I'm moving to Austin

Next Friday will be my last day teaching 2nd grade in my hometown.

Cue sobbing emoji. 

Why am I leaving? Apple Guy. Plain and simple. Living 9 hours away from your love wears on you.

My motto has always been that I’d move from my wonderful hometown only for a boy. However, I think I said that because I thought it would never happen. But life does happen and God’s plans are always bigger and better than our own. And this specific plan involved my best friend introducing me via text to a guy she met at the Apple Store and subsequently us meeting and falling in love [WAY more on that coming soon.] 

Apple Guy

I’m not sure what’s next. But here’s what I do know:
- I’m moving to Austin to live with my best friend
- Woz is coming with me
- I’ll get to see Apple Guy every week

Do I have a teaching job? Nope. I’m not moving until mid-fall and I’m not 100% sure right now what exactly it is I want to do. I’m throwing around A LOT of ideas job-wise and I have a strong feeling it’s going to involve kiddos, technology, creating, learning and some sort of relationship building. 

Am I crushed to be leaving my dream job/school? Absolutely. I will always and forever be a 2nd grade Rocket teacher at heart. The 3 years I’ve spent with these 7-10 year olds have changed me for the better. I am truly going to miss these littles. And I can’t even think about the staff I’m leaving behind. From amazing mentor teachers, to pod partners, to teachers who love to banter, and colleagues turned friends, no staff can replace my Rocket family. 

Are there days I feel like I am totally crazy? Of course. But I’m trusting that the Lord provides for his children and I’m taking a leap of faith with my life in a way that I’ve never done before. My comfort zone is rapidly widening and life is coming quickly. Plus there’s always grace, right? 

Bottom line: I’m terrified. I’m leaving my family, my hometown, my school, my people. But I keep reminding myself that this is a good thing. This scary feeling means I’m actually brave enough to change things in my life, refine them and refocus them.

And really, I’m not leaving anything, I’m just continuing on, figuring out life one day at a time.

Austin skyline

Also, the food in Austin might just be worth the move. #imjustsaying #culinaryschoolhereicome 

P.S. I am fully aware I am not the first person to have ever moved for a significant other or left their perfect job in search for the right one. But I’ve made the potentially crazy decision to share my fears and failures and successes with you and I hope you can at the very least laugh with me along my journey.

Cheers to new adventures!