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I’m trading snow boots for flip flops.
…white snow for white sand beaches.
…vast mountain views for vast ocean views.
…negative temps for mid 70s.
…thin, dry air for salty, humid air.
That’s right… WE ARE MOVING!
Honestly, it’s quite bittersweet. I’ve been waiting for this day to come for over a year now, but now that it’s finally here I don’t know that I’m ready! I will still stand by the fact that mountain life is not for me, but I’ve at least been able to begin to appreciate why people basically sell their souls to live here…sort of.
For one, I’ve FINALLY got to a point that I can ski without fearing my life is going to end! This is a MAJOR accomplishment for me. It was only a month or so ago that I was able to go down a green run without crying, as crazy as that sounds. In fact, a couple weeks ago I went down more than one blue run and stayed in control of my body the whole time! It definitely is a very unique feeling and when you think about the fact that you are gliding over millions and billions of tiny snowflakes, it just makes the whole sport that much more special. I’m not saying that if I were to live here longer I would be out on the slopes every chance I got, but I can at least make it down a few runs and actually feel good about it!
I thought that Nashville had strange and unpredictable weather, but Colorado has us beat! There have been several days this Winter where the temps got up to the high 40s, then the next day it was single digits or even negative. The Summers were the most strange though. During the day it could get up to the high 70’s, but as soon as the sun was gone the temps dropped to the 30s. I love my Summer nights more than about anything in this world, so this stung hard. I’ve at least learned that if I hate the weather, just give it a few hours because it WILL change! That being said, I cannot wait for a more consistent set of temps, especially those that are in the mid 70’s to 90’s!
I’ve made some friends here that will last a lifetime. Two of them even came home with me to Nashville for a short visit (though I was a terrible tour guide!) Thank goodness we all love travel, so keeping up with our friendship shouldn’t be a problem. Still, I am going to miss lazy nights with them, pizza parties, and complaining about the influx of tourists on any given weekend. There’s definitely something to be said about small town living. It’s nice to walk around the resort and both recognize people and have people recognize me. It gives one a sense of belonging, which is something I often feel I am missing out on. At the same time, I can also see how this might get frustrating when you don’t really feel like socializing, haha!
One thing I will never understand about the tiny mountain town life is the stupid high cost of living and the low wages. Currently we live in a tiny, very old apartment. It’s 2 bedrooms with 1 small bathroom and 1 tiny “closet” bathroom. We will be moving to a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house with a fenced in yard for the same amount of money we pay to live here. It makes zero sense. Not to mention, Miles will be doing the same job, but is getting a hefty pay raise! I don’t get it.
Surprisingly, as excited as I am about this move, I am also scared and don’t feel that I am ready. This place (as crazy as it’s been) has become my “norm”. Though I might not like the weather and get frustrated with our situation quite often, I at least know what to expect day in and day out (for the most part). I’ve actually settled into a sort of comfort zone. It’s a similar feeling to when I made the decision to actually leave Nashville. There were things I liked about it and people I was very sad to leave, but I knew it was a necessary step to get me to where I wanted to go. Same goes for here. There are several people I’m really sad to leave and I’ll admit it’s going to be weird being somewhere with no snow (can you believe I just said that?). Regardless, I know this move is going to get me to a place where I have always wanted to be. Change can be a scary thing, but “Progress is impossible without change” –Walt Disney.
Ready or not…here we come! I’ll bet you’re wondering where we are moving TO, aren’t you??
Miles and I will be moving to Fort Walton Beach, Florida (near Destin). It blows my mind that we will get to live within 30 minutes (or less) to one of my favorite beaches!! We are making a complete 180 in our lifestyle and I’m anxious to get settled in!
Here are just a few things I am really looking forward to:
Sunrises/sunsets without the FRIGID cold
A wide array of food/grocery options
Being closer to family
People that think 40 degrees is cold (ME)
I have no idea what this new chapter will hold and I guess that is exciting. Scary, but exciting! Get ready for lots of beach photos!