Goodbye Florida, Hello Texas


Time flies when you’re having fun.

It’s approximately 18 minutes past 1 on the first Tuesday of December. Outside, sirens roar, birds are chirping, and a piercing, winter breeze surges through the air. I have only been in the city for ten days, yet in that miniscule time frame, I can truly say that I’ve seen and experienced more than I have in years.

Residing in the same state for the better part of your existence conditions you to a specific lifestyle. Winters were typically spent at the beach, basking in 80-something degree weather with a Starbucks latte in one hand and cell phone in the other. This was the norm for any Floridian. In Texas? Not so much. Currently, it is a chilly 55 degrees outside and I am in what I will refer to as “hibernation mode”. Albeit I am still attempting to adjust to the frigid temps, I have certainly enjoyed the opportunity to don fashionable winter attire. Andrew made fun of me the other day for whipping out my mittens on a freezing, rainy night. Hmph.

I only moved halfway across the country, but my mom and I travelled almost 1,300 miles over the course of five days. It was a wonderful trip, starting in Central Florida and passing through Tallahassee to visit a friend near and dear to my heart, spending two nights in Alabama mingling with family, and ending with a night in Beaumont, Texas (an interesting place, indeed).

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Upon arriving in Austin, I was immediately taken back by the skyline. I used thought Orlando was a colossal city, but oh, was I was mistaken. Austin is truly unlike any place I have been to before. The people are insanely friendly, mountains are visible in the distance (Andrew insists they are merely hills), and the most adorable vintage shops, food trucks featuring every genre, and one-of-a-kind art murals trucks line the busy streets. There’s certainly no shortage of things to do here! I’ve vowed to create a bucket list of local places and spaces to check out — so if anyone has any recommendations, feel free to send them my way.

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Moving to Texas was quite possibly the craziest — and most spontaneous — thing I’ve done in my life thus far. Overall, I’m thoroughly impressed and am very much looking forward to the future. As the popular adage says, life begins at the end of your comfort zone. I suppose this means my life has just begun. Stay tuned for updates on my latest adventure!

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