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We’re Moving To…

What if someone told you that you could live anywhere in the United States? Where would you go? How would you choose? Well that's what I was trying to decide. In case you haven't heard, I'm moving. For the very first time in my life I'm moving away from family, friends, and everything that I know- and leaving Dallas.

Did you guess where we're moving? It was so fun to read where you thought I'd be heading. Some of you know me too well.

When we decided to move, we had some requirements: centrally located, outdoorsy, music scene, a big city. I wrote down some of my favorite cities and places I'd always dreamed of living. Michael, on the other hand, wrote down all the places in the UNITED STATES that had all of our above requirements. He narrowed it down to 48 cities. 48. I looked at his list in his excel document then rolled my eyes at him. I was worried we'd never move.

We started talking to friends about where we would be happiest. We did a lot of research. We took quizzes. Michael's front runner was Denver. He loves the outdoors (hiking, mountain biking, skiing) and the weather. My vote was New Orleans. An awesome music scene, there's always something to do, and Mardi Gras.

These cities are very different from one another, so how could we ever decide? We went back to the drawing board. Michael decided to look at a map and wanted to pick a place that is close to other fun things to do. While Denver and New Orleans are awesome, wonderful cities- we wanted somewhere kind of in the middle so that we could explore other cities and states nearby.

We looked at Tennessee. I had only visited Tennessee a few times: twice for work, and once for a music festival. But we loved that it had mountains, a music scene, centrally located, and plenty of big cities. I chose Nashville; Michael chose Knoxville. After much debating, we decided on Nashville.

So, we are moving to Nashville! 

Every time I fill out a form and it asks for a state I click “T” for Texas, and Tennessee pops up first, I smile. I'm just so excited I can hardly stand it. Over the 4th of July weekend we'll be flying into Nashville to try and figure out where we'll live.

Now the question is… where should we live in Nashville? Seriously. If you have an idea of a great (affordable) place to live, let me know! I'm utterly lost right now. 

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I would absolutely love to move to Nashville or even visit first of all. The food, the music, the mountains – it all just seems amazing! I’m excited to keep reading your blog and find out more about the move! xx

My family absolutely adored Nashville when we visited two years ago for vacation. I would love to live there!

I am a little behind the times, but this caught my eye because we did the same thing in October! Packed up and moved to Nashville from Indiana. For almost all the same reasons as you, plus we have family in Tennessee. I am so excited for you, you are going to love it! We rent a house in East Nashville and it's awesome (but expensive). Nashvilleguru.com helped me a whole bunch with neighborhood guides.Email me if you have any other questions – I love talking about Nashville living!

I would love to get up and move especially cross country, especially to Nashville! What a great music scene, country,city, small towns, just itsan experinece… I have never been but I've heard SO many great things about living there. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you all the luck in the world and I look forward to keeping in touch with your new journey!

Welcome to our city! I'm a Nashville blogger as well! I blog over at http://www.savingeveryday.net/ and would love to meet you! Do you like coffee? Our city is home to some of the best coffee shops in the country! I second the advice Malia gave you. Although I love living in Brentwood, East Nashville is home to some of the most unique shops, restaurants and bars in the city. I actually trek over to that side of town to work from Ugly Mugs (one of my favorite coffee shops). Good luck on your move!

Welcome to Tennessee!! I live in Nashville (well, specifically Brentwood) and have been in TN for 18 years. We love it here.

If you're wanting a fun/funky place to live that is close to everything check out East Nashville and the 12th South/Melrose/Berry Hill areas. If you're doing any long-term planning and want to be near good schools, Brentwood/Franklin/Nolensville (south of Nashville in Williamson County) are good choices as is Hendersonville (north of Nashville in Sumner County).

We have a Nashville Women Who Blog Facebook group full of awesome people who would love to connect with you and welcome you to our fair city.

Good luck with your move and your scouting trip. So exciting!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! You'll be just 3 short hours away from me! Nashville meet up!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Coming from someone who lives in Nashville, and goes to school (UTK) in Knoxville, you guys definitely made the right choice with Nashville! It's a quickly growing city that has a lot to offer other than music. East Nashville is awesome, I would recommend looking for places in that area. It's growing a lot there but has freaking everything! Also, Brentwood and Franklin, which are suburbs outside Nashville, have great (and cheaper) neighborhoods, because they are wealthy areas, and everywhere is extremely family friendly for ya know, one day ๐Ÿ™‚

You guys will love ittttt!

so excited for you two and your furbabies, adventures are what you need in your life ( not that you didn't already have them) So cool

I've always wanted to visit Nashville! Now I have a reason! So exciting!

Oh man congrats thats awesome news!!! That sounds like its totally up your alley. You two will have a blast!

I've never been. Actually, that's not true. I stopped at a McD's once on my drive from VA to GA. I'm super excited for you though! I have a strong feeling you're both going to LOVE it!

YAY! Great idea! I love it and willlll one have to visit you because you're amazing AND I'm obsessed with the tv show (well, mainly Connie Britton and her hair). So there's that.

How exciting!! I'm so jealous! I will be there next November (so a while away) and if you're still there I'd love to meet up to grab a drink or something. I can't wait to follow along the journey ๐Ÿ™‚

Nashville is such a fun city! Can't wait to see the adventures that await you in your new city!

That's so exciting! My friend went there on vacation with her boyfriend and had so much fun. I hope you find a great place!

So exciting, I think that sounds like the perfect place for the two of you!

I am so crazy excited for you guys!! I swear I was just watching the CMT Awards last night and thinking, I would LOVE to live in Nashville! You guys are going to have so much fun and I cannot wait to follow along on your next chapter of adventure!

I'm so jealous! I love Nashville! I'm hoping to move there in the next few years as well!

How great! I love that you two just picked it and are going to make it happen!

So exciting! And there's quite the blogger scene in Nashville, too!

Wow! So cool! It's gonna be so much fun living there! ๐Ÿ™‚ Never been there but seen on TV. LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

So incredibly excited for you!

Yay!!! I guessed right!!! I'm so happy for you. My MIL/SIL just moved to Nashville. We go a few times a year. I think Franklin is a good area.

All three of my guesses were right. How excitรฎng! Nashville ahhhhh! That's so awesome. I can't wait to read about your new adventures!

Congrats!! You're going to love Nashville! It's a great city! I lived in east Nashville when I was there. It's definitely a little hipster area but such adorable houses and close to everything!!

I knew it! Amazing. Congrats. I have two girlfriends from home that live there and they absolutely love it. One of them owns a recording studio and has fully embraced Nashville life. I would love to visit them one day. Best of luck with the move!

Congrats, so exciting! I've heard Nashville is awesome!

That's so great! I was in Nashville for New Years Eve. It was SO much fun! So much to do and so much history! Good luck!

Nailed it! You're going to love it!! No idea on where to live… I was only at Vandy when I was there last month – but I can check with some friends who are in the area! My college cheer coach is opening a dance studio there and another friend works for Nashville Cares… so I will probably get a wide range of answers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I'm soooo excited for you. We have a few friends in Nashville and they absolutely love it. I hope you've got your cowboy boots ready ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats!!!

How awesome! I live a few hours away from Nashville.

I have lived my whole life in the same area, I can't imagine moving away it would be scary to move away from family and all that we know but it could be exciting as well………………hope your move is all good well more good then not so good…………….

Nashville is great! We have family there and love visiting. Downtown can be a pain during the CMAs and New Year's Eve, but it's still great. ๐Ÿ™‚ One thing to be aware of is was your future home around when Nashville flooded and did it sustain any damage. Some homes are still recovering from that or have invisible problems because of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I TOTALLY guessed Nashville. Good luck! Sounds like it will be a perfect next stop in your adventures!

NOLA was actually my guess! Nashville is great though, so much to do! and Knoxville was also great!

Woohoo!! Can't wait to see all your Nashville adventures! I'm sure y'all will love it there!

This is so exciting! I've never been to Nashville before, but have heard it's amazing! If I could move anywhere in the US I think it would have to be NYC or Southern California, two very opposite places haha. Good luck with everything!

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Soooo exciting! Can't wait to hear all about your new adventures in Nashville ๐Ÿ˜€

YEAH!! I totally thought Nashville – you're going to love it! The vibe is so centered around music and HELLO…right down the road from so many great festivals!! good luck on the moving chaos love! xxo.

How exciting! Congrats lady and safe travels for 4th July weekend!

I knew it! haha! That is so exciting! I am someone that loves to move, so I fully support this! I am passing through Nashville soon. I've never been but am so excited to go! ๐Ÿ˜€

SO exciting!! Congrats on the decision and best of luck with the change! We are also considering a move and it's great to read about others doing similar life changes! ๐Ÿ™‚

I guessed right! I'm sure the south will welcome you with open arms. Good luck!

What a great choice! You are going to love Nashville!

YAY!!! I love Nashville–definitely one of my favorite cities, and I would totally move there if I could. My bff lives there–in fact, her fiance is her realtor! Let me know if you want his info.

Um, well obviously you need to catch up on the show Nashville to prepare yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is so exciting!!!!! One of my good friends dances with Nashville Ballet and she l-o-v-e-s the city. I'm jealous of almost all of her Instagram posts about Nashville.

That's exciting. I'm originally from TN and even though I live in NC now, there's something about Tennessee that makes my heart smile. I was born in Knoxville and have lots of family and friends still there but I think you guys are more Nashville kinda people. Good choice!

YAY – WELCOME TO NASHVILLE! My fiance and I moved here in October and we absolutely love it! It's such a fun place to live and the people are super nice, incredible and unique! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the area (brkcrsn@gmail.com) and would love to meet up for drinks sometime! WELCOME AGAI!

AGAIN* sorry, my excitement took over…

Woop woop! That was one of my top 2 guesses! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So excited for you two!

Helene! I'm so excited for you guys! You are going to LOVE it here ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to get together for drinks once you get here & settled! Feel free to email me if you have any Nashville questions – I'm happy to try and help!

Yee! SO SO excited for you girl! My best friend lives in Knoxville and I've been dying to go visit her (and make her show me Nashville). I can't wait to read about all of your adventures in a new city. It's going to be an amazing adventure!

Ah I bet that willbe awesome. I've only ever visited and I was like 14 at the time. Haha

I knew it!!! Congrats! I've never been there but it's def a city on my bucket list. I can't wait to follow along on your move!

That is so exciting! I wish I had the guts to pack up and move away!

OMG! OMG! OMG! So excited!!! haha. Message me when you are settled in and we can do lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

As far as location, are you thinking apartment or house? We have so many cool neighborhoods that I think you'll love it anywhere!

Yay! I'm so excited for you all! Your husband sounds just like mine– he makes excel spreadsheets for everything! haha

So exciting!! Nashville is a total music town so you should be right at home!! How exciting!

I knew it!!! I love it! You will LOVE Nashville! It's such an amazing city! I almost want to consider it myself!

If you guys ever go on a little roadtrip towards the East Coast (DC, beaches, etc,) I have some great VA suggestions for you. I know that's wayyyy down the road but I'm already imagining your excitement to explore the other states around you for you! haha

I love Nashville! And you're closer to meeeeee!!! So excited for you!

Woohoo!! Congrats! I've never been to Nashville, but it's high on my list. It looks and sounds like such a cool city. I've wanted to go ever since I discovered the show 'Nashville' and binge watched it. I laughed about Michael's excel document. My boyfriend makes a spreadsheet for everything and I'm more of a follow my gut kind of girl. Exciting times ahead!

Yay!!! That's so exciting! Personally I thought you should have chosen Atlanta (wink wink)! But Nashville is great! My cousin lives there and I go a few times a year and next time you'll be there! yay!!!

Nashville sounds amazing! I've always wanted to visit. Congratulations!!! I can't wait to follow your journey!

that is SO exciting!!!!!!! I wish you all the best of luck!!!! I'll be moving from NY to Florida in about 18 months so I'll be looking forward to your packing tips ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting!!!!!!! I still haven't been but maybe now this will be my excuse to visit ๐Ÿ˜‰

I'm in shock! I never pictured you a Nashville girl, but scenery wise yes it is so nice. I am interested in seeing what music scene you find there. It has been a while since I had ties there but it was a Christian/country scene mostly… however I have seen the electronic scene catching on too recently. Please share what you find, it does interest me. Anyway…FUN! I'm jealous that you can just GO! Can't wait to follow your adventure. Best Wishes Helene!

I should've known Nashville was an option ๐Ÿ˜‰ my best friend lives near there in Franklin and loves it!!!!! Good luck!!!

That's so exciting! My husband and I are moving right outside of nashville next September when he gets out of the Navy!

That's so exciting! My husband and I are moving right outside of nashville next September when he gets out of the Navy!

Love this……..I recently did the same and moved from St Louis, Missouri to Miami, Florida! Good luck!

Oh I loved Nashville! It is close to many other places and things to do. Plus the music… Oh the music! Good luck with everything, I can't wait to read along on this adventure y'all take.

ahhhhhhhhhh Nashville is so great!! congraaaats!

oh how exciting! we are super close to Nashville and might be doing a road trip there before the end of the year, so i'll have to stalk you. i have no idea about where to live though. in T Swizzles house? I assume she sold it when she moved to NYC. haha.
If you told me I could live anywhere in the US.. I'd choose somewhere hot. Arizona probably. I'd love Florida but KC would die from the humidity.

Awesome! I would not complain about moving to Tennessee, or North Carolina, or many other states. I have never lived outside of South Carolina.

Ok, as a Knoxville alum (I live in Massachusetts now) I want to formally welcome you to Tennessee! I'm so excited, Nashville is the bomb.com! It's a city without the giant nameless city feel and, although I'm biased, Tennessee is the best state around! Good luck with deciding on which area of the city to live!

Congrats, this is awesome! I've loved Nashville every time I've visited! I wish you guys the best in whats to come with moving, and I can't wait to hear all about Nashville!

Fabulous! When do you think you'll go?

Will you rent your house out in Dallas or sell it?

That is super exciting. I'm thrilled to read and watch your journey on the blog!

Congrats, this is so exciting! I'm really happy for you!

Literally was just telling my husband last night that Nashville is definitely a place I'd move to! So exciting!

That is soooo exciting! I wish you sooo much fun and joy on your new adventure! XO -Kim
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Congratulations, how cool! I have never been, but hear it's absolutely awesome!

Congrats, can't wait to see how the adventure unfolds ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo, ganeeban

Ah!!! SO EXCITING! And I am SOOOOOOOOOO jealous. I've always said, if I ever picked up and moved, it would be directly to Nashville. Cannot wait to hear all about your new adventure and live vicariously through you and Michael ๐Ÿ™‚

Nashville was my guess! After going to college at Tennessee, I moved out to Nashville for a couple of years and LOVED it. I'm happy to answer any and all Nashville questions, ha! I think you two would love East Nashville. It's eclectic, has a great music scene all of its own, and is just across the river from downtown. Germantown would also be a great place. I'd recommend staying out of North Nashville though – bit scary up that way.

You will love it!

Congrats! This is big and I hope you guys love it!

Ahh so exciting! I would have been really tempted by New Orleans also. I've heard great things about Nashville and I can't wait to read all of your Tennessee adventures! Congrats!

Exciting! I love Nashville.. it's so much fun. Only 3 hours from us so lots of people do weekends there!

God I'm so excited for you. Texas & Tennessee… my two favorite places in this world. I can't wait to come visit (and by that I mean I'm inviting myself and will be coming to visit)

So exciting! I hope y'all have an easy time finding somewhere fun to live there.

Hooray Nashville! I already told you I'm visiting, but it bears repeating. I. Will. Be There.

Woohoo! That was one of my guesses! So exciting!!

Woo hoo! So exciting! My sister lives in Knoxville and while it's all well and good I think you'll be so happy with your choice on Nashville

So exciting!!!! My husband's boss has family in Nashville and they travel there all the time! They keep telling us its a city worth visiting, now with you guys being there, we may just have to book a trip! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I live in Nashville and it's awesome! I think you'd love East Nashville area. The housing market is nutso right now! Everyone wants to move here so it's getting pricey!

I knew it!!! I was there this past weekend and legitimately thought about dropping everything and moving. Such a great city.

Sounds awesome and so exciting!! I don't know why, but I recently decided I'd love to move to Nashville, too. And I do have to move soon… so who knows! haha

Congratulations on the move, Nashville is amazing! I can say that because I moved here 4 months ago from Seattle ๐Ÿ™‚ Hillsboro village/ West End are two of my favorite areas but can be a little pricey. East Nashville is definitely more affordable known to be a little "hipster," but lots to do there. I found http://nashvilleguru.com/neighborhoods to be a big help before I moved. I'm renting right now and I love the area I'm in right now, if you want to know more I'd be happy to chat!

AHHHH!!!! That's where we are trying to move, too!!!!! It's been on our plan for over year, just trying to work the job into it! So exciting, lady!

How exciting!! I've visited Nashville several times, and I adore the city. I'm certain you will never run out of things to do there!

Yay! I LOVE Nashville. I had such a blast when I went there a year ago.. I would definitely consider moving there.

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Oh, check out East Nashville. I stayed at an airbnb there. It was the cutest historic house, and it was pretty close to all the cool parts of town.

Hooray! I had a gut feeling it would be Nashville! That seems like the perfect place for you with all the music and culture and plenty of outdoorsy stuff. My fiance is from Nashville – it is such a dreamy place and I have TONS of suggestions for you on places to go! I love Hillsboro Village (because hello – Pancake Pantry!!!!) and 12 South, but I don't really think you can go wrong. I'm so excited for you and now I really want to visit Nashville again ASAP.

ohmygoodness that is exciting!! Congrats!! Me and my husband are currently doing the same thing! we are leaving everything we know behind in Georgia and starting completely over in South Carolina to live on the beach. boom for making huge moves in your 20s before its too late haha

I immediately thought of Nashville for you guys after reading your announcement the other day! Congrats and enjoy this amazing transition in your lives! :):):)

Nashville is a wonderful city! I have visited a few times and loved it. The Gulch area was a pretty popular area to be in the last time I was up there. You will be so close to Atlanta, Birmingham, and North Carolina living there too!!

So exciting! Good luck on the house hunting!

Congratulations!!! What a fun city! And apparently, you can hang out with Kristen Cavalleri and Jay Culter lol

Congratulations on your decision! So exciting!

How exciting!!!! Moving is always such a fun crazy adventure, can't wait to follow along. Denver is actually on my list of places I would live if we move back to the states, so many pretty cities it is hard to chose!

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