New Years is always a big time for reflection. I try to take stalk of all the amazing things over the course of the previous year, what I want to do different in the upcoming year, and what would be absolutely necessary for me to be happy in the next year. I remember 2016 being an extremely hard year for me. I kept feeling God pushing me to find my way out of the nest, out of my comfort zone, and out of Florida. So, when I sat down to reflect, it felt completely different than other years.
I sat down a few days after Christmas and made a list of what I wanted to happen in 2017, that list consisted of a new job in a new state. I didn't really know what would happen from there, but God didn't waste any time. I could feel Him moving things around in my life—readjusting things for me— taking away roadblocks that I'd banged my head against so many other times, providing things I'd never dreamed of receiving.
As I saw all those changes begin to take place, I started to read The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, and I actually finished it while descending into Chattanooga on a twelve-row Delta plane, which crop-dusted from Atlanta to Chattanooga. My life has been a roller-coaster ever since—in such an amazing way.
Since that President's Day weekend back in February, my life has been completely turned upside down. I accepted a position with a company in Chattanooga, every single thing I own is beginning to make its way into boxes, which are covering the living room floor, and God has provided more than I could have ever prayed for or dreamed of for myself. He completely orchestrated a great apartment in my budget without any headache, moving plans, additional financials I didn't expect or even dream of, and so many other little things that all fit into this great big puzzle.
In two weeks, my furniture will be moved into my new apartment just outside Chattanooga, which will officially be my new home. I'll have a mountain view from my balcony and bedroom window, finally get to live in a place that experiences all four seasons and be deep in the heart of the south—which is the friendliest place in the world to land.
Am I beyond excited? Absolutely. Am I freaking out about uprooting my entire life and moving to a city where I know absolutely zero people? There is no way to even describe my feelings about that. I am so sad to leave my family, my hometown, all my people, and move to Tennessee. Yet, at the exact same time, I know it's where I'm supposed to go. So, needless to say I am a hot mess of emotions, but I can't wait to share this next adventure with y'all!
P.S. If you made it this long, thanks for reading. If you live in Chattanooga or love Chattanooga and have recommendations, by all means, send them my way.