly members of the home team—the kind of people for whom I don’t need to put on makeup or clean up for, and who know that our fridge is their fridge. I will miss our sushi double dates, our movie nights, and all of the laughter that inevitably happens whenever we get together. Karen and Greg, please book a trip to Austin ASAP. Deal?
- My women’s bible study. This group has become the highlight of every week. On Tuesday mornings, I always wake up with a smile because I know I’ll see the faces of those women who I confide in and learn with. I will miss each of them dearly, but especially our leader, Spring. She has the greatest gift for investing in young women, and without knowing it she has been a mentor and role model for me since the moment I met her. I know I’ll find another group in Austin that I’ll one day feel the same about. But until then, I’ll miss my Tuesday morning bible study friends!
- Beach picnics. Sadly, we are saying goodbye to the beach. My favorite time to be at the beach isn’t in the heat of the day, but rather in the evening when the sun is starting to go down and the air is chilly enough that you better grab your fleece before you head out the door. During the summertime, Brian and I used to spend most of our date nights snacking on our homemade picnic foods and watching the sun set into the Pacific. I’ll definitely miss those sweet times breathing in the salty air!
- Starbucks (a.k.a. my office). This seems comical, but is in fact true. I go to the same Starbucks every single day, and have even become friends with many of the staff there. It’s like Cheers (where everybody knows your name) when I go in there, and I will truly miss seeing their cheerful Barista faces once I’m gone.
- Girlfriends. I’ve had a chance to make some great girlfriends in my time here in SD. Although many of them are also intending to move soon, I’ll miss the sweet times we’ve had together while we all lived in the same city. I’ll miss our coffee dates, lunches, dinner parties, and especially those fun girls nights that I just spent so much time bragging about.
And now, the sweet…
- Getting a dog. This is by far the biggest perk in my book. When it first became an option for us to move to Texas, Brian made a public promise to me in front of several good friends that if we moved to Texas, he would buy me a dog. Well, friends…that time has arrived. I can’t wait to find the perfect pup and bombard you with cute photos! You know you’re excited too.
- Closer to other friends. Leaving good friends is not fun at all. But moving closer to other friends is definitely a perk. All of Brian’s best friends live in Texas, and all of their wives are absolutely amazing women of God. I kid you not, those boys married right! I’m looking forward to seeing those ladies more often and being more invested in their lives on a regular basis. Also, my friend Erin lives in Austin, and Rachel and Jenn are just a few hours away in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It’ll be fun to be able to see all those girls regularly again!
- A new church. While it’s tough to leave behind our church—which was just starting to feel like home—the possibility of our next church is very exciting. I love that Austin is a college town, and I look forward to having more opportunities to invest in the girls at UT through a college ministry. Also, we’ve been commuting a bit to our current church, but now have a chance to find a church that’s closer to our new place so that we can dig in deep to the church community we choose.
- Coworking space. Though it will pain me to say goodbye to my beloved Starbucks, I plan to start working from a coworking space once we get to Austin. If you don’t know what that is, it’s essentially an office full of people who don’t work for the same company So fun, right? Last week I shared 10 thoughts for winter, one of which said, “the best work environments foster personal connection as well as productivity.” I think the coworking space will do just that, and I can’t wait.
- Great location. Giving up the beach is less-than-ideal, but there is a bit of good news location-wise: we are going to live by Ladybird Lake, a beautiful body of water running through downtown Austin, complete with big trees and a nice long trail for Brian, me and our future pup to take long strolls on. Woo!
So you can now fully see how this move away from San Diego is both sad and exciting. We are leaving behind some beautiful people and memories, but eagerly looking ahead to this new adventure for our family of two. I feel so confident in our decision, and am thrilled by the possibilities that lie ahead.
Have you ever moved from one state to another? What were you sad to leave behind, and what were you looking forward to when you got there?