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The Big Leap

My entire 28-and-a-half years have been spent in the state of Texas. Scratch that. They've been spent in Dallas. Not a suburb of Dallas. But a 10 mile radius inside of the city. I've always lived at home or within 12.2 miles from my parents' house.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Not at all. I'm over the moon about Dallas and Texas. This is my home. I'm proud of it and I love the life I've created here. But for the past few years Michael and I have wanted to try something different. And that something different isn't a baby (sorry if that's what you thought it was) and now seems like the perfect time to do it.

When we got married four years ago we followed all the steps. We moved in together after the honeymoon. We got a puppy (Hugo). We bought a house. We traveled to Europe. We raved our faces off (wait- this is not a step in the life program). We are very very happy. But, we wanted to take a little adventure. And by little, I mean we wanted to uproot our lives and move out of Texas.

A few years ago we talked about moving. Then my Dad got extremely sick with stage 3 melanoma. The topic went completely off the radar. I wanted to be here for him with his treatments. Then just as soon as my Dad was getting better, my mother-in-law found out she had the rarest form of breast cancer possible. We decided to hold off on our plans.

This past year I took a job in which I work completely virtual. First, I cannot even explain how right this job is for me. Additionally, it opened up an opportunity: now we could actually move and I could still keep my job. Next, Michael needed to see if he could also keep his job. We were worried, but his employer decided he is too vital to not have on staff. So he too can work remotely.

As of now, we can live anywhere in the United States of America, keep our jobs, and go on an adventure. We will be bringing the dogs, of course.

Our requirements are these: a music scene, outdoorsy, great community/nightlife, big (I'm just not a small town girl), and centrally located. Any guesses?

I know you might be thinking: big deal. But, for me, it is. For the first time in my life I'm moving out of Texas. I'm moving away from my family. I'm moving away from everything that I know. I'm excited and nervous and am still wondering what the hell I'm doing. Any tips on moving across the country are GREATLY appreciated.

I'm really excited for this journey and I can't wait to tell you more. Stay tuned.

Want to see where we moved?! Check out this post to find out! 

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Wow, what an amazing opportunity! Congrats!! This is my dream πŸ™‚ My husband and I would love to get to a place job-wise where we could move every year or so. Best of luck figuring out your destination!

I'm a bit late to the party but what exciting news!!!! Good luck picking your next city xx

Ok I have to admit how jealous I am! I would love to pick up and just move somewhere I've never been before but there is too much holding me here and my job would never allow me to work remotely. But who knows maybe some day it will happen. You are an inspiration, I'm so excited to find out where you are heading and to follow along!

Ok I have to admit how jealous I am! I would love to pick up and just move somewhere I've never been before but there is too much holding me here and my job would never allow me to work remotely. But who knows maybe some day it will happen. You are an inspiration, I'm so excited to find out where you are heading and to follow along!

Congrats!! It sounds like Nashville will be the perfect place for you guys!! Best of luck on your search for living quarters!!

SUPER exciting! Can't wait to see where y'all ultimately end up!

whoa! I think this is so cool and exciting!

Well…Raleigh, NC is central to the state! Please tell me it's NC!!!!

Maybe you could do a post on how to go about finding telecommuting jobs! I would love the opportunity but very weary!

I think you just described Asheville, NC!

So exciting for you! Congrats! I'm going to guess Nashville.. πŸ˜‰ I just moved to a new state to be with my boyfriend, so I'm going through the thrill of living somewhere completely new too! πŸ™‚

How exciting!! The feeling of being able to go anywhere is amazing!! Looks like y'all have lots of deciding to do!! If you want music, Nashville's got it! There's Austin, but that's still Texas and maybe not far enough for a big change? Of course there's always NEW ORLEANS πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ Can't wait see what y'all decide on! But I must say one thing. You CAN'T leave Dallas without us hanging out first!! Let's change that stat. Let me know if you need any moving advice, I'm no expert or anything, but I have been across the country and back.

Oh my goodness, how absolutely amazing, I can not wait to find out where you pick!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

My guess is Nashville, but I think it would be totally cool if you went abroad! As an Army spouse, moving is allll part of the game for me. The key is to start getting rid of unncessary things now–books, clothes, random shit that never gets used but is tucked away in a closet taking up space. Chances are, you won't have that extra closet at your new place. Downsize and spend money only when necessary, that way you can spend more freely at your new location without feeling badly! When we have a move coming up, we live solely off Dane's income and put mine entirely into savings so we have a buffer if we need cash! Okay, I'm rambling. Smooches lady! Let me know if you need anything πŸ™‚

So exciting! moving across the country after we got married has been one of our best adventures yet

good for you!!!! that is so exciting! come to chicago and you can meet me πŸ™‚

Nashville, KC, Chicago, Colorado are my guesses. I can't wait to hear.

My husband and I have been talking about doing the same thing. He's always lived close to this area so he wants to try moving somewhere new….and I want to live somewhere a bit warmer! lol! We'll se where we end up, I guess. I hope everything goes great for you, that's so exciting!

This is so exciting Helen!!! I can't wait to see where you go!
Melanie @ meandmr.com

That is awesome! Good for you guys for spreading your wings & venturing out. It will be hard to be away from family but it will be quite the adventure. I cannot wait to read where your travels take you. πŸ™‚

Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

How exciting!! I wish you both the best of luck and look forward to hearing more about it.

I'm guessing somewhere in Colorado as my first guess! Chicago is my second guess. Then maybe Nashville. How long are you going to wait to tell us?

How exciting for you! I love that you are taking an adventure to find the perfect place for you. I really identified with this because in a few days I am moving away from my hometown for the first time. Good luck, Helene!

Come to SEATTLE!!!!!!!! We have a great music scene and the weather keeps getting better and better!!

VEGAS! Oh, it's the greatest place to live. Trust me, no matter how many times you visit, it's nothing like actually living there. You're anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours away from various outdoor activities (skiing, hiking, surfing, etc.), the music scene is phenomenal (the best DJs in the world have residencies here – I'm talking the ability to see Calvin, Aoki, Zedd, Diplo, Guetta, etc. all in one night, multiple times a week), and the cost of living is cheaper than Dallas.

I might be biased because I call Vegas home, but for my vote?……..VEGAS! DO IT!!!

If you have any questions about living in Vegas, let me know!!

Z Β· JPOTTER

Congrats on your big decision! I bet big adventures await you two. I have a few guesses but I can't wait to find out where you're headed.

I'm guessing either a city in Cali, NY, or Chicago. Am I right?! Yay! Yay for new adventures.

My guess is Nashville, music capital of the US! Can't wait to find out! I'm contemplating an out of state move this year too and this gives me more confidence!

I have no guess, but I'll tell you that we did this in 2013 after living in Minnesota my whole life and it was the greatest decision we made. I can't wait to hear!!! Congrats on another big life decision πŸ™‚

So excited for you and can't wait to see where your new adventure takes you!

I am sooo excited for you. Moving across the country was the most exhilarating thing I ever did. P and I have been talking about selling half of our life and moving to the Florida Keys…
I think it's the best thing ever to start over somewhere new…I am so pumped for you guys!

Oh, how exciting! Wishing you all the luck for your first big move! Hopefully you'll find somewhere you love just as much as Dallas!

I'm so excited for you!

I moved from California to Utah for college and it was a great move for me. I'm excited for your adventure!

Wow how exciting! We love upping sticks and moving; we did that to where we are now, knowing nobody when we arrived. There's nothing quite like getting to know a place under your own terms, and making it your own. I'm sure you'll have a blast, but being rubbish at US geography I won't hazard a guess at where you're going. I look forward to finding out!

How exciting! I am so so jealous! I was just telling my husband yesterday that I wanted to go somewhere so we could have an adventure. SO pumped to hear more!

I guessed Nashville and second guess was Chicago.

Greenville, South Carolina is perfect!

How exciting! Congrats, I want to say Cali, but I don't think that's it πŸ™‚ xoxo, ganeeban

I had a feeling this was your big news and I am so excited for you both!!!! I hope you find somewhere you love and enjoy and have fun on the adventure that is life. Woo hoo!!!!!

So exciting! I wish you all the luck!

Are you going to…Nashville? New Orleans? Miami? LA?

So exciting! Can't wait to hear where it is!

Nashville! No, not really. Lol. I don't think country music is your thing. I'm guess Denver or New Orleans!

Now when it comes to moving/packing, do as I say and not as I do for sure.

-keep a "go-to" bag. Tennis shoes, comfortable clothes and don't forget underwear. Moving in such a pain in the arse and having an easy go-to bag ready to go with your essentials is so convenient. Stop by the Target dollar aisle and stock up on little deodorants and travel toothbrushes and cleansing wipes. #lifesaver
-limit your clothes. either way you're going to have to buy new ones so only keep what you really love. what's practical and comfortable and whatever makes you feel sexy. also try to limit shoes.
-shoes are easiest stacked in a flat square tub.
-clothes: put a handful together on hangers and put a garbage bag over them–super helpful to keep them organized
-LABEL EVERYTHING. boxes/tubs/bags–label the outside and list the important stuff below so you remember what went where.
-just get rid of it. When I moved from Nashville to Colorado I was only taking a tiny car load. The rest had to go. I made $70, then put a free sign on the curb and away the stuff went. It was literally (and physically) like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Literally, moving sucks but it sure does build some muscle mass.
-PLAN EVERYTHING/DON'T WASTE TIME PLANNING EVERYTHING. Moving is stressful and scary and fun and exciting and new and refreshing and awkward and new and scary and crazy and sweet and you catch my drift. Enjoy it! Moving is a chance for a fresh start and you can always move back home, so don't stress too much about making this an end all be all decision..because it's not. Have plenty of water in the car (and oil if your car leaks like mine), keep the glassware tightly packed and on-top and and keep out 2 wine glasses and grab a bottle on the road because you're gonna need a glass or five when you get there.

I just realized this was quite a hefty comment so thanks for reading through if you're still here.

Best of luck with your move and your decision and I am sending lots of good vibes to you and yours on this new and exciting endeavor!! Keep us posted…I know you will πŸ™‚

[[wow. I had to leave 2 comments because it was too long. if this wasn't worth the read than drinks are on me if ever our paths cross]].

Eeek! So exciting! Happy for you and your little family! I've moved over 20 times, and quite frankly I still kind of [really] suck at it (#overpackerprobs). But here are my suggestions and tips!

– Des Moines, IA (and being from Iowa I am completely and totally 100% biased)
It's the heart of the Midwest. You wanna get away from the world and cruise down some back gravel roads..go 10 minutes this way and you're there. You wanna enjoy the city lights and the hoppin' downtown vibes…go 10 minutes the other way and you're there. Live music? Check. Several choices here including 80/35 which is not country so I am unfamiliar, but I hear it is pretty kick-ass. It's growing in popularity and opportunity for 20-somethings and the cost of living is rather affordable. Plus ya just can't beat an Iowa sunset. It's not as flat as they say and there are some great outdoor areas, national parks and great sports as well.

-Nashville, TN (I only lived there for a year last year, but it's my second home <3)
Music City USA says it all. And not just for country. Full of up and coming breweries, an astounding number of kick-ass local coffee shops and restaurants galore–Nashvegas certainly lives up to the hype. There are plenty of suburbs on the outskirts of town or you can be right in the heart of the city. Plus Nashville is still in the central time zone which is ballin'. I'd recommend Franklin or Chattanooga if you wanna get a littler further out. They're like mini-cities with some beautiful views. Hidden outdoor gems are all around Tennessee. All sorts of opportunities await you beneath those neon lights.

-Fort Collins, CO (I only lived here for a month and a half..but I'd go back in a heartbeat)
FoCo as the locals (and people who've only lived there for a month and a half call it) is a college town with a great feel. Super cute little shops, an adorable main street and lots of live music. I really enjoyed this place and think there's plenty to do in the beautiful Colorado outdoors while still feeling like you're a part of a community.

-Washington, D.C. (never lived there, went for 3 days in 8th grade, loved it, wanna go back)

-Paris, France (cuz duh)

-St. Louis, MO (never lived, but driven through more times than I've been married…which in none..sooo)
This is a hoppin' place. I've thought about moving here (or to Kansas City, MO) because there seems to be a lot going on without being terribly overwhelming. I haven't looked into it further but I'd definitely check out your options.

This is such an exciting time in your life! The world in your oyster πŸ™‚ I uprooted myself (no husband, boyfriend, or dog) and moved to a random city, states away from my family. At the time I was thinking "what the heck am I doing" but now I look back and realize it was the best decision I could ever have made! Don't be scared, be excited! Plus you have your husband and dog for support.

well looking at the 10 best EDM Cities.. I would have picked Miami but that is not very central so.. Denver would be a good guess. Good for you embracing such a fun adventure

I recently moved to Washington DC and it's the best decision I ever made. Tons of concerts every day of the week, very dog friendly, city without being overwhelmingly large! It's terribly humid but that's the only downfall

This S E R I O U S L Y gave me the chills. I'm so happy & excited for you guys! What an amazing opportunity in your journey together!

Go out there & find your new home!

XO Fal

I'm guessing (read: hoping) Memphis/Nashville. both are so close to where I live, and I'd love to be able to run into you and meet you!! Best of luck to you!

How exciting for you guys!!!! I am guessing that Birmingham didn't make the cut of cities for you guys to move to? Hahaha! I lived in the northeast, the midwest and now the deep south and each area had it's selling points. I am sure wherever it is, it is fabulous!

aww that's fabulous!! good luck and congrats. i don't have any tips on moving across country, but if you move across the world i got you covered πŸ˜‰

I have no idea where you may be going but what a fun adventure!! I would love to move outside of my little home town, even if only for a while but having a kid and plans of futures babies has kept me grounded, here, with my family. Go enjoy all the adventures you can!

Well, frick. It obviously isn't Florida…so now my dreams are dashed! πŸ˜‰
Good luck to you in whatever direction you head! Always excited to follow along!

Ah! I'm hoping it's Nashville (we have all of those things and not just country music *hehe*)! But wherever it is, this is really exciting for you! πŸ˜‰ Congrats!

This is extremely exciting!!!! I cannot wait to see what becomes the next great city for you two! And I totally know what you mean by being int he same place and then taking a leap.

How exciting! I can't wait to see where you move! I want to travel SO badly. I've been getting the itch this summer. πŸ™‚

So exciting! Can't wait to see where you are headed to πŸ™‚

Is it Nashville or Atlanta?! Hooray for moving! We're headed to Baltimore next week! #alltheadventure

So exciting! Can't wait to hear all about your adventure πŸ™‚

Very exciting! I can't wait to hear where you are moving to. That is such a fun thing to do while you are young and don't have kids so good for you for taking on this adventure! I moved to SoCal right after college and it was fun to experience the west coast for a year!

Come to Chicago and let's be friends!

I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to find out where you are ending up! We just moved cross country from Dallas, so let me know if I can help you with any recommendations. πŸ™‚

I'm so excited for you! That's so wonderful that you both have jobs that allow you to do this. I can't wait to see where you end up!

Hmm…I want to say Denver like everyone else, but I also think maybe Nashville. Obviously, if you move to Atlanta, I would love that. But I really have no idea. I can't wait to find out more and hear where you guys are going!

Moving is fun!!! I can definitely give you some tips. Can't wait to hear where you're headed!

Wow how exciting! I live back in my hometown now but I spent several years in another state and I think it's great to move away and experience new places! Congrats!

Guessing Memphis or Nashville! What a great adventure and opportunity – I've moved a lot and there are sad and sucky parts, but there are also GREAT parts!

Nashville! It is such a fun city, and a great place to live! And then we could be friends!!

β™₯ perfectly Priya

My guess is Nashville! I'm so excited for you. I remember being terrified when I moved to Indy alone for grad school and it definitely took some adjusting, but I wouldn't change it for the world. Sometimes a change of scenery is exactly what you need to keep your life fresh and moving forward! Best of luck to you and can't wait to hear more!

I was going to say Florida but now I am guessing Nashville since it is central. Hmmm. That will be a fun adventure.

So exciting! I grew up in a small town and lived thisclose to all my of my family members, just like you. Then, I got the same itch. I loved to Tennessee "for school" and while leaving absolutely everything I knew behind was the hardest thing, it was also the best thing I've ever done for myself. My time in Knoxville and Nashville changed me and shaped me in all the best ways.

My guess? NASHVILLE!

Since I know where, I'll keep my comment short and simple so as to not give spoilers to everyone else. This comment was clearly a subtle brag.

You sly little cat stretching this out like this.

So exciting!!!!!!!!!! I kind of had a feeling that is what you were talking about before but now it's official! That is an amazing feeling that you will be able to take your jobs anywhere! I would tell you come to Tampa but it's not huge into the music scene but you can't beat the scenery that is for sure πŸ˜‰

Ahhhh so excited for you girl! Moving away from everything you know is soooo exciting yet scary at the same time but oh so worth it! We moved to Florida from Connecticut a few months after we got married, and couldn't be happier with our transition. My guess is hopefully some place warm, because northern winters are no joke! I'm thinking here in Florida or Cali πŸ™‚

Can't wait to hear the locale!!

AAAAH! So freaking excited for you! Wishing you were moving to Seattle but it's a little too rainy here for anyone sane to make that leap. Can't wait to hear about all of your new adventures, you're amazing for taking this leap of faith!

My guess is Nashville, although I don't think you're a huge country music fan. Maybe Denver? GOOD LUCK!! Can't wait to see where you end up!

Yay!! So excited for you! My boyfriend and I moved across the country 1.5 years ago and we're so happy that we did. Can't wait to hear more!

I just moved to Denver and it spectacular and meets all your requirements! Good luck- can't wait to hear more!

I'm gonna guess Nashville or Asheville, NC. Y'all are the exception to the "everyone's moving to Texas" rule, ha!

-Heather
I do what I want.

My first guess was Denver but maybe Nashville?! Can't wait to find out!

This is so exciting–what a big leap!

I will admit, I thought you were taking about a baby…lol

Well I wish you were coming to DC, but that's not very central! Good luck on your exciting adventure!

How very exciting! My first thought was Nashville!

SOOO excited for you! I've live in LA and Chicago and came back to Detroit area and would move in a heart beat again! I'm thinking Chicago, NYC, Portland, Seattle, Nashville, ATL. I'm hoping Chicago, I'm there often from MI and would loveee to hanggg, I'll bring the wine, you bring your dance moves πŸ˜‰

Chelsea | East Willow Grove

I had a feeling this was your big news! Best of luck to you, Michael and the Sula Kids. ? I commend you for leaving your comfort zone. I'm not sure I ever could. I want to guess Atlanta or Nashville but you said centrally located so that makes me was to guess New Orleans, Memphis, St.Louis or Chicago. (Even though Nashville is technically in the central time zone too…). Lol those are my guesses.
Can't wait to read about the moving and the new chapter of adventures!

How exciting!!!! My guess is Nashville!! If I'm right and you're there when I visit next year we'll totally have to get together for a drink πŸ™‚

Move to Chicago! Haha I know that won't happen, you can't handle the cold here. I think Tennessee. Memphis, Nashville, whatever.

So incredibly excited for you! I can't wait to hear more!

I'm on the Denver track with everyone else but I will throw Atlanta out there too! That's incredibly exciting for you two, and can be a bit scary. Some of my greatest adventures have come from moving away, and that has always made it worth it. I can't wait to hear more, eekee!!

I want to guess LA based on everything you said but then you said centrally located. And I selfishly got bummed that it's not LA haha.
Denver seems like the place everyone wants to do these days… my brother wants to move to CO, my fiance wants to move to CO, everyone in the comments is guessing Denver, soooo I'm gonna pick Denver! Although, Vegas is not a bad guess… hmmm

Everyone I know is moving to Denver, so I'm going to say Denver.

Ah! Excitinggg! I'm guessing Denver but then I thought mayyybe you were being sneaky with that map in the picture so – Oklahoma City?

How exciting! I can't way to follow your journey!

If you move to Chicago I will be SO JEALOUS because it's the best place ever!!!!

How exciting! I love that you two are leaving for an adventure because why not?! Yay!

I was thinking you might be moving somewhere based on your previous post about making plans! As for locations, I'm thinking either the West coast, Chicago or Nashville??? Either way, I am so excited for you and Michael! Can't wait to hear where you guys are going πŸ™‚

So excited for you!! You're young–this is the time to travel and experience living in other places! Why not?!

This is so exciting, yet scary but I know it will be a great fun adventure for the both of you and the dogs.

http://dogmomchic.blogspot.com/

I'm going to guess either Nashville or Denver! Those are such hot spots right now, and with good reason!

OMG I am so so so excited for you! I have been pushing my hubby to move for years but we're not quite there yet. I cannot wait to see where you go! XO -Kim
http://www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

I'm guessing .. West coast! Pacific Northwest or possibly Southern California!

Oh wait, you said centrally located. Chicago??!! Are you moving in with Taylor??!! Lol

How exciting! I can't wait to see where you guys will go!

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