The word is out. I am moving to Austin.
The land of my sister, swimming holes and sunshine. A place that feels like a nicer, albeit HOTTER version of Seattle/Portland. A city where horses are sometimes tied up on the side of the road and you can feel the heat radiate into the core of your being. I have spent a few weeks in Austin. Leisurely eating watermelon and mango in the back yard, swimming until I turned into a prune and wandering through an abandoned warehouse turned farmer’s market. I have felt the community and kindness in the people of Austin. I have felt and understand why it is the number one place in the USA for young people to move to.
I am so ready to throw myself into this place, immerse myself in the city and get my hands dirty in the soil. This place is excited about food, I am excited about food, it will be a magical relationship.
My decision has come as a surprise to many people. Most people just ask why. Why would I want to leave a place where my family and friends are? Why would I want to leave the Pacific Northwest when it is one of the best places to live, in the entire world? Why oh WHY would I want to live in a place that is so so so hot?
Here is why:
1) I locked down a great opportunity to apprentice on an urban farm in Austin called Urban Roots. It is a non-profit organic farm in East Austin that hires teenagers and teaches them how to farm. I will be working there 12 hours a week with the farm manager, picking his brain and learning the in’s and out’s of farming. This makes my heart swell to a point I can’t explain as I want to grow up to be a farmer. Couldn’t have found a cooler place. Couldn’t be more excited. Hip Hip.
2) These people are there.
I don’t know if you know this, but these people rock my world. They do this for the following reasons: that lady is my sister. My sister is like what happens when you combine sunshine and puppy’s paws and good bluegrass music put it into a bottle, shake it and out pops a human. Meaning, she is a combination of all that is good and right with the world. She is my other half. When I told her I was moving down she said, “Apart we are a disaster, together we are unstoppable.” My thoughts exactly. And that other dude? That guy is ok I guess. Whatever. (hehe. I kid, I kid. He is the combination of deep laughter, beautiful art and feeling like a little kid again. Joyful.)
3) 9 months of sunshine. When you live in a place that is 9 months of rain, switching to a place that is opposite of everything you know (weather-wise) is a brilliant and scary thing. I can’t wait to step out my door and feel the heat in the evening. I can’t wait to find a place to swim at night. I can’t wait for trips to the beach and to dip my toes into the gulf. I can’t wait to have my freckles all year-long, and only need sweaters every once in a while. I know I will miss the rain, the green, and the magical northwest fall and winter. I get that. Here is the kicker; Seattle will still be there in a few years. Crazy, I know.
4) And finally, there is this boy… But that is a story for another time. Bottom line: sigh.
Here is to new changes, shaking my life into a new place and throwing caution to the wind. Here’s to the universe acknowledging the brilliance of all of this and granting me opportunities and bliss in a way I didn’t even know was possible.
The Perfect Margarita
1.5 oz tequila (don’t fool around with this. Get good stuff. 100% agave. Worth it)
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
A dash of agave syrup (optional)
- Get yourself a martini shaker and fill with ice.
- Combine all the ingredients into the shaker and shake shake shake.
- Rim your glass of choice with lime and then dip into coarse salt.
- Pour in the chilled margarita and enjoy. Continue to enjoy when you move onto your 2nd, 3rd, 4th. I mean, we are celebrating after all.
So happy for you!
This is crazy random- but I found your blog from the Austin Food Blogger Alliance… and I was perusing your posts when I came upon this one!
I’m actually moving to Austin myself in a little under 2 months. For almost the same reasons!
I differ in my work, but more or less, if I didn’t know better, I’d think I wrote that post myself!
I look forward to following your blog, and joining you in the fantastic city soon!
How wonderful! You’ll love Austin! Thanks for reading my blog, I’m glad you found me. And welcome to one of the best cities in the world!