[The first time I made it to the top of Camelback Mountain, nearly 3 years ago!]
This is the day I’ve been dreading for the past 3 months….my last day in Arizona.
I couldn’t bring myself to include any other pictures than a few of my favorite Arizona landscapes that I’ve taken over the past few years. Most of these are old (which is obvious from the awful reddish/brownish hair color in the second picture). Although they are outdated, these pictures perfectly depict the beautiful desert wildlife and what I will envision after I leave Arizona.
Today we’re spending the day packing everything up and hitting the road first thing Saturday morning. It seems like only yesterday I was announcing my move to Texas and acceptance to a dietetic internship. Where has the time gone?
Nobody likes saying ‘goodbye’. Nobody enjoys leaving their comfort zone and their life behind. These things go without saying.
What I’m most surprised about is how much I’ve grown to love it here. We moved here over three years ago and didn’t know a single person in Arizona. Although this was initially intimidating (and exhausting) to move across country and not know a single soul, it was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me.
Moving from Cincinnati (a much smaller city), was eye-opening for me. I lived there for 6 years and mostly hung out with the same friends since college, so I never had to “put myself out there” and make friends. Some of my best friends still live there, but moving away gave me a chance to meet a variety of different people (that I otherwise wouldn’t have).
Moving is still a foreign concept to me–although it might not seem that way considering Dallas will be the 4th city I’ve lived in the past decade. I lived in the same house in Cleveland from age 4 until I went away to college and will always consider it my home. But going away to college and then moving across the country really helped me grow and mature tremendously.
I know we will be back here someday to visit friends (or vacation), but I’m unsure when that will be. This is one of the many factors that are making it hard for me to leave here. This week has been tough for me, and I haven’t slept well because of it. Many tears have been shed, and there are probably more to come.
The good news is when we arrive in Dallas this weekend I’ll be so busy I won’t have much time to dwell on everything.
Cheers to a new chapter in life! xo