The Big Move

Well, there it is. Ben & I's first big move is halfway across the country to the big city of  Dallas, Texas

One [of a million] things that made me so sure about marrying Ben was that we had similar goals for our future. Ever since a trip down to San Antonio for my brother's boot camp graduation during high school, I've wanted to move to Texas. I'm not sure if it was the Texas shaped waffle makers in the hotel or the wonderful warm air that made my hair turn into a frizzy mess, but that state won me over in a matter of seconds.

In the beginning stages of dating Ben, we got to talking about the future, as people in baby relationships tend to get carried away with doing. It came up that Ben's extended family lives just outside of Houston, Texas and he's always wanted to move there too. We bonded over the fact that we hate the cold, grey winters that last for 6 months up here and it was decided that someday we'd move to the big state of Texas.

Fast forward to my great job search of 2013 and that trip down to Tennessee. We love this city and the fact that it holds all of my family and a lot of our friends, but this isn't what we want for the rest of our lives. We decided that if we didn't try to move now, we probably never would. We were scared of getting stuck in a life we didn't want up here and so every single one of those 46 jobs I applied to were somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line.

And so the end result of that search is Dallas, Texas. I got offered a job working for a company that manages residence halls at colleges across the nation and it just so happens that they wanted me to work at the University of Texas at Dallas! I accepted that job on the first day of April and now I'm going to start my career in Richardson, Texas, with my husband by my side.

I'm elated. My Master's degree [that I'll complete in August] is in Higher Education, focusing on Student Affairs. I'm passionate about Residence Life and I think that it's something I'm going to be really good at. This is a really good move to get my foot in the door and I cannot wait to start my career. Plus, it's Texas! It's warm all the time and the people are so friendly. Life is easier there: more laid back and kinder. To be honest though, I'm scared too. It is 1,500 miles away. Literally every single one of my family members lives in New York. I'm so close with them and I can't imagine a life where I don't see them constantly. Also, we know no one in Richardson. With the exception of my future boss whom I've met once, it's just going to be Ben and I alone in this big city.

It's a change. It's a big, scary, exciting change that is going to turn the course of our lives. On May 22, the movers come to pick up our things and on May 27, we're heading out for the road trip to end all road trips. In only 39 days, we're leaving the comfortable known for this new adventure and I couldn't be happier to do it with my sweet husband as my teammate.

Oh and here's a little GIF I made, but can't get to be unblurry. Oh well!

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Kim said...

wahoo! This is sooo exciting! Congratulations! I've been thinking about a similar "I don't want to get stuck here, so let's move" type of change, and I'm so happy to see that it works out! Excited to see where all of this takes you!

whitney said...

congrats lady!!!

leave your jackets in your apt for the next guy!

Alyssa said...

SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you guys :) :) :)

Katya said...

You two are just too cute. I love the gif! Congratulations on the job and moving plans!

choosing{life} said...

You're going to be fabulous!!!! And you will make wonderful Southern friends who will teach you about barbecue, fried... well, everything, and why "y'all" is an incredibly practical word. So excited for you both :)

Mindy said...

I'm usually a lurker but as a Dallas native I have to send you a big WELCOME! You'll absolutely love it! July and August will take some getting used to but it's worth the trade off for mild winters! Good luck with yall's new life here! :-)

~ callee ~ said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you both! Yay!

Jay said...


I've spent a bit of time in Dallas but much, much more in Houston. Texas is such an interesting place to live. Best wishes as you make the move!